World Electronic Sports Games 2018-2019 DOTA 2 Tournament Preview

By Default Admin
on Dec 30, 2018

World Electronic Sports Games 2018-2019 will be one of the biggest esports events of 2019. This event offers tournaments for a variety of highly popular esports titles, such as Dota 2 and Counter-Strike: Global Offensive. In this article we will introduce you to the Dota 2 competition organized as part of WESG 2018-2019.

As with all the other competitions within WESG 2018-2019, the Dota 2 one will have a massive prize pool of $890.000, will bring together 32 teams from all over the world and will take place mid-March this year, in China.

WESG 2018 2019 DOTA 2 Online Qualifiers

WESG Dota 2 Participants

World Electronic Sports Games 2018-2019 is attended by 24 teams. This naturally translates into a lot of matches, a really cool show to watch and obviously, a lot of Dota 2 betting opportunities.

The thing that makes World Electronic Sports Games 2018-2019 different from all the other esports events is its insistence on bringing in “national” teams. In other words, the teams we will see are not going to be the standard Dota 2 teams that people are probably used to. Instead, they will be teams that have 5 players of just one nationality.

The rules imposed by the organizers create a double edged sword. On the one hand, the public is likely to have a lot of fun watching all of these star players from all over the world compete under their country’s banner. But on the other hand, the fact that some of the strongest Dota 2 teams in global rankings already have a roster made up of 4 or even 5 players of the same nationality makes it very difficult for the rest to compete.

With the exception of the 4 directly invited teams, almost all of the others are known at this point. They are the following:

  • EHOME
  • PotM Bottom
  • TEAM TEAM
  • Team Canarinho
  • Gorillaz-Pride
  • Omega Gaming
  • Team Ukraine Yellow
  • Team Russia
  • Nemiga Gaming
  • The Final Tribe
  • Deutschlando
  • Australia
  • NoLifer5
  • Orcus
  • TNC Predator
  • WarriorsGaming.Unity
  • BOOM ID
  • Veteran
  • Leetpro Esports

Going into World Electronic Sports Games 2018-2019, these are the most important competitors on this list:

  • Team Russia
  • TNC Predator
  • Team Ukraine Yellow
  • Team Canarinho
  • Orcus
  • The Final Tribe
  • Australia
  • EHOME

All of these teams are either well known standard rosters (such as TNC Predator), almost fully standard rosters (such as Team Russia, who is practically Virtus.pro but with Afoninje instead of No[o]ne), or improvised rosters that contain world-class players in them (such as Orcus or Australia).

It will be interesting to see who the 4 directly invited teams are, but for the most part, we’re very confident that one of the 8 teams listed above will win the title at World Electronic Sports Games 2018-2019. Last year, Team Russia won the tournament with ease, and we do expect them to do the same this time.

However, the battle will be a lot fiercer than it was at the previous edition of WESG, simply because there are more world-class players competing this time. But in the end, it’s hard to think of anyone who could realistically beat the quad core of Virtus.pro, currently the strongest team on the planet.

World Electronic Sports Games Dota 2 Prizes

World Electronic Sports Games 2018-2019 offers a massive prize pool of $890.000. Of course, given the fact that Dota 2 has the largest tournaments in the industry in terms of prizes, we suspect that most of the top contenders will not feel the pressure of the event.

However, the prize pool distribution still makes WESG the greatest event after The International. It’s mathematically more profitable than a Major for the team that manages to win it, simply because a Major offers just $350.000 to its winner while World Electronic Sports Games 2018-2019 offers half a million.

The $890.000 will be divided among the best 8 participants in the following way:

  • 1st place: $500.000
  • 2nd place: $200.000
  • 3rd place: $100.000
  • 4th place: $50.000
  • 5th – 8th place: $10.000

With the rest of the teams going home empty handed, the competition will be even fiercer. Practically, 2 thirds of the teams will get nothing for taking part in the event. This is not standard practice at all for Dota 2 tournaments, but the organizer of WESG, namely Alisports, insisted on this way of doing things and they’ll use the same system for every single one of their competitions.

WESG 2018-2019 Dota 2 Event Format

World Electronic Sports Games 2018-2019 will likely have a Group Stage – Playoffs format in which the Group Stage actually takes place in 2 stages. For the first one, 8 groups of 3 will be used. The top 2 teams from each group qualify for the second phase of the Groups. This phase will consist of 4 groups of 4 teams each. The top 2 teams from each group advance to the Playoffs. Here, there will be 4 Quarterfinals, 2 Semifinals, 1 3rd Place Match and 1 Grand Final.

The Top Contenders

These are the top contenders at World Electronic Sports Games 2018-2019. Keep an eye on them throughout the event and make sure you don’t take a massive risk by betting on their defeat. They are not likely to be defeated until the Quarterfinals or even the Semifinals, unless they happen to face each other during an earlier stage.

Team Russia

Team Russia is the champion of the previous edition of WESG and the team with the highest chances of winning this next edition of the event. The reason is pretty simple to grasp: in a tournament that mostly brings together newly formed teams, a competitor with a stable roster that happens to be the best in the world is simply unbeatable. Four members of Team Russia are also members of Virtus.pro, the team that won The Kuala Lumpur Major this season and finished the Dota Pro Circuit in 1st place last season.

Virtus Pro Dota 2 Squad win The Kuala Lumpur 2018

Virtus Pro Dota 2 Squad win The Kuala Lumpur 2018

Solo and his crew are likely to dismantle all opposition at World Electronic Sports Games 2018-2019. The only real danger comes from within. Afoninje will be the stand-in who will replace No[o]ne (the 5th Virtus.pro player who is Ukrainian), but even this player is currently an active member of Gambit Esports, a solid esports organization from the CIS region. So overall, we definitely expect Team Russia to win the tournament.

TNC Predator

TNC Predator is another great Dota 2 team and probably the 2nd strongest competitor at this event. TNC is actually playing in its standard formation and keep in mind that this is a top 6 team worldwide at the moment. Not only that, but they also have a lot of great individual players and top results to back their chances, in addition to being the WESG champions in 2016.

TNC Predator Squad

Going into World Electronic Sports Games 2018-2019, we expect TNC Predator to get at least a 4th place result. In theory, it should make it all the way to the Grand Final, unless it encounters Virtus.pro in an elimination match along the way.

Other teams

Apart from the two teams mentioned above, Team Ukraine Yellow, Team Canarinho and EHOME are the competitors you’ll want to keep an eye on. Apart from these, remember that Orcus is Miracle’s team, so they practically have one of the best players in the world as one of their cores. As for [Team] Australia, they have ana, the best player and champion of The International 2018.

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