The first day of the iLeague Season 3 main event is upon us. LGD, ViCi Gaming, Newbee, ViCi Gaming Potential, Energy Pacemakers, Team Malaysia, Alliance, and the winner between Invictus Gaming and Newbee.Young will battle it out between May 20-23, in Shanghai, China, for a slice of the $421,957 prize-pool and the championship title. The NA representatives, Mousesports, have announced their last minute withdrawal, due to visa issues.
UPDATE (day 2): The second day of the LAN finals has brought about the elimination of the first two teams from the tournament, ViCi Gaming Potential and Energy Pacemakers. Read our detailed recap.
UPDATE (day 1): The first day of the i-League Season 3 LAN finals has concluded with most of the Upper Bracket games being played. Alliance and LGD are still in the Upper Brackets, while Newbee, Energy Pacemakers, ViCi Gaming.Potential and Team Malaysia have dropped to the Lower Brackets. Read our detailed recap.
iLeague Season 3 format
- One invited team: LGD Gaming, winners of iLeague Season 2
- Four teams from the Chinese Qualifiers: ViCi Gaming, ViCi Gaming Potential, Newbee and Energy Pacemakers
- One team from the European Qualifiers: Alliance
- One team from the Southeast Asian Qualifiers: Team Malaysia
- The winner of the North-American Qualifiers, Mousesports (formerly known as Team Tinker), were unable to attend due to visa issues, and will be replaced in the main event by the winner of a match between the two Chinese qualifier group runner-ups, Invictus Gaming and Newbee.Youth.
iLeague Season 3 main event schedule and brackets
The eight participating teams will compete in a double-elimination bracket. All matches will best-of-three series, except for the Grand Finals, which will be best-of-five with no winner advantage.
iLeague Season 3 livestreams
iLeague Season 3 prize-pool and in-game tickets
iLeague Season 3 features a 2,000,000 RMB (~$300,000) base prize pool, deposited by ImbaTV. In-game tickets are available for $9.99. The bundle grants access to the Eye of the Beholder Medusa item set. 25% of the proceeds of each sale contributes to the tournament’s prize-pool. As of May 19, 2015, the total prize-pool has reached $421,957.
- 1st place – $209,694
- 2nd place – $83,877
- 3rd place – $54,520
- 4th place – $29,357
- 5th place – $14,679
- 6th place – $14,679
- 7th place – $6,291
- 8th place – $6,291
iLeague Season 3 main even left without a North-American representative
The NA representatives, Mousesports (Team Tinker at that time) qualified by sweeping Summer’s Rift, 2-0, in the finals. However, Mousesports have announced their last minute withdrawal from the iLeague Season 3 main event, due to visa issues.
Mousesports manager, Phillip Aram, sheds some light on the situation: “On behalf of the mousesports organization and our players, it is with deep regret that we must announce our withdrawal from I-League this coming week. I-League have worked endlessly to help assure our arrival amidst a chaotic tournament landscape. They have been willing to go to extreme lengths to make our participation possible, and we thank them for everything they have done.”
We were not able to seek our visas until completion of the Redbull LAN qualifying because we would have needed them to travel to California. This left us with a tight window to secure the needed visas and, unfortunately, we were unable to secure Qojqva’s in adequate time. Given the nearness to TI qualifiers, we felt traveling and competing with a standin and having no practice time as a team in the week leading up was not an option.
Mousesports will be replaced by the winner of a match between the two Chinese Qualifiers group runner-ups, Invictus Gaming and Newbee.Youth.
According to JoinDota sources, the exact time of the decider match has not yet been confirmed. However, the match is allegedly scheduled for May 20 – the same day the tournament starts.
DotaBlast has reached out to one of the iLeague admins, who has confirmed the time for the IG vs. Newbee.Y match has not yet been set, adding that the match will most likely not even be streamed.
LGD, iLeague Season 2 champions
- Fifth-Sixth Place – The International 4
- Fourth-Eighth Place – World Cyber Arena
- Fifth-Eighth Place – World E-sports Championships
- Second Place – National Electronic Esports Tournament
- First Place – G-League
- Third Place – ECL Autumn
- First Place – i-League Season 2
- Second Place – VPGame Pro League
- Fourth Place – The Summit 3
Liu “Sylar” Jiajun, Lu “Maybe” Yao, Yao “Yao” Zhengzheng, Zhang “xiao8” Ning, Lei “MMY!” Zengrong
Alliance, winners of the iLeague Season 3 European Qualifiers
The Alliance was the first team to qualify for the playoffs. They convincingly took out Moscow 5 in the best-of-three finals, after being able to coast through the brackets without much of a challenge from Vega Squadron or Power Rangers.
Alliance have welcomed Henrik “AdmiralBulldog” Ahnberg back on the team, on May 3rd.
The iLeague Season 3 main event will be the second LAN tournament for the team since they have welcomed Henrik “AdmiralBulldog” Ahnberg back. They were knocked down by Virtus.Pro, 2:0, in the ASUS Play It Cool Grand Finals, on May 3.
