The World Electronic Sports Games, Dota 2 Grand Finals start today. It will feature 32 teams from around the globe, who will be competing for a prize pool of $1,500,000 in Haikou City, China. A specific requirement for the roster of any attending team is that all the players in it are legal citizens of the same country. Unfortunately, Team Ukraine withdrew from the tournament, as it failed to obtain visas on time and wasn’t replaced by another team.
Naturally, the top tier teams that are homogenous tend to have an advantage over their opponents here, as they're way more experienced playing together. A strong contender to win right now would be Team Russia, as their roster is basically Virtus.pro, who managed to stomp any opposition in the last three majors. The only one missing from the team is Vladimir ‘No[o]ne’ Minenko. Will the lack of one player change their overall performance or are they going to remain dominant?
Group stage matches will be Bo1. The first part of it will divide the teams into eight groups, where the top 2 from each group advance further. The playoffs will feature only the eight remaining teams, where the format changes to a Bo3.
Talents have already been announced and you'll be able to enjoy the company of GrandGrant, Lyrical, Lacoste and Winter. You can find the full schedule for the Dota 2 Global Grand Finals here. The action kicks off at 11:00 a.m. CST (GMT +8), don't miss it!