SL iLeague StarSeries s2 details have finally been announced. Less than a week before the event, organizers have released the long awaited information regarding the invited teams, format and location. The tournament will now be held between July 21-24 at the BTS house in Los Angeles. Evil Geniuses, Team Secret, Na’Vi, Fnatic, F.R.I.E.N.D.S (ex Virtus.Pro), Digital Chaos, CDEC.Youth and compLexity Gaming will compete for the $300,000 prize pool.
— StarLadder (@StarLadder_com) July 15, 2016
SL iLeague StarSeries s2 details have been announced close to the witching hour.
The event, originally expected to be held starting on July 19th, will now be held between July 21-24 in Los Angeles at the BTS house.
Eight teams will gather to compete for the $300,000 prize pool – including the three long awaited revealed invited teams – Evil Geniuses, Team Secret and Na’Vi.
According to organizers:
StarLadder and Imba TV considered suggestions of the teams, that’s why the upcoming finals will be hosted in a friendly and cozy atmosphere of BTS house. Holding the tournament in the United States will also allow the teams to avoid unnecessary flights and changes of time zones after The Summit and before TI. It means we will get the dota we love, without jetlags and other LAN difficulties.
However, the late notice and announcement is marred with rumors that the organizers were unable to secure a venue – resulting in last minute changes.
Starladder didn't schedule a venue and BTS bailed them out, that's the real reason guys :$
— David Hull (@MooDota2) July 15, 2016
SL iLeague StarSeries s2 details
- Evil Geniuses -invited team
- Team Secret– invited team
- Natus Vincere – invited team
- F.R.I.E.N.D.S (ex-Virtus.pro) – EU qualifier team
- Fnatic – SEA qualifier team
- Digital Chaos – NA qualifier team
- CDEC Youth – Chinese qualifier team
- compLexity* -HCup qualified team
*compLexity Gaming was invited to replace Newbee
- 1 place — $135,000
- 2 place — $60,000
- 3 place — $37,500
- 4 place — $22,500
- 5-6 place — $15,000
- 7-8 place — $7,500
All the matches will be covered in English and Russian by BTS and SLTV studios.
SL iLeague StarSeries s2
At the end of March, it was revealed SL iLeague StarSeries would begin with a second season. This time, joint organizers announced that the offline finals would be taking place July 19-24th for the first time in the United States. No specific venue or location had been identified until now.
SL iLeague StarSeries season 1
The first season of SL iLeague StarSeries saw 12 teams, qualified through four regional qualifiers, compete in a group stage followed by a final playoff for a total prize pool of $300,000. Alliance become StarLadder iLeague StarSeries Champions, taking their second consecutive title and the first LAN title of the new year when they easily bested Evil Geniuses 2:0 in the Grand Finals.
The event was held in the Minsk Arena with an announced total capacity of 18,000 spectators.