WESG 2016 Playoffs bid farewell to another eight teams today. Cloud 9, TnC Pro, Infamous and Alliance are the last four teams standing. Cloud 9 and TnC Pro will lock horns in the Grand Finals, looking for a championship title and $800,000 prize. Infamous and Alliance will meet for the third place on the podium and the difference of $140,000 between the third and fourth place spot. Action resumes tomorrow at 04:00 CET with the best-of-three Grand Finals.
— WESG (@WESGcom) January 14, 2017
WESG 2016 Playoffs started out with twelve teams hungering for advancement and ended with four teams left standing in the spotlight.
The day began with Round of 12 – four teams departed early with no prize earnings to show for their efforts.
Team Infamous dismantled Dark Passage in minutes – both times. Their overwhelming victory propelled them forward, fueled by momentum. They then knocked out To.be.or.not.to.be in another 2:0 sweep but were quickly halted by Cloud 9 in the semi finals. Unable to overcome the Danish squad, they fell to the third place decider series and watched Cloud 9 advance to the grand finals.
The two Chinese representatives squared off to become the pride of their nation. DUOBAO Young took the first game off of MAX.Y after a 52 minute ordeal and then eventually secured their win in the third match of the series. They barely stood a chance in the next round where they had to face the imposing Danes and were quickly knocked out of contention.
The Brazilian squad SG e-sports lit a fire under MVP.Revolution – burning them out in the three game series 2:1. Putting up a strong and impressive fight, they took on the fan favorites – Alliance to no avail -falling 2:0 to the Swedes.
Peruvian’s Team Dilecom upset Team Romania in a 2:0 sweep, ending the famed veterans run at the event. While Dilecom were no match for TnC Pro, losing out 2:1 – they did give the Filipino team a run for their money. The newly revamped SEA squad has wow’d the masses with their impressive performances and did so once again, to upset Alliance in a tidy 2:0 victory in order to advance to the Grand Finals.
Dark Passage, MAX.Y, MVP.Revolution and Team Romania will not see a deposit in the bank for their time in China, but are expected to be paid for the qualifiers.
Team DileCom, SG e-sports, DUOBAO Young and To.be.or.not.to.be have walked away with an additional $10,000 each.
WESG 2016 Finals have been taking place January 12th to 15th in Changzhou, China at the Changzhou Olympic Stadium. The total prizepool across all gaming disciplines is $5.5 million – a cool $1,500,000 for Dota 2 alone. Twenty-four national teams from across the world gathered to kick off the new year.
WESG 2016 Playoffs format
Twelve out of 24 teams advanced from the Group Stage. First place teams in four groups were seeded directly into the quarterfinals. Second and third place teams in each group were seeded into the Round of 12 playoff spots.
- Best-of-three series
WESG 2016 Playoffs results; Finals contenders
Cloud 9 – Denmark (Europe and CIS qualifiers)
Alliance – Sweden (Europe and CIS qualifiers)
Infamous – Peru (Americas qualifiers)
TnC Gaming – Philippines (Asia Pacific qualifiers)
WESG 2016 Playoffs schedule
- 04:00 CET: Cloud 9 vs – Finals (Best-of-five)
- 04:00 CET: Infamous vs – Third place decider (Best-of-five)
WESG 2016 Finals prize pool
The total prize pool for Dota 2 is $1,500,000.
- 1st place — $800,000
- 2nd place — $400,000
- 3rd place — $200,000
- 4th place — $60,000
- 5th-8th place — $10,000 – Team DileCom/SG e-sports/DUOBAO Young/To.be.or.not.to.be