Despite still being the new kid on the block, Epicenter Dota 2 events have quickly become some of the best in the world. They are a series of events, which are backed by the massive ESForce group. They have become one of the most popular Esports events in the world. Known for their incredible stage shows, near perfect broadcasts and only hosting the very best teams in the world, Epicenter events are events that all pros want to make.
EPICENTER 2016 to 2017
The 2016 edition of Epicenter was hosted by Moscow. Also known as the International EPICENTER Dota 2 tournament, there was $1,000,000 issued in prize pool, and it was held from the 27th of April until the 6th of May. It was easily the largest prize pool in the history of single-discipline Esports events held in Russia. Since January 20, 2016, open and closed qualifiers for EPIСENTER XL were held in the following regions: CIS, Europe, North America, South America, China, and South-East Asia. A total of 12 of the world’s best teams where then declared eligible for the LAN finals in Moscow, via both the qualifiers and direct invites. Two of the participating teams were already known: the Team Liquid, two-time EPICENTER XL winners and current world champions; the other was Virtus.pro. [embed]https://youtu.be/1IFS6oZdc6E?t=19s[/embed] The teams that participated in this edition of Epicenter include, Team Dignitas, HellRaisers, Virtus.pro, and SK Gaming, Ninjas in Pyjamas, Natus Vincere, G2Sports, and Fnatic. A prize pool of $490,000 USD was spread among the teams, with Team Dignitas going home with $250000 for first position, and Virtus.pro taking home $100000 for second position.
St. Petersburg held its first event from the EPICENTER series of high-profile Esports tournaments, and the Epicenter 2017. For those living in or visiting the northern metropolis, as well as for millions of electronic sports enthusiasts in the CIS, this tournament was one of that year’s most important events. The tournament’s play-off was held at the Yubileyny Sports Palace on the 28th and 29th of October, 2017, with the spectators being treated to a grand battle between the world’s best Esports clubs, an impressive show, signing sessions by pro players, and souvenirs. The prize pool for the 2017 edition spread amongst the teams was $490,000 USD. The teams that participated in the event includes Astralis, G2Sports, Gambit Esports, North, Team Liquid, FaZe Clan, Virtus.pro, and SK Gaming. SK Gaming won the event, and took home the first place prize of $250000, while Virtus.pro took home $100000 for coming second. [embed]https://youtu.be/OM1UenyU12k[/embed]
Epicenter will be returning in 2018 as a major, this means that there will be 1,500 Pro Circuit points and a prize pool of $1,000,000 and will draw the attention of all the top teams across the globe. The event is scheduled to start on the 27th of April 2018 and more information about the tournament will be announced at a later date. The third installment of the competitive event is a tournament by Epic Esports Events. The main event will be held at the VTB Ice Palace on May 4–6. [embed]https://youtu.be/7lJsppsAMo4[/embed] [embed]https://youtu.be/3gAQbnd_doM[/embed]