DOTA 2 Singapore Major for 2021 Will Show How Offline Esports works Post-COVID
The DOTA 2 Singapore Major set to take place at the end of March is largely being viewed as the ideal opportunity to determine how an offline eSports tournament is going to work safely in a post-COVID world. This tournament is a big deal for a number of reasons, but being seen as the guinea pig in this way does add extra pressure for the tournament organizers.
DOTA 2 is Growing
DOTA 2 witnessed substantial growth in 2020, and this growth has been reflected in the prize pool for this 2021 tournament. There’s $500k up for grabs, and the winning team will land $200k, so that is a pretty cool prize to aim for.
As yet, we aren’t aware of each team that’s going to participate although a series of wild cards and invites have been sent out to some familiar team names. However, with a number of blank name slots still to be filled, it’s uncertain as to who the favorites may be for this title.
The Tournament is the Easy Part
Glancing at the potential problems attached to running an offline eSports tournament, it can turn out to be the case it ‘s not the actual tournament that’s the difficult part. Instead, with travel restrictions varying to a huge degree around the world, even getting to Singapore may prove too much for some teams.
That’s why some team gaps are yet to be filled. It’s tough for teams knowing if they will be allowed to travel or face some kind of quarantine. Also, do remember this is the first offline DOTA 2 tournament since March 2020, so nobody is too sure as to how it will all work out.
The Early Entrants
Even though we don’t know everyone taking part, there are several early entrants to turn our attention to.
First up, we have Team Secret from Europe. At this point, they remain undefeated in 2021, so they will undoubtedly be a tough battle for anybody that meets them in the playoffs. Also, we have FNATIC, and they have also been performing quite well in the Southeast Asia League. However, they are not unbeaten throughout 2021, but on their day they can prove to be a match for most teams, and they are certainly someone teams would want to avoid.
In the group stages, we have Alliance lining up, and they have proven themselves to be one of the best DOTA 2 teams from Europe over the last few years. They have been moving between tier 2 and tier 1 tournaments with some level of success at each level. They would need to be one of the favorites to progress in the tournament, but we have to wait until their group has been filled before coming to any solid conclusions.
The organizers of this tournament are trying to pull out all the stops to get the best DOTA 2 teams to fly to Singapore and reignite the offline tournament concept. With some of the names already mentioned, this tournament does promise to be a cool event even though working out the likely winner will be tough for the sportsbook companies. Keep checking back at betonline.ag for the odds as they appear.