RIYADH: Gamers8 is about to enter the next phase of its schedule when the first Dota 2 Riyadh Masters kicks off later today.
Some of the most successful teams in the world will compete in this five-day multiplayer action and real-time strategy game, with a prize pool of $4 million and a winners’ share of $1.5 million at stake. Riyadh City Blvd.
Prince Faisal bin Bandar bin Sultan, Chairman of the Saudi Electronic Sports Federation, said: “Whether it’s prestige, popularity, suspense or in-game camaraderie, Dota 2 compares to the biggest games in all the time. These same factors were central to our feeling… compelled to host a brand new Dota 2 tournament at Gamers8 – the Dota 2 Riyadh Masters.
“The global appeal of this esports giant was enough on its own to keep the gaming community elated ahead of the event, but the resounding success of Rocket League has further fueled the buildup both on-site and online. “, did he declare. “On behalf of the Saudi E-Sports Federation, I implore everyone to fasten your seat belts and enjoy the ride. Dota 2 Riyadh Masters is a must-watch tournament destined for great things, with other editions already planned beyond Gamers8.
The competition begins with 10 teams placed into two groups of five as they play each other twice in a best-of-two round-robin format. The teams with the best overall record in their respective groups will advance directly to the semi-finals, while those who finish second and third will secure places for the quarter-finals. The quarters and semi-finals will be best-of-five matches, with the grand final a best-of-seven match.
While many Dota 2 competitions take place online over several weeks, Dota 2 Riyadh Masters is an exceptional tournament due to its live land play, elimination structure, and total prize fund – which is the most important outside of The International, the largest and most prestigious. event on the Dota Pro circuit.
China’s hopes for victory in the Dota 2 Riyadh Masters rest on PSG.LGD, who are among the pre-tournament favorites with a roster including some of the best players in the world. Despite falling short in last year’s TI final against Team Spirit, the Chinese team are still widely regarded as the best in the world, and they are relishing the test ahead in the Saudi capital.
“Dota 2 Riyadh Masters is a great opportunity for us to play against professional players from different regions on the international stage,” said Yiping “Y” Zhang of PSG.LGD. “While we have been through long, tedious but unavoidable regional DPC circuits over the last three seasons in China, this new tournament will allow us to compete in a shorter but more pressurized esports environment.
“Of course, we have huge admiration and respect for our Gamers8 opponents, and we are excited to test ourselves against them. After more than six months, we finally have the chance to meet new opponents outside of China and to compete with them.