Dota 2 Champions League 2021 Season 3
Since August 14, Dota 2 Champions League 2021 Season 3 tournament is taking place and will end on September 12. The tournament features 10 esports teams and they are fighting for a prize pool of $50,000. Nine teams received a direct invitation, but one slot went to a team from open qualifiers. Russian teams Team Empire, PuckChamp, Fantastic Five, CIS teams B8, Nemiga Gaming, HellRaisers, Ukrainian team Team Unique, European team Spider Pigzs, Kazakhstan team V-Gaming, and a team from open qualifications hailing from Russia qwerty44 received invitations. The group stage will end on September 6 and is played in a best-of-three system. The playoffs will be held from September 8 to 12.
So far, 14 games have been played. Spider Pigzs and V-Gaming were the first to play with the score 0-2 in favour of V-Gaming. Fantastic Five and qwerty44 met next, with Fantastic Five winning 2-0. Next PuckChamp failed to beat Empire and they lost 0-2. After that Fantastic Five won again with a 2-0 win over HR. And qwerty44 lost 0-2 to Empire. Just like PuckChamp couldn't win 0-2 against V-Gaming. Spider Pigzs after their first loss were able to beat qwerty44 2-0. With a more interesting score of 1-2 ended Nemiga vs HR, where HR took the win. Fantastic Five lost to Empire with a score of 0-2. Nemiga again lost to Spider Pigzs but this time 0-2. HR then lost to V-Gaming 0-2. And Fantastic Five won with a struggling B8 with a score of 2-1. PuckChamp for the third time lost 0-2 to Nemiga. And the last encounter so far was Spider Pigzs against Fantastic Five, where Spider Pigzs won 2-1.
So, with four teams without a single win so far and with zero points. Team Unique, B8 Esports, PuckChamp, qwerty44 have zero wins. Due to the fact that the tournament started not too long ago, the list of outsiders may change. Team Unique has yet to play a single match, B8 Esports has only one meeting so far, and PuckChamp, qwerty44 have failed to win three times. Nikita "young G" Bochko, Alexander "krylat" Krylatov, Andrey "meLes" Romanov, Gennady "Astral" Motuz and Andrey "Dukalis" Kuropatkin play for PuckChamp. Michael "Fezor" Sadriev, Daniel "airu" Ryabkov, "Kom4rt", Peter "Petru44o" Mitrokhin and Artyom "USHUSHUSH" Guryev play for qwerty44. Kirill "deihraa" Kharitonov, Alimzhan "Watson" Islambekov, Danil "Dendi" Ishutin, Yaroslav "Time for Nowhere" Parshin and Sergey "TSA" Timchenko will play for B8 Esports. Artem "spAce" Golubev, Rostislav "fn" Lozovoy, Vladislav "Petushara" Kozlovsky, Semen "CeMaTheSlayeR" Krivulya and Danil "Bignum" Shekhovtsov will play for Team Unique.
With three points, i.e. one win, HellRaisers and Nemiga Gaming are at the moment with one victory. Both teams have managed to play three times in the tournament. Playing for HellRaisers are Pavel "9pasha" Khvastunov, Maxim "re1bl" Afanasiev, Roman "Resolut1on" Fominok, Bakyt "Zayac" Emilzhanov and Ilya "lil me alone" Ilyuk. Ilya "Kiritych" Ulyanov, Alexey "Ainkrad" Diveyevsky, Alexey "TheChosenOne" Karanevich, "Heaven" and Oleg "Lodine" Kvasha play for Nemiga Gaming.
The remaining teams Team Empire, V-Gaming, Spider Pigzs, Fantastic Five have 9 points each. However, Team Empire and V-Gaming have played three games and have not lost once, Spider Pigzs have lost once out of four meetings and Fantastic Five have managed to lose twice in five games. Team Empire is supported by Alexey "Smiling Knight" Sviridov, Gleb "depressed kid" Zyryanov, Maxim "Shachlo" Abramovskikh, Oleg "sayuw" Kalenbet, Ivan "VANSKOR" Skorokhod and Anton "dyrachyo" Shkredov. Alexander "lightless" Potapenko, Tony "No!obTM" Assaf, Gleb "Funn1k" Lipatnikov, "Merlin" and Nikola "LeBronDota" Popovich play for Spider Pigzs. The V-Gaming line-up includes, Aibek "Naive-" Tokayev, Darkhan "hAze" Madyhan, "destroyed", Islambek "ArrOw" Shaudyrbayev and "Malady". Fantastic Five features Kiyalbek "dream'" Taiyrov, Yevgeny "Blizzy" Ri, "jAM3S", Ruslan "Askold" Temiraliev and Stanislav "633" Glushan.
The closest game is between Spider Pigzs and PuckChamp. For now, analysts are leaning that the team from Europe has a better chance of winning. The average odds for Spider Pigzs to win is 1.65. The Russian team PuckChamp's meetings are not going well so far and three losses in a row within the tournament prove that the team is probably not very well prepared and has an average odds of 2.15 on their victory for the upcoming meeting. Spider Pigzs, currently third in the standings and have won three of the four meetings. The teams have previously met twice in 2021. The first time was a 2-0 win for PuckChamp at Snow Sweet Snow #2 and the second time was a 2-1 win for Spider Pigzs in Champions League 2021 Season 2.