OMEGA League seeks to fill the void in the Dota 2 professional scene left by the delayed The International 10. We've already seen the Asia Division of the event get started, and now it's time to set our sights on Europe.
OMEGA League seeks to fill the void in the Dota 2 professional scene left by the delayed The International 10. We’ve already seen the Asia Division of the event get started, and now it’s time to set our sights on Europe. While the Divine Division began on Monday, August 10, the OMEGA League: Europe, Immortal Division doesn’t get underway until August 14. With twelve of the best teams in the Europe and CIS regions competing, OMEGA League: Europe, Immortal is set to be a must-watch Dota 2 tournament.
The Immortal division will have a total of twelve teams. Ten of the participants were directly invited, whereas the other two had to go through qualifiers. The total prize pool for the event is $600,000. However, Europe will take “only” $500,000. The twelve teams will be placed into two groups with six teams each. All the matches there will be BO3, and the top two teams will advance to the Upper Bracket of the playoffs. The team that finishes third will move to the Lower Bracket of the playoffs. The fourth and fifth-placed teams will have to fight in the Play-in Stage. Depending on their performance there, they will either end up in the Divine Upper Bracket or Immortal Lower Bracket. Lastly, the team that finishes last in both groups will go to the Upper Bracket of the Divine vision. As for the playoffs, we will see a classic double-elimination bracket where every single game is BO3. However, the Grand Final will be a BO5.
Alongside the top European & CIS teams, the tournament organizers decided to let Evil Geniuses take part as well. Even though they are a North American team, the prize pools for the region aren’t good, which forces the team to compete outside their territory. Apart from EG, the other team that definitely stands out here is Team Secret. Needless to say, Puppey and his team-mates have proven themselves as the most dominant force in Dota 2. Ever since COVID-19 destroyed the DPC, the European powerhouse won pretty much every event they played in, which is just impressive.
Another name that’s going to be interesting to follow is Alliance. Nikobaby and co. have had a few fantastic months. In fact, if it wasn’t for Team Secret, the TI 3 champions would have won numerous events. Even though they’ve lost almost all of their matches against Secret, Alliance proved that they have what it takes to win against the best teams in the world. Last, but definitely not least, we have Team Nigma and Virtus.Pro. These two powerhouses have been truly dangerous lately, which is why we believe that they have a solid chance to win, although their journey won’t be easy.
Two of these teams, Vikin.gg and 5men, earned their spots through a qualifier. The other ten were directly invited.
Watch the broadcast for WePlay!‘s signature “esportainment” approach. This is a studio that understands the value of a good theme. The League’s already been underway in other regions and Division tiers, with a studio kitted out as Mount Olympus and a panel donning togas.
There’s also extensive English-language talent covering the event. These casters, analysts, hosts, and entertainers stretch across all of the regions, but we expect OMEGA League will go all-in for this particular segment of the overall tournament. With the majority of the prize pool assigned to the Europe Immortal Division, anticipate seeing the biggest surprises to take place during the broadcasts for this region.
The past couple of months have been really dynamic in the Dota 2 world. We had several important patches that changed the meta, The International 2020 had to be postponed because of the health crisis, and it’s been a wild ride as a whole. The European region has been full of competitive sides, and we now even have Evil Geniuses joining the show. And yet, the big question coming into the Omega League: Europe is if someone can stop Team Secret. The squad has been dominating the competitive scene in 2020 and won a bunch of tournaments. The likes of Alliance and Nigma had some decent moments against Secret, but their success has been sporadic.
On the other hand, we haven’t seen Secret in action recently. The team skipped the OGA Pit and hasn’t played a competitive Dota 2 match since the end of June. That’s a long pause, and there was a huge patch in the meantime. I expect Team Secret to be rusty, but the format of the Omega League Immortal Division allows some complacency in the early phase, and the favorite won’t have to face the likes of Nigma and Alliance in the group stages. I believe that Secret will have enough time to hit top form by the time the knockouts begin. That’s why backing the team to win the Omega League looks like the most reasonable prediction.