Announced back in January, The Final Match 2017 will run from July 7 to July 9 and will feature a prize pool of $50,000.
The Largest Tournament of its Level in SA
SG e-sports, the first SA team to appear in a Valve event in two years, took down the powerhouse team, Team Secret, in the opening rounds of the Kiev Major. Although the team failed to advance any further, the win was all that they needed to show the world that the South American Dota 2 scene was ready.
Now the SA scene aims to keep the momentum going with The Final Match tournament, the largest of its level in South America.
El momento ha llegado para muchos. Perú vivirá por primera vez un evento que toda Sudamérica esperaba por mucho tiempo. ¿Estás listo para formar parte de The Final Match 2017? 😏🏆Entradas desde el 16 de Febrero en Teleticket de Wong y Metro. 🎫#JoinTFM #StayConnected #VastionGroup
Posted by The Final Match on Saturday, February 4, 2017
The Final Match – Participating Teams
The Final Match 2017 will feature a total of eight teams; five direct invites and three teams making their way via the qualifiers.
The five teams directly invited to the event are MVP.Hot6 (SEA), Team Spirit (CIS), Alliance (EU), SG e-sports (SA) and Infamous (SA). Meanwhile, Midas Club Elite, a team who looked poised to take the SA slot at the TI7 SA Regional Qualifiers, earned their spot via the qualifiers. Thunder Awaken and Elite Wolves then went on to win the two Peru qualifiers to play at the tournament.
The first day of the tournament will feature the group stages, where teams who finish first and second will go on to play at the Winner’s Brackets while the Loser’s Brackets await those who finish third and fourth.
The playoffs will take place afterwards on July 8 and 9 at the Coliseum Eduardo Dibos of Lima, Peru.
In total, the event will run for three days.
The Final Match – Heavy Favourites
The crowd will likely be cheering for Infamous, SG e-sports and Midas Club Elite to win the tournament. Although Infamous has the edge over both teams after sweeping their series against them during the TI7 qualifier playoffs. In SG e-sports’ case, Infamous swept them twice, with a 3-0 drubbing at the Grand Finals to qualify for TI7.
No longer considered as powerhouses, MVP.Hot6ix’s roster is now filled with unproven talent. As such, one of the direct invites will enter the tournament as largely a non-factor, along with Elite Wolves and Thunder Awaken.
The other two invites, Team Spirit and Alliance, however, will look to play spoilers at the event.
ICYMI, Team Spirit made it to the Grand Finals of the TI7 CIS Qualifiers. Although Team Empire would go on to sweep them, their roster remains full of proven and capable talents. Chief of which are former Virtus Pro players, Alexander ‘DkPhobos’ Kucheria and Artsiom ‘fng’ Barsha.
The Final Match 2017 Preview
Save for the prize pool, there won’t be much at stake here. The TI qualifiers are over and Infamous is the only team to qualify for TI among those participating. If nothing else, it will be a chance for Infamous to test themselves against international competition.
The results will definitely help give them a much better idea of where they stand against other teams heading into TI7.
For those interested, Beyond The Summit will be providing live English coverage of the matches.
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