What to watch? April 23-28
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Dozens of matches are played in many different esports disciplines every day. It’s very easy to get lost in the mad turmoil of the competitions, that's why we started a section “What to watch?”
We will choose five tournaments every week, which we think should be watched. Today we will talk about the matches that will be played from April 23 to 28. Ready, steady, go!
OGA Dota PIT Minor 2019
Discipline: Dota 2
Dates: April 22 — 28
Prize pool: $300.000
We are entering the fourth stage of the Dota Pro Circuit. It begins with a Minor in Croatian Split. The tournament format is at least controversial, and the group stage takes place in teams’ tactical experiments. The real battle will begin on April 25th, when participants begin the Playoffs’ games.
We already mention the “balance of teams’ power” in our preview, and even the unexpected results of the first day still change little: motivation in teams isn't enough for this type of tournament - they aren’t going to give all the best in the group stage. We still recommend refraining from predictions and bets in the first three days of the tournament.
ESL Pro League Season 9
Dates: April 12 - June 23
Prize pool: $750.000
The first group stage of the ESL Pro League continues. This time we are waiting for the matches of Group D, which include HellRaisers, finalists of Forge of Masters. WePlay! League. HellRaisers have a problematic group: Astralis, BIG and ex-3DMAX will play along with them.
The champions of IEM Katowice Major 2019 are the clear favourites in this quartet. They are very likely to be guaranteed the Pro League final tournament participation in three games. The rest of the teams will determine one “loser” who will have another match with opponents, while the remaining two teams will have another chance to go to France.
ECS Season 7
Dates: March 11 — June 9
Prize pool: $750.000
Another member of the Forge of Masters. WePlay! League LAN finals, AVANGAR, after winning DreamHack Open Rio 2019, will play in the third series of ECS Season 7 tournaments and will try to get into the final tournament. Seven opponents will take on the Kazakhstan club. The primary opponents may be G2 Esports and Team Vitality. The format is Single Elimination. Therefore all the teams have no right to make mistakes.
Hearthstone World Championship
Dates: April 25 — 28
Prize pool: $1.000.000
Even though the competitive Hearthstone “went dark” a little, we are waiting for the best of the best tournament. Sixteen players from around the world will determine the world champion.
The tournament format is simple: a group stage with four quartets, eight of the best players enter the playoffs, which will be held in a simple Olympic system. The champion will receive $250.000, and the silver medalist will replenish his account by $150.000.
2019 Korea StarCraft League Season 3
Discipline: StarCraft: Brood War
Dates: April 18 — June 8
Prize pool: ₩80,000,000 (≃ $71,719)
We are finishing our collection with one of the main tournaments in the nostalgic first StarCraft. This week Groups C and D will play the first round, and the legendary Jaedong will hold the first match in the tournament. Zerg will hold a meeting with up to three victories with Terran on April 26 at 12:00 pm CEST.
The current champion of Korea StarCraft League Soulkey, playing for Zerg, will also enter the fight the day before. His opponent will be ForGG - Terran, too. The two best players from each group will go to the Single Elimination Playoffs, where they will determine the champion. The tournament is long, unhurried, but no less impressive.