August 26th – Sep 1st: Welcome to this week’s edition of ‘Too Long, Didn’t Read’. Check in at Esportsnow every Sunday and find the most up to date, to-the-minute Esports news, a summary of everything that has been happening over the last week in Esports. Missed out on last weeks? No problem. Catch up on last week’s edition of Too Long, Didn’t Read by clicking here. So what’s been happening this week in Esports?
The final event of the Dota Pro Circuit wrapped up last weekend after OG Esports took down the almighty Team Liquid 3 – 1 in the Grand Finale, making it two in a row for OG. The prize pool for this year’s The International broke all sorts of records breaking a total of $34 million USD. OG Esports not only take home the title, but the top prize of $15,613,834.
The biggest event in the Dota Pro Circuit is over, having been held in Shanghai for the first time this year. This was the 9th edition of the annual Dota event, last year’s event took place in Vancouver and saw OG Esports take top prize of a stunning $11 million USD. The Valve sponsored event featured a total of 18 of the best Dota 2 teams out there.
The Dota 2 Destiny Cup Season 2 kicked off earlier this week and saw 14 teams from Asia fight it out in a round-robin group stage followed by a double-elimination playoff round. Last year’s Destiny Cup was won by Team Drinking, who beat FrozenDawn 3 – 2 in the Bo5 Grand Finale. The total prize pool for the tournament is ¥100,000 CNY, the eventual champs bringing home a first prize of ¥50,000.
The Dota 2 Destiny Cup Season 2 is taking place between the 27th of August and the 4th of September this year, and is a fully-online tournament. 14 teams will be split into 2 groups and will use a Bo2 round-robin format. 3rd and 4th placed teams from each group will advance to the lower bracket rounds of the playoffs. The bottom 2 teams from each group will be eliminated. All playoff games will be Bo3 double-elimination.
The New Legends stage of the StarLadder Berlin Major 2019 begins today, with North currently sitting on top of the leaderboard alongside mousesports. The second major CS:GO event of the year, 24 teams have been fighting it out for the title of champion, and their cut of the $1,000,000 USD prize pool up for grabs.
Eight teams have been eliminated after the conclusion of The New Challengers Stage at the StarLadder Berlin, meaning there are 16 teams left in the competition. Eight teams will progress from The New Legends stage of the event straight into the playoffs, the other eight being sent home.
UEFA are expanding their esports ambitions and have announced the eEuro 2020 Championships. The upcoming UEFA 2020 European Championships will be a little different to previous editions. Instead of having one or two countries host all matches as has been traditional in the past, UEFA Euro 2020 will be played in 12 cities across 12 different countries.
From Dublin, Ireland to Baku on the Eastern frontier, next summer’s pan-European UEFA 2020 European Championships will be like no other before. However, Euro 2020 will be notable for another reason. 2020 will see the first ever parallel staging of the inaugural European ‘eFootball’ championships, or the UEFA eEuro 2020 Championships.
This week in Esports, 100 Thieves have announced they will not take part in the 2020 Call of Duty League season as a direct result of the league moving to a city-franchise model, according to owner Matthew “Nadeshot” Haag’s announcement on Thursday.
The former captain for OpTic Gaming’s Call of Duty team uploaded a video to Twitter on Thursday announcing his organization’s decision.
“100 Thieves will not be a part of competitive Call of Duty next year. We will not be part of the CDL. We will not have a team competing for our brand. And I wouldn’t say this is the end,” he stated, “but we will not be fielding a roster.”
Nintendo are putting together a super-team for the upcoming Super Smash Bros Ultimate World Challenge Cup, already having signed three of the top players in the world. In what is a legitimate effort to run their own professional tournament circuit, Nintendo have signed MKLeo, Mr.R, and Nairo, three of the biggest names in Smash Bros to their dream team.
Nintendo have been making a concerted effort to establish their own professional tournament circuit for Super Smash Bros Ultimate. They are building a dream team for the upcoming Smash Bros World Challenge Cup, starting by signing three of the top players in the world, Leonardo “MKLeo” Lopez, Ramin “Mr.R” Delshad, and Nairoby “Nairo” Quezada.
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