They already have a combined $1.8M prize pool in all of their events and more than 40,000 people to came to witness their events first-hand. They also have reached the 250 million viewers online for their live streams during these said events.
Dota 2: EPICENTER 2017
This major event was held last June 2017 in Moscow and the Victors were Team Liquid followed by Evil Geniuses and coming in at third would be two teams, Team Secret and LGD Forever Young. The prize pool for the said event reached $300,000.
CS:GO EPICENTER 2017
EPICENTER will be hosting its second major event this year at VTB Ice Place in Moscow for a CS:GO Event. The Prize pool is said to be $1,000,000! Now that’s some really serious money! Sixteen teams from around the world will be competing for the championship prize pot and the honor to gain the “Legend” status in the event. Here are the teams that qualified in the said event:
- Team Liquid
- SK Gaming
- FlipSid3 Tactics
- Gambit Gaming
- Natus Vincere
These Legend teams will be challenged by offline champions that will be held around the world. As of now, there is no final roster of teams that will be challenging the Legends mentioned above.
- When & Where: 22 – 28 October 2018, Moscow (Russia)
- Tournament format: 10 Teams – GSL Group Phase, Single Elimination Playoffs
- Prize money: $300,000
- 1st place – FaZe Clan – $150,000
- 2nd place – Natus Vincere – $75,000
- 3rd & 4th place – AVANGAR & Team Liquid – $20,000
After the Dota 2 Epicenter XL there will be a CSGO Epicenter in Moscow in 2018. As last year, 10 of the best teams in the world will meet. Defending champion SK Gaming no longer exists, the players now run under the flag of MIBR. The tournament will take place from 22 to 28 October and the prize pool is $290,000. We have the odds for all matches at the CSGO Epicenter as well as all details about the tournament itself.
For Counter-Strike tournaments there is as always a big betting program. Whether odds on individual matches or bets on the overall winner, bookmakers have it all for you. Additionally you can bet on all other popular eSports betting titles like LoL, Overwatch or PUBG. All odds for the CSGO Epicenter can be found here.
A group stage will be played from 22 to 25 October, with two groups of 5 teams each. In the Double-Elimination Mode (Bo3) the teams will play their places. The best 3 organisations per group will make it into the playoffs, which will take place from 27th to 28th October. The winners of the preliminary round groups will go directly to the semi-finals of the Single Elimination Playoff. Place 2 and 3 will play in the quarter finals for the ticket to the semifinals. Here, too, all matches will be played in best-of-three mode.
10 teams compete at Epicenter 2018, 5 organizations get an invitation to Moscow. 4 teams can get their ticket via regional qualifiers (Europe, CIS, America and Asia), a starting place will be given by the organizers by wildcard.
- FaZe Clan
- Team Liquid
- Natus Vincere
- Ninjas in pyjamas
- ENCE eSports
There is $300,000 to be won at the Epicenter, the exact distribution of prize money has not yet been announced.
Review Epicenter XL
- When & Where: 27 April-6 May 2018, Moscow (Russia)
- Tournament format: 12 teams – group stage, single elimination Playoffs
- 1st place – PSG.LGD – $500,000 + 750 DPC points
- 2nd place – Team Liquid – $200,000 + 450 DPC points
- 3rd place – FlyToMoon – $110,000 + 225 DPC points
- 4th place – Virtus.pro – $70,000 + 75 DPC points
The first Russian Dota 2 Major ever will be an event of absolute superlatives. 1 million U.S. dollars eSport prize money there is to be won, 12 teams will fight in the VTB Ice Palacace Sports Arena of Moscow for the title. Epicenter XL will not only bring a great prize pool but also important points (1,500) for The International 2018. Team Liquid, the two-time champion of this event, as well as the local heroes of Virtus.pro, have been invited to the tournament.
Epicenter XL will feature the best Dota 2 teams in the world. Exciting matches await us, for all matches there will be numerous betting markets, and we recommend these 3 betting providers to you. Betway’s main attraction is its great welcome offer, where you can earn a bonus of 150€ on your first deposit. Here you will find a complete schedule with the Dota 2 bets on the games.
From 27 April to 2 May, the Dota 2 Epicenter XL will host the group phase. In two groups with 6 teams each, playoff will be played for the promotion to the double elimination. From 4 to 6 May, the playoff will take place, with places 1 and 2 of the group phase going directly to the upper bracket. Places 3 and 4 must go to the lower bracket and play there for the move into the next round.
