PVP Esports Championship Preview: Everything You Need to Know

On October 5-7, 9 Dota 2 teams will look to do battle at the Suntec Convention Centre in Singapore for the PVP Esports Championship title and the $300,000 USD prize pool.

With fewer and more spaced-out tournaments for the 2018-19 Dota Pro Circuit, more and more organizers are stepping in to fill the gap and carve out their own niches. The PVP Esports Championship is one of such tournaments.

Spearheaded by Singaporean telco, Singtel, who worked together with big-name partners such as Razer and the Mineski Events Team to make the event possible, the PVP Esports Championship will feature some of the biggest names that Dota 2 has to offer. This includes the likes of PSG.LGD, who came in second at the recently-concluded The International 2018.

Joining PSG.LGD are the newly-reformed Fnatic roster, who will no doubt be the hometown favourites with Daryl Koh ‘iceiceice‘ Pei Xiang on their roster. Of course, not to be outdone are Team Secret, whose Yeik ‘MidOne‘ Nai Zheng will likely have just as many local fans himself.

Joining the three said Dota 2 teams are six others who had to earn their berth via the Regional Qualifiers. This includes the likes of KSY from Australia; Team Admiral from the Philippines; Resurgence from Singapore; Hashtag?.Dota from Thailand; Signify from India, and Boom ID, who earned their spot via the Indonesia Games Championship 2018.

All 9 of these Dota 2 teams will make up the pool of participants who will be playing for the PVP Esports Championship title and the $300,000 USD in what is easily one of the largest esports events of its kind to be ever held in Singapore.

PVP Esports Championship: What’s the Format?

 

Featuring 9 teams and taking place across only two days, the matches of PVP Esports Championship will be plentiful, condensed, and mighty fun.

Group Stage

  • 9 teams playing each other in best-of-one matches in a round-robin format.
  • Only top four teams will advance to the Main Event.
  • The rest will be eliminated.

Main Event

  • 4 teams playing in a single-elimination bracket.
  • Matches will be best-of-three.
  • Finals will be played in a best-of-five.

The organizers of the PVP Esports Championship have yet to confirm the breakdown of the prize pool.

PVP Esports Championship: Key Storylines

Who’s Going to Win?

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Playing in their first LAN since their heartbreaking loss in the Grand Finals of TI8, there’s a huge chance that PSG.LGD might not take this tournament as seriously as they should. (LGD Gaming)

Third-party tournaments featuring big-name Dota 2 teams such as this one was sparse if non-existent last year. Because of how the 2017-18 Dota Pro Circuit pretty much took the attention of the entire Dota 2 community, most teams neither had the time nor incentive to play in tournaments that didn’t mean much in the grand scheme of things. But, with the many changes to the 2018-19 Dota Pro Circuit, including more spaced-out tournaments, organizers can now step-in to fill the long gaps.

Unfortunately, while the $300,000 USD is a welcome addition to any team’s coffers, it’s only fair to wonder if the likes of Fnatic, Team Secret, or PSG.LGD are going to take the tournament seriously.

All three of these Dota 2 teams are set to play at the Kuala Lumpur Major on November 9-18 and for Team Secret, they’re off to Hamburg in just a few weeks for the ESL One Hamburg 2018 on October 23, 2018.

Of course, this could all be moot and these teams will be taking this tournament seriously as they would any other Valve-sponsored event. If that’s the case, then the audiences will definitely be the clear winners. If not, well, let’s just hope that they really do try.

Will Team Admiral Sink or Swim?

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Exposure to better teams through tournaments such as the PVP Esports Championship will prove invaluable to a team on the rise like Team Admiral. (Admiral Dota)

A team who had just formed earlier this year, Team Admiral have slowly been climbing up the ranks and they are slowly starting to show signs of progress.

Against more established opposition in the stacked Southeast Asian Qualifiers for both the Kuala Lumpur Major and the Corsair DreamLeague Season 10, Team Admiral showed that were more than capable of taking games off some of the best that their region had to offer, coming in fourth and second, respectively.

TNC Predators and Fnatic are likely not going anywhere soon, while Lotac, an Asian all-star cast featuring superstar carry Marc Polo Luis ‘Raven‘ Fausto, as well as Tigers, led by Sivatheeban ‘1437‘ Sivanathapillai, have more proven and battle-tested talents on their roster, but if Team Admiral can keep their performance up, who knows?

In any case, they’ll have their first taste against international competition at the PVP Esports Championship, and a strong showing there will likely give them a lot of confidence in the Southeast Asian Qualifiers going forward.

Can Fnatic Succeed?

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Playing in a team better built to enable his style of play, Abed might just take the proverbial next step in his relatively young career with the current Fnatic squad. (Fnatic)

Fnatic showed that even gutting more than half of their roster isn’t going to stop them. But, then again, it probably helps that the players who came in were more than capable of playing just as well if not be better than the players they replaced.

The trio of iceiceice, Abed Azel ‘Abed‘ Yusop, and Djardel ‘DJ‘ Mampusti are as delightfully chaotic as you can expect from players of their renown and calibre. Meanwhile, Pyo ‘MP‘ No-a, is a welcome contrast as a more stable carry player and has proven that he hasn’t lost a pep in his proverbial step just yet, even when he was relatively inactive last season following his time with Team Secret from 2016-17 and a short stint with his former MVP.Phoenix teammates in Immortals.

It is Anucha ‘Jabz‘ Jirawong that stands out as the biggest question mark of the team. A legitimate superstar position 4 support, Jabz switched over to the position 5 upon joining Fnatic, and though he has played relatively well so far, it’s only fair to wonder if this will hold up against much better competition.

We’re still ways away from TI just yet, and the PVP Esports Championship is just one of the many tournaments Fnatic will play in this season, but whether or not Jabz and DJ can truly coexist for an entire season is a legitimate concern that fans should keep a close eye on as the season unfolds.

Final Thoughts

More important than the prize pool is the fact that third-party tournaments such as this one is popping up. This is a sign that the esports industry, despite the criticisms, is showing no signs of slowing down. Of course, Singtel isn’t the first telecoms company to venture into esports.

A number of telecoms companies from various parts of the globe have dipped their toes if not fully joined in on the esports bandwagon. AT&T recently inked a deal to be more involved with ESL’s mobile operations, while Vodafone has an international partnership with ESL and are sponsors of Giants Gaming, a multi-title esports organization who has teams in League of Legends, FIFA, Call of Duty, and Hearthstone.

With Singtel’s decision to back as big of an esports event as the PVP Esports Championship, we can only expect more and more large companies, and not just telcos, to try and do so for themselves.

Click here for the official website of the PVP Esports Championship.

What do you think of the PVP Esports Championship? Do you think it’ll be easy pickings for PSG.LGD? Or will the TI8 runner-ups have a much harder time than anticipated against their competition? Be sure to let us know your thoughts in the comments down below.

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