We've already got Dota 2 events happening in China, in North America/South America, and in Southeast Asia. What about Europe and CIS? The two have been paired together quite a bit during the current age of quarantine, but Parimatch League Season Three puts the spotlight squarely on CIS teams.
Let's take a look at Parimatch League, which takes place this weekend, July 3-5.
The Stakes and the Teams
A solid $93,000 USD fills the prize pool for the teams of Parimatch League Season Three. It's a hefty purse for only four teams to divide among themselves.
And which four teams are competing?
- Team Unique
Virtus.pro has had a hard time adjusting this season as their previous all-star roster broke-up in September. The previous two years saw this team easily in the top tier of all Dota 2 teams, but now they're struggling to place well in events. Reasserting their dominance in CIS would be a good step to re-establishing themselves.
The other teams in this competition rank roughly in the way they're listed above. FlyToMoon had a top-four finish at BEYOND EPIC: Europe & CIS and were knocked out of that event by the eventual-event-winners, Team Secret. Meanwhile, Team Unique has a reputation for having beaten Team Secret in the last couple of months—something only a handful of teams can claim.
Journey to playoffs
These teams earned their participation in the playoffs through a round-robin league that unfolded from May 10 - June 6. It was a long slog that cut eight teams down to the four competing here.
Virtus.pro dropped only a single series during that phase of the League. That loss was to Winstrike Team. They did drop games to FlyToMoon and Team Unique. HellRaisers is coming into this event in fourth seed, but they took a game off of FlyToMoon. There's no reason to think they're incapable of beating any of these teams.
Don't make any assumptions about outcomes for Parimatch League Season Three. It is still very much any team's event to win.
The double-elimination playoff bracket runs from July 3-5. Three best-of-three series will be played the first two days, with the grand final a best-of-five on Sunday.