The World Showdown of Esports (WSOE) is a new Dota 2 tournament. Despite being at its first edition, running across just two days and not having the biggest Dota 2 teams fighting, the event got everyone hooked last night with fresh, innovative production ideas and Richard Lewis making his debut as host for a Dota 2 event.
WSOE is taking place in the PokerGo studio from Las Vegas, it has $100,000 on the line and eight teams invited to duke it out. Day one was filled with group stage matches and closed with four teams already being eliminated. Top two teams from each group made it to the playoffs which will start today, October 15th at 09:00 local time/18:00 CEST.
The show opened yesterday with an intro to be remembered, followed by a video segment featuring Jeff Liboon and David Lee, the VP President and the President respectively at the ESP Gaming, the company behind the WSOE project, who talked about the WSOE goals and its place in the esports scene. If you missed the first day of WSOE, you can check the video here, and if you are not hyped already, the WSOE 1: The Dota 2 Showdown intro below is exactly what you need.
Alliance, compLexity Gaming, Team Serenity, J.Storm, The Final Tribe, Happy Guys, ROOONS, and paiN X were split into two group of four and yesterday they played against each other in a best-of-one brawl for the playoffs cut.
Contrary to all expectations, after they’ve been on a roll for the last couple of weeks, claiming a ticket to the Kuala Lumpur Major, a spot at ESL One Hamburg, along with taking their first Championship title at the Reshuffle Madness at the beginning of this month, Alliance fell short in the WSOE group stage, along with paiN X. The big surprise in Group A were Happy Guys, Troels ‘syndereN’ Nielsen’s stack playing in Las Vegas with Enzo ‘Timado’ Gianoli as stand-in. Happy Guys finished the group stage undefeated and proceeded to the playoffs along with Team Serenity from their group.
Group B delivered another surprise as neither compLexity Gaming nor ROOONS, the two NA teams that qualified for the first Minor of the season, were able to prevail in the WSOE best-of-one group stage. Instead, The Final Tribe and J.Storm made it further.
Congratulations to our top 4 teams from Group Play at #WSOE 1! Tomorrow, we will see @thefinaltribe, HAPPY GUYS, Team Serenity, and @Team_JStorm in the playoffs and will crown our first WSOE Champions! 👑🏆 pic.twitter.com/r3lw6jp7FH
— WSOE (@WSOE) October 15, 2018
WSOE Playoffs will be played in a single elimination bracket, best-of-three series, including the finals. The winners will be awarded with five 18 karat silver-gold medallions (one for each player) and $50,000.
WSOE prize pool distribution:
1st place: $50,000 – TBD
2nd place: $20,000 – TBD
3rd-4th place: $10,000 – TBD