Per Anders “Pajkatt” Olsson, Jonathan “Loda” Berg, Joakim “Akke” Akterhall, Sébastien “7ckingMad” Debs, Henrik “AdmiralBulldog” Ahnberg
Team Malaysia, winners of the iLeague Season 3 SEA Qualifiers
The iLeague Season 3 SEA regional qualifiers featured Team Malaysia, MVP.Phoenix, Can’t Say Wips, Arcanys, 5Eva, Signature.Trus, Mineski, and Invasion. MY eliminated Invasion and CSW, 2:0 each, and then defeated Mineski, 2:1, in the best-of-three qualifier finals.
Team Malaysia was founded in March, when Mushi Chai Yee Fung and Ohaiyo Chong Xin Khoo – who had been playing on E-Home.CN, returned home to compete as E-Home‘s new Malaysian division. Upon arrival to Malaysia, the team separated from E-Home, on March 26. Since then, Team Malaysia has been dominating the SEA region, The Malaysians have qualified for five LAN events in just five weeks, and they have shown cohesion and synergy in their relatively short period of time together.
Team Malaysia recent achievements
- First Place – CORSAIR Gaming Arena
- First Place – GEST SEA Cup
- Second Place – CORSAIR Gaming Arena 2
- Fifth-Sixth Place – StarLadder Season XII
- Third Place – Red Bull Battle Grounds 2015
“kYxY” Lee Kang Yang, “Kecik Imba” Fadil bin Mohd Raziff, “Ohaiyo” Chong Xin Khoo, “JoHnNy” Siong Tait, “Mushi” Chai Yee Fung
In March, Mushi announced that he and Ohaiyo were returning to Malaysia to create an E-HOME Malaysian division with kYxY Lee Kang Yang, Kecik Imba Fadil bin Mohd Raziff and JoHnNy Siong Tait. By March 26, it was announced that the Malaysians had separated from E-HOME. The team continued to play together under the name of Team Malaysia, without any sponsoring organization.
VG, VG.P, Newbee and EP, winners of the iLeague Season 3 Chinese Qualifiers
The iLeague Season 3 Chinese qualifiers gave way to some surprising results, with ViCi Gaming Potential and Energy Pacemakers topping Group A over E-Home and IG. The two unexpected winners will join ViCi Gaming and Newbee – winners of Group B, as the Chinese representatives in the iLeague finals in Shanghai, China.
The iLeague Season 3 Chinese qualifiers were split into two stages: an open qualifier and an invitation based qualifier. The open qualifier divided the teams into two groups and was played in a best-of-one single elimination format, two teams advancing to the invitational qualifiers. Teams were then divided into two groups and competed in a best-of-two Round Robin format. The top two teams from each group qualified to represent China in Shanghai. The qualifiers started on April 20 and ended on May 13.
ViCi Gaming went through their entire group series without losing a single match, finishing with a 14:0 record. Newbee came in second in the same group, after dropping three games. In the other group, the results were much more unexpected, with ViCi Gaming Potential and Energy Pacemakers taking the first two spots, both with 10:4, topping E-Home and Invictus Gaming, both with scores of 8:6.
Chen Zhihao “Hao”, Xie Junhao “Super”, Daryl Koh “iceiceice”, Lu Chao “Fenrir”, Xu Linsen “fy”
ViCi Gaming recent achievements
- Second Place – The International 4
- Third Place – World E-Sports Championship
- Second Place – Sina Cup Season 5
- First Place – i-League
- Fourth-eighth place – World Cyber Arena
- First Place – ESL One New York
- 5-8th Place – National Electronic Sports Tournament
- First Place – The Summit 2
- Second Place – Dota 2 Asian Championship
- First Place – VPGame Pro League
- First Place – StarLadder Season XII
- Second Place – Dota 2 Champions League Season 5
- Third Place – The Summit 3
Rabbit Wang Zhang, Mu Zhang Pan, June Lin Shiyang, Banana Wang Jiao, SanSheng Wang Zhaohui
Newbee recent achievements
- First Place – The International 4
- Fourth Place – World E-sports Championship
- Fifth-Eighth Place – i-League
- First Place – World Cyber Arena
- Third-Fourth Place – National Electronic Sports Tournament
ViCi Gaming Potential
ViCi Gaming Potential is VG’s youth squad, established on March 15, 2015.
Huo “xll” Xiaole, Zhou “Yang” Haiyang, Xu “Lin” Ziyang, Gao “dogfight” Tianpeng, Zhou “James” Yifu
Yixuan “FaN” Fan, Zhiyong “old chicken” Wang, Lei “123456” Meng, “le”, “lt”
iLeague has had a stormy history, including issues with inconsistent prize pool disclosure and multiple team withdrawals. Cloud 9, HellRaisers and Virtus.Pro have all been banned from competing in the third season, after having withdrawn from iLeague Season 2. Evil Geniuses have declined to take part in the iLeague Season 3, over last season’s concerns. More details about the iLeague Season 3 tournament are available on ImbaTV’s website.