It was another busy week in the world of esports. The DOTA2 DreamLeague Major has come to its conclusion as did the Blast Pro Series Sao Paulo CSGO event. We also saw the CWL return to regular season play and the FIFA Gfinity Licensed Qualifying Event for the month of March be played. Last but no least, Stage 1 of the Overwatch League came to its conclusion and was even aired on ABC. There is a lot to discuss so let’s get to it!
Last week we discussed the start of the DreamLeague Major and left off just before the Winner’s Bracket semifinals. PSG.LGD was undefeated while Team Secret and Virtus Pro were fighting for their tournament lives,
Things did not continue to go as planned for LGD. They were defeated 2-1 by Vici Gaming in the Winner’s semifinal matchup, and then swiftly knocked out by Virtus Pro again falling 2-1. It was a rapid descent from what appeared to be an incredibly strong start for the Chinese team ultimately finishing in 5th/6th place.
As we predicted Virtus Pro and Team Secret did meet in the lower bracket but Virtus Pro was reinvigorated after defeating LGD. They were able to take their series 2-1 sending Secret home from the competition in 4th place.
Virtus Pro then went on to defeat Fnatic 2-1 in the Lower bracket finals before finally having their momentum stopped by Vici gaming who was able to win the final series of the weekend 3-2 emerging as the DreamLeague Season 11 Champions.
With the third major of the 2018/2019 Season now behind us, only two majors remain in the season for the DOTA pro circuit. They will be taking place in May and June. The qualifying event for MDL Disneyland begins tomorrow and is the next official pro circuit competition.
The first stage of the Overwatch League has come to a close, playoffs and all. It was an incredible weekend filled with upsets and fantastic performances. The action was even shown live on Television via ABC.
The first playoff match immediately provided a massive surprise when the 7th seeded Seoul was able to eliminate an undefeated New York by a score of 3-1. New York wasn’t the only team to be upset, however. The Toronto Defiant entered the playoffs with the third seed and were swept by the San Francisco Shock in their opening round series as well.
This set the stage for two semifinal matches that were very one-sided, both ending in 4-0 seeps. Vancouver walked through Seoul with ease while the San Francisco Shock finally demonstrated the talent people have known they’ve had all season long, defeating Philadelphia without a hiccup.
This meant the Vancouver Titans and San Francisco Shock would be meeting in the final series for the rights to call themselves Stage1 Champions. It was an incredible series requiring the full 7 games to determine a victor but ultimately Vancouver was able to get the win 4-3. This was a massive victory for the new Vancouver expansion team. After being dominant all Stage long they get an official playoff championship to go with it in their first very stage of Overwatch League competition.
Overwatch League action will resume on April 4th, with the first week of Stage 2 competition. You can catch the action live on twitch and check out the official Overwatch League website for schedules, standings and more.
FIFA action once again took over the Gfinity Arena in London where players from around the world competed for their chance at glory and an $8,750 grand prize for the victor. With the current top-ranked player in the world, “F2Tekkz”, sitting this tournament out it was an opportune moment for some his closest rivals to catch up.
Ultimately it was two names many FIFA fans will recognize who made their way to the finals over the course of a hard-fought event. Emerging from the Playstation bracket was Nicolas “Nicolas99FC” Villable, often called the Iceman for his ability to stay cool in any situation. Opposing him as the Xbox champion was Mosaad “Rogue Msdossary” Aldossary who is a recent FUT champions cup victor.
The finals couldn’t have been closer, with Nicolas winning the first match by a goal before Msdossary was able to take the second by the same amount, forcing extra time. Nicolas struck first in Overtime and although Dossary was able to respond with a goal of his own, Nicolas scored again to secure the finals 6-5 and become the March LQE champion.
FIFA action will return to the Gfinity Arena in April for the FUT Champions Cup. The event will feature 64 of the World’s best FIFA players competing to get themselves closer to the World Cup. The tournament takes place April 5th-7th and will be streamed live on the Gfinity Twitch channel.
The BLAST Pro Series went to Sao Paulo bringing six of the World’s best CS:GO teams with it. It was an intense weekend of action with the teams competing in a Swiss Round Robin deciding the two teams that would be playing in the finals. With $250,000 up for the taking, this was a weekend top-level CS:GO action you didn’t want to miss.
The round robin saw teams only play a single match against each other making it imperative that teams put their best foot forward immediately with no time to regain composure. Astralis was able to get the better of every single team over the course of the opening stage. Team Liquid did the second best of any team, losing only to Astralis and getting a draw against ENCE, but due to a better round record, Liquid was chosen to advance to the finals to square off with Astralis.
Team Liquid was able to take the first map of the final series 16-13 but ultimately, Astralis was able to prove that their undefeated group stage was not a fluke. They took the second and third matches with scores of 16-8 and 16-2 respectively, clearly demonstrating they were the top team at the tournament. For their efforts, they were awarded the $125,000 grand prize.
The next BLAST Pro series event takes place in Miami on April 12th and 13th.
After CWL Forth Worth shook up much of what we knew about the positions of the teams relative to one and other the CWL returned to its fifth week of regular season action.
Fort Worth champions Luminosity dropped their first match this week being defeated 3-2 by Team EnVyUs despite nV not even making the top 8 in Texas the previous weekend. Team EnVyUs was able to win their second match of the week as well, this time defeating the European Red Reserve roster 3-2. This propelled them to a winning record and upper half of their group.
Another team that bounced back incredibly well this week so far is eUnited, defeating both EG and UYU after failing to make it past the first round of professional play in Fort Worth. They now sit alone on top of the Division B standings with a 7-2 record. Generation G leads Division A with a 6-1 record.
Time is running short for Evil Geniuses and Excelerate Gaming, both of whom sit at the bottom of their Divisions with 1-8 records on the season so far. With the year nearly halfway done both of these teams are at serious risk of being up for relegation at the end of the season unless they can significantly turn things around, and soon.
Action continues today and tomorrow and next week. Catch the action live on the official CWL twitch channel.
That does it for us this week! We’ll see you again next week with another action-packed week of esports news on the horizon. Stay tuned!