12 teams compete in Moscow at the Epixenter CL. Five teams were invited to the Dota 2 tournament, the other 7 teams qualified, with FlyToMoon winning the Madness Qualifier. There 289 teams competed against each other in a kind of open qualification. These organizations are at the start:
- Team Liquid
- Secret Team
- Natus Vincere
- UPPER FLOOR
- Team Empire
- compLexity Gaming
- paiN Gaming
- LGD gaming
The total prize pool of 1 million US dollars is the largest prize money ever played out in Russia. In addition to this huge sum, the teams also play for 1,500 qualification points for the TI ranking.
With most eSport bookmakers you can already bet on the group games of Epicenter 2016. Long-term bets on the tournament winner will not be available until the six playoff entrants have been determined. Some bookies also offer live eSport betting, including bet365 eSports.
Tournament favourites are undoubtedly SK Gaming and Virtus.pro, although some of the teams have what it takes to bring favourites to their knees. G2 Esports would be a hot tip for your eSport bet, because on the French team you get strong odds and good chances of winning a bet. In the group phase you can expect a lot of draws, because both teams choose one card each.
Schedule & Results
Group A Matches
Na’Vi 1 : 1 Dignitas
G2 1 : 1 NiP
NiP 1 : 1 Dignitas
Na’Vi 1 : 1 G2
G2 1 : 1 Dignitas
Group B Matches
VP 2 : 0 SK
Fnatic 1 : 1 HR
VP 1 : 1 HR
SK 1 : 1 Fnatic
SK 2 : 0 HR
Epicenter 2016 Teams
Fnatic – direct Invite
The Swedish top team Fnatic was invited, despite some roster changes, directly to the Epicenter 2016 and saves the way through the qualification. The big wins have been missing lately, but the team around olofmeister definitely has everything they need.
G2 Esports – direct Invite
G2 Esports was also directly invited to participate in the LAN event. The French team impressed with a second place at the StarLadder StarSeries S2.
Na’Vi – direct Invite
Natus Vincere is in top form and wants to follow the recent victory at ESL One: New York. As a representative of the CIS region, Na’Vi would have Na’Vi a home game at Epicenter 2016, but before that they have to make it from the group stage to the playoffs.
NiP – direct Invite
Ninjas in pyjamas is one of the most popular CS:GO teams. The Multi-Gaming Association also has squads in various other games and enjoys a large fan base. NiP recently signed a sponsoring deal with betway eSports.
SK Gaming – direct Invite
Teamcaptain “FalleN” has been playing in the professional scene since 2005, but at that time with a CS 1.6 team. Today the captain has led his team to the greatest possible success, as the last two major tournaments went to the Brazilian squad.
Virtus.pro – direct Invite
Virtus.pro and SK Gaming have been dueling for the first place in the eternal CS:GO team ranking for some time now. At Epicenter 2016 the Poles have the chance to overtake the reigning Major Champion.
Hellraisers – CIS Qualification
In the CIS qualification Hellraisers had to prevail against teams like FilpSid3 Tactics, Tengri and Gambit Gaming. This means that the Ukrainian-Slovak team is well deserved in the group phase of Epicenter 2016. A performance on the stage of the Main Event would also be something like a home tournament for Hellraisers. On Cobblestone Hellraisers are a particularly hot tip for CS bets, because on Cobble the team could already prove itself several times against supposedly overpowering opponents.
Dignitas – EU Qualification
In the European qualification Team Dignitas was able to prevail against its opponents and takes part in the Main Event of the Epicenter 2016. The team recently impressed with a victory at the WESG 2016, where they prevailed against Russia in the final and secured $30,000 in prize money.
With $500,000 in prize money, Epicenter 2016 is in the top 10 of the highest endowed CS:GO tournaments. The sum will be divided among all tournament participants, even the teams that are eliminated in the group phase will receive a small portion of the cake.
Prize money distribution
1st place – $250,000
2nd place – $100,000
3rd – 4th place – $40,000
5th-6th place – $20,000
7th – 8th place – $15,000
In the group stage, the eight teams play against each other in two groups in a best-of-two round robin. This means that each team meets all its group opponents once in a BO2 match, so a draw is also possible. The three teams with the highest number of points per group will be promoted to the playoffs and will play at the Main Event in Moscow in front of an assembled audience.
The knockout phase begins with the quarter-finals, with the group winners saving this round and entering the semi-finals directly. A defeat in the knockout phase is the same as being eliminated from the tournament. All playoff games are played in best-of-three mode.