WePlay Season 3 LAN witnessed a decisive victory by MVP.Phoenix over Vega Squadron, 3:1, bestowing the Korean squad with their second championship title and trophy in less than six weeks. MVP.Phoenix walked away with just over $100,000 prize and a strong start in a new patch.
— Wykrhm Reddy (@wykrhm) May 1, 2016
With three teams that have been directly invited to the Manila Major, four teams that have been invited to compete in the Manila Major regional qualifiers, and the first LAN on the new patch 6.87, WePlay Season 3 LAN yielded some fantastic games and unexpected results.
Once again the Korean team took the stage by storm and proved their worth. In a show of force, MVP.Phoenix took the top rank on the podium after they plowed through Vega Squadron, 3:1, in the Grand Finals.
MVP.Phoenix were the first team to advance into the Grand Finals when they made a clean sweep in the playoffs through Na’Vi and then Vega Squadron, 2:0.
Vega Squadron were not to be underestimated as they upset the new Evil Geniuses roster in the Lower Bracket finals, 2:1, and re-emerged to square off against MVP.Phoenix one more time in the Grand Finals.
When MVP.Phoenix qualified for the Shanghai Major they started a surge towards establishing themselves as a top notch team. They placed 4th in the main event, showing an incredible improvement in synergy and mechanics. Shortly after, the Korean team then went on to win the Dota Pit championship title. Taking a surprising 7th-8th place StarLadder i-League Invitational, the team still received recognition for their hard-work and talent when they were invited to the WePlay LAN and received a direct invite to the Manila Major.
Kim “Febby” Yong-min
Kim “QO” Seon-yeob
Lee “FoREV” Sang-don
Pyo “MP” No-a
Kim “Dubu” Dooyoung
WePlay Season 3 LAN playoffs
In January, WePlay League announced their return for season three.
Na’Vi, Team Spirit, EG, MVP.Phoenix, Team Empire, Ad Finem, EWolves, and Vega Squadron competed for the $200,000 base prize pool, taking place at the International Exhibition Hall in Kiev, Ukraine, between April 28th and May 1st.
At the start of WePlay Season 3 LAN, the eight participating teams were split into two groups. The first day of the event served as the group stage to determine the seeding for the playoff brackets.
The group stage was played in a best-of-one format. The playoffs were be best-of-three double elimination brackets, with the grand finals being best-of-five with no winner’s advantage.
WePlay Season 3 LAN prize pool distribution:
The prize pool can be increased by cosmetic set and ticket sales. The share is 10% of total sales; the share of ticket sales is 20% of total.
- 1st place: $100,000 + 30% of Dota 2 store sales share – MVP.Phoenix
- 2nd place: $40,000 + 20% of sales share – Vega Squadron
- 3rd place: $22,000 + 15% of sales share – Evil Geniuses
- 4th place: $12,000 + 10% of sales share – Team Empire
- 5/6th place: $8,000 + 7.5% of sales share – Na’Vi/Elite Wolves
- 7/8th place: $5,000 + 5% of sales share – Ad Fimen/Team Spirit