As we are nearing the end of September, the scene has slowly mellowed down with some of the other larger tournaments being played in October. While we are in the calm before the storm, there are some events that still keep us hyped for the upcoming slew of tournaments that will shower us later this year.
League of Legends’ biggest tournament will start soon, with teams travelling from all over the world into the bubble established in Shanghai. Dota 2 also has another Beyond the Summit-organized tournament, and this one looks just as packed with new teams making rounds. More on that below!
League of Legends
Worlds 2020 Pools
The League of Legends Season 2020 World Championships will start on September 25, and it is the perfect time to jump in the hype and start looking for a team to stick to.
Last week, the League of Legends Esports team streamed the Worlds 2020 Draw Show, determining the groupings of the teams that qualified for the Play-in and Main Event of the tournament. The result of the draws was quite the stacked group, and we can’t wait any longer to see who will play.
Because the Vietnamese teams could not participate in light of travel restrictions, the Play-In format or the year was changed.
Two groups will be in the Play-In stage, with the Knockout round between the 3rd and 4th placer of each group, and the winner will proceed to fight the 2nd placer of the opposing group to qualify in the Main Event. Here are the two Play-in Groups:
- INTZ (BR)
- Legacy Esports (OCE)
- MAD Lions (EU)
- SuperMassive Esports (TR)
- Team Liquid (NA)
- LGD Gaming (CN)
- PSG Talon (PCS)
- Rainbow7 (LAT)
- Unicorns of Love (CIS)
- V3 Esports (JP)
As for the Main Event, it still proceeds in the same fashion with four groups and 4 teams per group, with the final team being drawn from the Play-in Qualifiers. Here are the distributions per group, without the Play-in teams included:
- G2 Esports (EU 1st seed)
- Machi Esports (PCS 1st seed)
- Suning (CN 3rd seed)
- DAMWON Gaming (KR 1st seed)
- JD Gaming (CN 2nd seed)
- Rogue (EU 3rd seed)
- Fnatic (EU 1st seed)
- Gen.G (KR 3rd seed)
- Team SoloMid (NA 1st seed)
- DRX (KR 2nd seed)
- FlyQuest (NA 2nd seed)
- Top Esports (CN 1st seed)
As part of the adjustments made due to Vietnamese teams being unable to participate, the original slot intended for them was given to Korea’s 3rd seed, sending them to the Main Event.
BTS Pro Series Season 3
Beyond the Summit has once again graced the Dota 2 community with another set of Tier 2 tournaments to keep the fans entertained and to help the pro players stay sharp.
In the Americas Division, the playoffs are underway and the leading team is Quincy Crew moving up to the Upper Bracket Finals after beating Team Brasil in Round 1. Infamous and beastcoast are set to fight each other to determine who will square up against Quincy Crew, while Team Brasil is now climbing from Lower Bracket Round 2 with Thunder Predator standing on their way.
In the Europe/CIS Division, the Group Stage is about to conclude in a few days’ time. Two teams have qualified for the upper bracket playoffs: Mudgolems with 5 wins and 2 losses, and Vikin.gg with 5 wins, 2 losses, and 1 draw. Potential teams for the remaining upper bracket slots are HellRaisers and Ninjas in Pyjamas, but we’ll see if they can make it through in the final day at September 22.
In the Southeast Asia Division, the group stage has passed the first half. Among Us, a new team, stands at the top with a flawless 7-win record and 14 game victories. Following them is Boom Esports with 4 wins and 3 losses, and TNC Predator with 5 wins, 1 loss, and 2 draws.
One match in the SEA division between TNC Predator and 496 Gaming ended up in a victory for the former by forfeit, due to one of their members having health issues.