StarLadder i-League Invitational #3 is a Dota 2 tournament that kicks off the Dota Pro Circuit for the 2017-2018 competitive season. It is held in Kiev, Ukraine between October 12 and October 15, and has a prize pool of $300.000.
Participants and tournament structure
StarLadder i-League Invitational #3 features 8 teams from 6 different regions:
- China: Vici Gaming, Newbee.
- Europe: Team Secret, Team Liquid.
- North America: compLexity Gaming.
- South America: SG e-sports.
- CIS: Natus Vincere.
- Southeast Asia: Mineski.
The teams will be divided into 2 groups of 4. Each group will be played in a GSL format (double elimination bracket). Every match is a Bo3. The winners of the upper and lower bracket in each group advance to the playoffs (semifinals). Here, the winners qualify for the Grand Final, which will be a Bo5.
The 2 groups are the following:
- Group A: SG e-sports, Vici Gaming, Mineski, Team Liquid.
- Group B: Newbee, Team Secret, compLexity Gaming, Natus Vincere.
Points and prize distribution
Tournaments that belong to the Dota Pro Circuit offer not only money, but points as well. Valve has recently introduced this feature in order to create a more transparent ranking system. This is the points and prize distribution for the StarLadder i-League Invitational #3 tournament:
- 1st place: 150 points, $135.000.
- 2nd place: 90 points, $60.000.
- 3rd-4th place: 30 points, $30.000.
- 5th-6th place: 0 points, $15.000.
- 7th-8th place: 0 points, $7500.
When betting on StarLadder i-League Invitational #3 matches, try to take into account the fact that this is the first Dota 2 tournament of the Dota Pro Circuit. A new competitive season is just about to begin and as a result, there’s still a lot of volatility and uncertainty with regard to the strength of each team.
Fortunately, the game hasn’t seen any major patches since the end of The International 7, so in that regard you can expect that top competitors like Team Liquid and Newbee will still be very hard to beat, simply because they probably have the current state of the game figured. They know what works best and against what, and are good enough to quickly adapt to whatever happens in order to emerge victorious. That being said however, most of the other teams are in the process of proving themselves, and some may turn out to be either much stronger or much weaker than everyone expects.