If you were worried there wouldn’t be much Dota to watch after the conclusion of the WePlay AniMajor, don’t worry. The ESL One Summer 2021 event is starting on June 16 and running through June 20!
ESL One Summer consists of 12 teams, all battling for a prize pool of $400,000. First place will take home $175,000, which is only $25,000 less than the prize for first at the Major!
The event jumps right into a double elimination playoff bracket. The teams are seeded into the playoffs based on their DPC points and rankings in the TI qualifiers, with the top four teams seeded directly into the second round. Here is the playoff bracket for the event:
The playoffs will be running across two streams from ESL.
Roster changes and TI qualifiers
The 12 contenders of this tournament have all had varying experiences over the DPC this year. Some qualified for TI, while some never even made it to a LAN. This tournament will serve as a solid benchmark for those who have to compete in qualifiers in the upcoming weeks. The Western European qualifiers will certainly be a bloodbath as Team Nigma
, Team Liquid
, Tundra Esports
, and Vikin.gg
battle for a single spot at the biggest event of the year. AS Monaco Gambit
and Team Unique
will compete in the Eastern European qualifiers, for which Team Spirit is considered a favorite.
This tournament will also serve as a test for some teams whose rosters changed after the Major. Samuel "Boxi" Svahn returned to Liquid, restoring Liquid to their full form and freeing Max "qojqva" Bröcker from the offlane. Syed Sumail "SumaiL" Hassan departed Liquid and made his way back to his familiar friends at OG
and will play carry for them, which he has done in the past. ASM Gambit has found replacements for Vladimir "None" Minenko and Akbar "SoNNeikO" Butaev in Artem "Lorenof" Melnick and Albert "eine" Garaev, respectively. ESL One Summer will be great practice for these new rosters.
Something to prove
Five of the teams competing have already qualified for TI: Virtus.pro
, Team Secret
, Quincy Crew
, and Alliance
. These teams have incredibly mixed results at the most recent Major. Most notably, VP and Alliance have bombed out of both Majors they’ve attended despite their strong performances in the DPC. These two teams need to remind people why they’ve earned their invites to TI and prove they deserve it.
As we see every year with Team Secret, they slowly begin to lose their form as the season goes on. They went undefeated in the first DPC season and finished fourth at the Singapore Major, but then finished fourth in the second DPC season and fell flat in the Wild Card at the AniMajor. Let’s see if Secret is truly in their TI form.
Catch the first two matches of ESL One Summer 2021 on June 16, starting at 8 AM ET / 2 PM CET! The first matchups are OG versus ASM Gambit and Alliance versus Team Unique.