September got CS:GO’ed!

September is bound to be a huge month for Counter-Strike: Global Offensive Esports, so here is our breakdown of the main competitions taking place, or having already taken place! As per usual, find all information, results and replays on the platform!
The month started really strong with the knockout phase of the DH Masters Malmö, which saw G2 Esports come out on top:

After a break last week, while teams were in Sweden for the DH Masters, the ESL Pro Leagues are back with their weekly clashes and ever-evolving rankings:

As for the upcoming tournaments, this week-end will see a split in teams, between those that chose to go (or only qualified for) the 2017 ELeague Premier…

… and another Dreamhack competition, in Montreal this time!

And of course, next week will be the ESL One New York:

So it’s a packed up month for CS:GO players, and fans. It underlines the duality of the current CS:GO esports scene, which is the plethora of tournaments, to the point where it becomes hard to be able to attend them all (for players) or follow them all (for spectators), leading to a possible lost of impetus… Let’s hope it doesn’t happen, and that the hype stays as strong as ever, with an October month that’s bound to be a bit quieter, before November arrives, with its full week-ends!

And for those who also love to play CS:GO, head over to our Open Community Tournaments!

Will you be in Dallas (Quakecon) or Cologne (Gamescom) this week?

Two major events this week for video games enthusiasts, first the QuakeCon in Dallas, USA, and the Gamescom in Cologne, Germany.
Let’s see what those two events have in store for us!

This year will be the 21st edition of the historic event, and Quake Champions is going to be the guest of honor, with the Finals of the Quake World Championship ($1,000,000 tournaments!) being held during the convention.
Two game modes are present, Duel which pits players 1v1:

And Sacrifice, for team matches 4v4:

If all teams for the Sacrifice tournament are known from the NA and EU Regional Finals, Duel players from their respective NA and EU Regional Finals will be joined by the 8 best BYOC players, which will be qualified live from the convention. You can find all due information regarding the tournaments on the Official Competition Rules.

And you will notice that there’s more than just Quake Champions, there is also an Anniversary Quake II Duel Tournament, a Rage: Road Rage tournament and a Battle of the BYOC DOOM tournament!
This QuakeCon is going to be something to behold, and may be the revival of an epic esports title!

In the meantime in Cologne will be held the Gamescom, with a much diverse panel of exhibitors, from Bandai Namco (Dragon Ball FighterZ anyone?!) to Electronic Arts (who already announced Battlefront II and an esports mode for Battlefield 1), Konami (PES 2018) and Microsoft Studios (preparation for the Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds Invitational was racking up the viewers on Twitch before it even started!), without forgetting Amazon Game Studios (here for their title Breakaway, sort of a mash-up game between Battlerite and Rocket League).

But besides PUBG’s Invitational, this convention is not all about announcements and games to come, as several huge events are to happen there:

The Finals of the Hearthstone Global Games 2017:

Season 2 Finals of the Rainbow Six Siege Pro League Year 2:

Last but not least, the ESWC is also going to be on site with Clash Royale and FIFA 17 tournaments,
As for Clash Royale, two Offline Qualifiers will determine the last players that join the champions who already qualified through the Online Qualifiers since July, and the Round-Robin distribution of the champions is known already:

All details can be found on the ESWC Clash Page.

Finally, the FIFA tournament will be the ESWC GamePro Cup, a national competition where the best german players meet for the title and a 5,000€ Cash Prize:

With two great events taking place in opposite sides of the world, isn’t home still the best place to be, to be able to follow them both and not miss a thing?

Team Liquid’s journey through The International 2017

The International 2017 was the seventh annual edition of The International, and third Major Tournament of the 2017 season. Hosted in Seattle for the sixth consecutive year, this year’s edition’s Prizepool culminated at a staggering $24,787,916 with more than $10,000,000 for the winners: Team Liquid.

They started strong in the Group Stage, finishing at the top of their group, after an almost perfect run of 5 Wins and 3 Draws. They came second only to LGD.Forever Young when it came to Group Stage results (the Chinese team went 6 Wins / 2 Draws):

The Main Event looked good for Team Liquid who picked as their opponent the 4th Team of Group B, Invictus Gaming. But as the Team Liquid’s official blog post states:

The Chinese squad looked very prepared to counter our draft, with Game 1 exposing the importance of vision in our playstyle. We snatched one back when they allowed GH’s KotL, but iG successfully punished our very greedy draft in Game 3 to knock us down.

Hence, Team Liquid went down in the Loser Bracket as soon as the Round 2, and had to make their way back to the Grand Finals, a feat never accomplished before.
That was no easy task, but they managed to defeat all of their goes until they met with Newbee. The Best-Of 5 match went quite smoothly, with a short (27 minutes) first game, won after a masterful Draft by KuroKy.

