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Epic Esports Events and WePlay! Esports announces launch of OMEGA League for Dota 2

DOTA 2 fans are used to summer being the time when all of the teams compete for the title of being the best. This year, however, due to the global pandemic we saw our summer’s deprived from this yearly joyful experience.

The leading European teams, Epic Esports Events and WePlay! Esports decided to build something special for the fans. To bring the Dota 2 community an event that would provide the top level of competition, production and content. 

We are very proud to announce the OMEGA LEAGUE

An Online tournament with a massive prize pool of $600,000, that will run from July 20th, 2020 (the beginning of the Open Qualifiers) until September 6th and will include multiple competitive regions and divisions.

The English broadcast will be handled by WePlay! Esports, and the RuHub will be in charge of its Russian counterpart. The teams will bring in the best level of competition possible, alongside massive amounts of unique content to create a truly unforgettable experience. 

"The suspension of the DPC has thrown our competitive scene into a sort of twilight zone populated by an array of small tournaments making it very taxing on players, and hard for fans to engage emotionally. 

We decided to work together as a coalition of organizations, driven by our commitment to the fans, our love for this game, and the will to create a more sustainable competitive ecosystem around DotA 2. OMEGA LEAGUE is the first tournament coming from this partnership and everyone involved has poured their hearts into making it worthy of those mythical weeks in August.

We've found fantastic partners in Epic Esports Events and WePlay! Esports, both willing to commit to the higher level of integration that's required to reach the quality fans have come to expect from Major-level tournaments. OMEGA LEAGUE is our first large-scale initiative towards a more sustainable DotA 2 scene. Together we hope to breathe new life into the highest tiers of DotA 2 competition, and we can't wait to show the world what we've been building.

We are excited about the future of the DPC, and we're committed to supporting Valve and the rest of the ecosystem in their efforts to make competitive DotA better for fans, players, and partners alike."

- Alliance, Liquid, NAVI, Nigma, NIP, OG, Secret and VP

"OMEGA League is a unique product. We are extremely thankful to the teams and our partners at WePlay! for working together on the vision of what an Online event can and should be. We hope that this event will set the benchmark in the level of production and provide the fans many hours of premium content."

– Mark Averbukh, Epic Esports Events.

“We are excited about the opportunity to work on interesting ideas, and very curious about the reaction of the community. Our team and colleagues from Epic Esports Events are giving this event everything that we have. I really hope the audience will enjoy the results. The event takes place on the dates when we are used to seeing The International, and that impacts the level of responsibility we feel about OMEGA LEAGUE”

– Vitaliy “Nexius" Bozhko, Lead Esports Manager at WePlay! Esports.

League structure

The league is divided into two regions:

  • Europe (includes CIS) 
  • Americas (North America and South America)

Europe format and prize pool

Immortal Division ($500,000)

Twelve teams will participate in the group stage of Immortal Division. They will be divided into two groups of six. Each group will see teams play each other in a BO3 series.

The two best teams from each group advance to Immortal Playoffs Upper-Bracket Round 1. The teams that take third place in their groups advance to the Immortal Playoffs Lower-Bracket Round 1. The fourth and fifth place teams will enter the Play-in Stage to fight for two more Immortal Playoffs Lower-Bracket Round 1 seeds. 

The Immortal Playoffs is a double-elimination bracket. All matches are BO3, and Grand Finals are BO5.

Teams that lose in the Play-in Stage advance to Divine Playoffs Upper-Bracket Round 2.

The teams that take sixth place in their group advance to Divine Playoffs Upper-Bracket Round 1.

Divine Division ($50,000)

Divine Division starts with two groups of six squads. Each group will see teams play each other in a BO3 series.

The teams that take first place in their group advance to Divine Playoffs Upper-Bracket Round 1. The teams that take second and third place in their group advance to Divine Playoffs Lower-Bracket Round 1.

Divine Playoffs is a double-elimination bracket. All matches are BO3, and Grand Finals are BO5.

The rest of the teams are eliminated from the tournament.

The group stage for the European region will take place on August 10 - 26. The Playoffs will be held on September 2 - 5.

Americas format and prize pool

Divine Division ($31,500)

Ten teams will participate in the group stage of Divine Division. They will be divided into two groups of five. Each group will see teams play each other in a BO3 series.

The two best teams from each group advance to Divine Playoffs Upper-Bracket Round 1. The teams that take third and fourth place will enter the Play-in Stage to fight for two Divine Playoffs Lower-Bracket Round 1 seeds. 

Divine Playoffs is a double-elimination bracket. All matches are BO3, and Grand Finals are BO5.

Teams that lose in the Play-in Stage advance to Ancient Playoffs Upper-Bracket Round 1.

The teams that take fifth place in their group advance to Ancient Playoffs Upper-Bracket Round 1.

The group stage for the Americas region will take place on August 17 - 26. The Playoffs will be held on August 28 - September 5.

Ancient Division ($8,500)

Eight teams will participate in the group stage of Ancient Division. They will be divided into two groups of four. Each group will see teams play each other in a BO3 series. The two best teams from each group advance to Divine Playoffs Upper-Bracket Round 1

Ancient Playoffs is a double-elimination bracket. All matches are BO3, and Grand Finals are BO5.

The rest of the teams are eliminated from the tournament.

Teams

Details regarding the qualifiers will be announced soon.

Europe’s Closed Qualifiers teams:

  • HellRaisers
  • Vikin.gg
  • Team Unique
  • Team Empire
  • B8
  • Cyber Legacy
  • Invite 7
  • Invite 8

Eight more slots will be distributed in the Open Qualifiers.

Prize Pool Distribution

Europe Immortal Division:

1st – $200,000 

2nd – $125,000 

3rd – $60,000 

4th – $30,000

5th – $20,000

6th – $20,000

7th – $15,000

8th – $15,000

9th – $5,000 + a chance to win up to $10,000 in Divine Division

10th – $5,000 + a chance to win up to $10,000 in Divine Division

11th – $2,500 + a chance to win up to $10,000 in Divine Division

12th – $2,500 + a chance to win up to $10,000 in Divine Division

Europe Divine Division:

1st – $10,000 

2nd – $7,000 

3rd – $6,000 

4th – $5,000 

5th – $3,500

6th – $3,500  

7th – $2,500

8th – $2,500  

9th – $2,000

10th – $2,000  

11th – $1,500  

12th – $1,500  

13th – $1 000

14th – $1 000

15th – $500

16th – $500

Americas Divine Division:

1st – $12,000

2nd – $6,500

3rd – $4,500

4th – $3,500

5th – $2,500

6th – $2,500

Americas Ancient Division:

1st – $2,200

2nd – $1,600

3rd – $1,200

4th – $1,000

5th – $750

6th – $750

7th – $500

8th – $500

Open Qualifiers (Total prize pool – $10,000)