The $600K Omega League is coming to Dota 2
Alliance, Team Liquid, Natus Vincere, Ninjas in Pyjamas, OG, Team Secret, and Virtus.pro have united with WePlay! Esports and EPIC Esports Events to launch the Omega League. This could well be the ultimate iteration of online Dota 2 leagues, with a $600,000 USD prize pool available over two regions and four divisions.
The teams released a co-signed statement that read, in part:
The suspension of the DPC has thrown our competitive scene into a sort of twilight zone populated by an array of small tournaments making it very taxing on players, and hard for fans to engage emotionally. We decided to work together as a coalition of organizations, driven by our commitment to the fans, our love for this game, and the will to create a more sustainable competitive ecosystem around DotA 2. OMEGA LEAGUE is the first tournament coming from this partnership and everyone involved has poured their hearts into making it worthy of those mythical weeks in August.
The Omega League will provide a month-long focal point for fans of European and American Dota 2, while providing a sizable prize pool (at least, for the European teams). Sound complicated?
WePlay! Esports will handle English production while the RuHub tackles the Russian counterpart. The event will run from July 20, when Open Qualifiers begin, through September 6.
The league will be divided into two regions - Europe and Americas. Each region will also have two Divisions, Immortal and Divine in Europe, and Divine and Ancient in Americas.
For the most part, each Division will feature its own round-robin group stage, with teams competing in two groups. Top teams will then advance to the playoffs, which are double-elimination brackets. There’s one thing to keep in mind: teams that don’t advance in the upper Division for each region will head to the playoffs for the lower Division.
Europe will take the larger share of the prize pool, with $500,000 for the Immortal Division and $50,000 for the Divine Division. Americas will see $31,500 for their Divine Division and $8,500 for their Ancient Division.
The open qualifiers will start soon, on July 20, and then be followed by regional qualifiers. Already announced for Europe are:
There are two more invites yet to be announced. Also notable, the open qualifiers will have a $10,000 prize pool.
Presumably, all the teams involved in the formation of the Omega League will be competing in the Immortals Division. This means two teams should qualify from the regional qualifier, with 12 teams from the closed qualifier advancing to the Divine Division. Lots of opportunities there! No details are available regarding America’s teams at this time.
This event will, presumably, take the place of the WePlay! Pushka League, given WePlay!‘s involvement. The Americas’ portion will clash with the ESL One Thailand 2020: Americas division. Given that ESL is handing out $65,000 for the Americas (nearly twice the amount available through the Omega League), we anticipate some scheduling issues. As more information about the League becomes available, Picklebet will follow-up.