The World Electronic Sports Games (WESG) 2017-2018 Global Grand Finals kicked off today in the northern part of Hainan Island, in Haikou city.
After a rough welcome for the players who arrived early in China, WESG committee were fast in fixing the problems and before the event started all the players were moved to four new hotels.
Dear WESG Players,
We want to thank each and every one of you for your patience and understanding. The WESG team has worked around the clock, and in under a day, we have managed to secure new accommodations for every single player.
We sincerely apologize for this incident. pic.twitter.com/RVnnFc0zOg
— WESG (@WESGcom) March 12, 2018
Thirty teams entered the race for the $1,500,000 prize pool available for the Dota 2 tournament. This year’s WESG Global Grand Finals event has been adjusted to fit the increased number of participants as follows:
- 32 teams e split into eight groups of four
- Top two teams from each group advance to phase two
- All matches are best-of-one
- 16 teams split into four groups of four
- Top two teams from each group advance to playoffs
- Two games series
- 8 teams
- Single elimination bracket
- All series are best-of-three
Group A, C, D and G were scheduled for day one and eight teams have already finished their run in the 2017-2018 WESG Global Grand Finals. For that placed 17th to 30th there is no prize money either and surprisingly enough, WehSing “SingSing” Yuen’s Team Netherlands and Jonathan “Loda” Berg’s Team Sweden were knocked out in the first round of the group stage.
Team Sweden arrived in China for the final act from a top seat in the European and CIS qualifiers LAN finals from November 2017. Back then, Loda and co took first place in their group, which was arguably one of the strongest as well. Team Netherlands were in the same group with Loda’s stack and took second place, while on the third were Team Serbia who now arrived in China with a slightly different roster. Unfortunately, Team Sweden were eliminated today after a 0-3 losing streak in Group C against Slice n Dice Esports representing North Africa, the Russians from Ultima Thule and Team Leviathan from North America.
When the flight is longer than the LAN 🤔
— Gorgc (@Gorgcdota) March 13, 2018
SingSing’s Team Netherlands were seeded in group A with EHOME representing China, Nice One from Kazakhstan and Unchained Esports from Turkey. The only victory, landed against the Turkish team, was not enough for the Netherlands to advance further and EHOME and NiceOne are the ones who live to fight for a spot in the playoffs. The full group stage results can be found on the WESG official website in the schedule section.
WESG Day 2 schedule:
Day two matchups will bring on the big stage the recently crowned Bucharest major champions, Virtus.pro who represent Russia. However, to fit the National only roster requirement for this event, VP will play with Igor “iLTW” Filatov in the mid lane instead of Vladimir “No[o]ne” Minenko who has Ukrainian nationality.
Other teams to follow through tomorrow’s matchups are Team Greece featuring the former Mousepsports players, Team Romania featuring Aliwi “w33” Omar, Mihai “canceL^^” Antonio and Pittner “bOne7” Armand, Team Peru, SG e-sports and paiN Gaming , all three teams featuring the best players from the South American region, Keen Gaming with Wang “old chicken” Zhiyong in the team and Fire Dragon who will fight under the Malaysian flag with Ng “YamateH” Wei and Lai “Ahjit” Jay Son.
Pictures and images courtesy of WESG