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It’s finally here, the biggest Dota 2 tournament in India. ESL One: Mumbai kicks off tomorrow, where 8 teams will assemble to battle it out for a $300,000 USD prize pool (over 2 Crore Rupees)
The playoffs will be taking place in the NSCI Dome between April 19-21, where the 8 teams will be fighting in a double-elimination bracket to determine who gets to keep the lion’s share of the prize pool.
To keep you up to date with the competition, here’s a quick guide covering all the bases of ESL One: Mumbai so that you’ll be locked, set and loaded to watch the action unfold when it kicks off tomorrow.
compLexity Gaming: Meracle, Limmp, Deth, Zfreek, Adam
Natus Vincere: Crystallize, MagicaL, Blizzy, Chuvash, Misha
Mineski: Ahjit, Moon, kpii, Febby, ninjaboogie
The Pango: Naive-, Iceberg, Ghostik, XSvamp1Re, CemaTheSlayer
Keen Gaming: old chicken, 一, eLeVeN, Kaka, dark
TNC Predator: Gabbi, Armel, Kuku, Tims, Eyyou
Signify: BlizzarD, Swifty, Crowley, No_Chanc3, Negi
TEAM TEAM: EternaLEnVy, Gunnar, Brax, Newsham, ixmike88
Two groups of four teams each. Teams will compete against each other in a GSL format. The top two teams in each group advance to the upper bracket of the playoffs, while the bottom two are relegated to the lower bracket.
The playoffs will feature a double elimination bracket. All matches in both the upper and lower bracket will be played in a best-of-three setting until the grand finals, which will be played as a best-of-five.
For those who won’t be lucky enough to watch live in the NSCI Dome, there are several streaming platforms to pick from. One option is ESL’s official Twitch channel, where the broadcast will include the games themselves, analysis from the experts’ panel, and Slacks and Eri derping around with the audience and the talent backstage. The same content will also be available on ESL’s Youtube and Facebook channels.If you are a cultured man who prefers Hindi broadcasts. You can catch the official Hinglish stream on VOOT.
All in all, ESL One: Mumbai is all set to be an epic tournament with top-notch gameplay and production.
While the turn of events which saw 5 teams (NiP, Gambit Esports, Alliance, Chaos E.C., and J.Storm) drop out from the tournament was pretty disappointing, the fact that having only eight teams compete in this tournament might be a blessing in disguise mostly due to how even the playing field between them is.
We’re not saying that there aren’t any clear favourites to take it all, but the smaller playing field and the new format means that there is only a very narrow margin for mistakes from the big names.
There will be plenty of opportunities for the underdogs to overperform and surprise everyone.