Beyond the Summit returns with DOTA Summit 13 Online, an online event. This time, event will feature European / CIS region.
This time, Dota Summit is returning in online format due to still ongoing COVID-19 restrictions and pandemic. Compared to the previous version of the tournament, this one will be played in completely online mode. Last Dota Summit, Season 12, was played as a LAN, online tournament. Featuring only 6 teams and $150,000 prize pool it was surely a tournament to remember. Well, at least for Fnatic, a SEA Dota 2 squad that took 1st place vs now non existing OG Seed squad.
Due to an online play, this tournament was divided into 3 regions. SEA and Americas regions started on October 21st and are still going on, while for EU/CIS part of the tournament is starting up now. In this article, we will focus on EU/CIS division and it’s format, prize pool and teams participating.
Dota Summit EU/CIS will be held for 7 days. From November 2nd to November 8th we will watch some of the best European teams fighting it out. Tournament features 10 Dota 2 teams fighting for the total prize pool of $50,000. From the total of 10 teams, 2 teams were directly invited to the grand finals and 8 teams will start from the group stage. From that 8 group stage teams, 6 teams were directly invited to the tournament, while 2 teams qualified for Dota Summit through open qualifiers.
Group stage will be played from November 2nd to November 5th and it will feature two GSL groups where all the matches will be played as best of 3 series. Interestingly enough, top 3 teams from each group will advance on to the playoff stage, while the last, bottom team in each group will be eliminated from the tournament. Playoffs are scheduled to be played from November 6th to November 8th as a single elimination bracket with best of 3 matches, except the grand finals, which will be best of 5 series. In total, we will watch 10 Dota 2 matches in the group stage.
Here are the 10 teams that will fight for the DOTA Summit 13 EU/CIS title:
Group Stage Invite
As we can see from this list, we have almost every tier of teams here. From tier 1 to tier 3. What does that mean? It means we have top teams like Team Liquid and Vikin.gg here, but we have some unknown names here too like Khan or Brame. Submarines and Brame are coming out of open qualifiers. Yellow Submarine showed themselves in the recent ESL One Germany 2020 as a team that can surprise the strongest teams out there. While on the other side, Brame is a new organization with mostly Greek famous players like Focus, Skylark and SsaSpartan.
When looking at these names, I can name one team as a top favourite here. That’s Team Liquid. They are recent ESL One Germany 2020 champions. Tournament that ended up yesterday launched them at the top of the EU Dota 2 scene again. They are really playing amazingly in the recent weeks or so. They are my number 1 favourites, and if they take this tournament seriously, they should be able to take it. My underdog pick here should be Live to Win for sure. A new CIS Dota 2 stack with a players like iLTW, fn, AfterLife and SoNNeikO. This will be their first tournament and it will be interesting to see how they will perform. On the paper, they are looking really strong and scary. Potential is here definitely, we will see about the performance.