See the replays of the Grand Finals HERE

Game 2 could not have been more different from the first one, with a better Draft for Newbee, but Miracle-‘s Alchemist could not be stopped by the Chinese squad, and the game was a wrap.
Finally, Game 3 was probably the most disputed of the series, with both teams struggling to take any significant advantage, but Team Liquid, after an epic Roshan fight, would ultimately take the lead and not let it go until it was over, ending the game, the series and the tournament.

Congratulations again to the players and fans (with their epic “Let’s Go Liquid” chant!) for this impressive prowess, and rendez-vous in 2018 for the next Major Tournament of the 2017-2018 Competitive Season!

The Global Games Group Stage is over, and the finalists are known!

The Hearthstone official website reads:

In the Hearthstone Global Games tournament, teams from around the world go head to head to see which country is home to the greatest Hearthstone players on Earth, but there’s a twist – [the Community] decides who gets to be on each team!

The premises are simple enough, countries battle it out with cards to determine the World’s very best, with a Cash Prize of over $300,000. There has been no less than 48 countries (28 from Europe, 7 Americas and 13 from Asia-Pacific) that took part in the Group Stage, itself divided into 3 separate stages.

Click on the Stage Links to see the full details of each stage, group and match, with Classes and Replays!

Stage 1: Round of 48

From April to June, the First Stage was a Round-Robin with 8 groups of 6 countries each. Half of the teams got eliminated, with the first 3 teams of each group advancing forward to the second Stage:

Stage 2: Round of 24

Only 24 teams remained for the Second Round-Robin Stage, which featured 6 groups of 4 countries each. This time again, half of the teams were qualified for the next round, and the 4 best 3rd teams also passed, which was a chance for Belgium, Taiwan, Ukraine and Italy:

Qualifying Bracket

Finally, this Group Stage ended on a Qualifying Bracket, to determine the last 4 teams that will go to the GamesCom in August to know which would become the World Champion:

We now know the four teams still in the course to win this first edition of the Global Games:

  • Players: JáraVyskočil – pokrovac – StanCifka – CzechCloud
  • Players: HotMEOWTH – dog – Firebat – Amnesiac
  • Players: handsomeguy – Kranich – Flurry – DDaHyoNi
  • Players: DrHippi – NickChipper – Kolento – Neirea

Some numbers, statistics and trivia

All statistics gathered thanks to the Toornament API.

Throughout the 3 first stages of the competition, there have been:

  • 168 Matches (all were Bo5)
  • 686 Games
  • An average of 4.1 Games per Match

The most disputed Stage 1 group was Group G with an average of 4.4 games per match!
It got even closer during the Stage 2, with the Group F averaging 4.7 games per match!

No team was able to win all of its matches (the closest was South Korea with a 80% Match WinRate and 66.7% Game WinRate so far), but a team managed to lose all of its matches: Kazakhstan, which only managed to score 5 games in 5 matches.

What are the favorite classes of the players having taken part in the competition?
218 picks (15.89%)
203 picks (14.80%)
185 picks (13.48%)
181 picks (13.19%)
179 picks (13.05%)
163 picks (11.88%)
131 picks (9.55%)
86 picks (6.27%)
26 picks (1.90%)

Next rendez-vous is during the Gamescom, in Cologne in the end of August, so stay tuned to Toornament for all the results and data on your favorite tournaments!

This week-end: ESWC Summer 2017

Since its lastest edition of February in Paris, and before the next Paris Games Week, ESWC will hold its Summer Edition, organized for the first time in Bordeaux, France, on Saturday 1st and Sunday 2nd of July, 2017.
For this special occasion, a lot of things are bound to happen in the 1500m² of the Bordeaux Palais des Congrès. Tournaments, animations, live streams and the likes of it will rhythm the week-end.
See below for the tournaments that will be played during the ESWC Summer:

For the third event in a row the ESWC will host a Clash Royale tournament during the ESWC Summer 2017 from 1st to 2nd July at Bordeaux. This new challenge will gather 32 finalists for a cash prize of 5,000€ split between the top four players. However, to be part of the event players will have to fight their way through qualifiers or to be directly selected.

After having invested in esports last February, FDJ first ever international competition is about to come to an end during the ESWC Summer, with the Finals of the FDJ Masters League on Street Fighter V. 32 european players participated in the qualifiers, and it’s down to 4 finalists for the conclusion on the Main Stage with a $20.000 cash prize to grab!

Invocators, it’s time to bring your troops together for the ESWC Summer Cup with OMEN by HP tournament on League of Legends at Bordeaux. Open to 32 French teams the LAN is aimed at both amateur, streamer and pro teams.

Other notable events contain but do not limit to: