Parimatch League Season 2 Returns with Virtus.Pro in Pole Position

With the world of esports finding a way to beat on, the ESforce’s Dota 2 Parimatch League Season 2 is going to offer a three-day action starting on March 27, and inviting four notable CIS teams to compete for a shot at the $50,000 first-place prize.

Parimatch League Season 2 to Launch Online on March 27

Interest in esports has soared amid the COVID-19 outbreak which led to the suspension or cancelling of a number of traditional sports events. Now, the ESforce’s Dota 2 Parimatch League Season 2 tournament is in the spotlight with four CIS teams coming to the fore to clash.

Season 2 will kick off on March 27 and run through March 29 with a total prize pool of $93,000, a small incentive, but one that would nevertheless bolster the spirits in this time of sports drought. Four established esports powerhouses are stepping up their efforts to prove their mettle in the upcoming clashes, to name:

  • HellRaisers
  • FlyToMoon
  • WinstrikeTeam

The event will run in a double-elimination format, or GSL as Dota 2 nomenclature usually calls these events. With the brackets running in Bo3 and the Grand Final scheduled for a Bo5 showdown, there will be plenty of Dota 2 action to see.

All four teams will get a piece of the price, but it’s the pole position that would scoop up the chunk of it. Here is how Parimatch plans to distribute the prize pool:

  • 1st place: $50,000
  • 2nd place: $25,000
  • 3rd place: $10,000
  • 4th place: $8,000

Will Virtus.Pro Secure the Top Spot?

Even if you are not following the CIS region much, you will certainly know that Virtus.Pro have been one of the dominant forces – not just close to home, but also in the world of professional Dota 2.

The team has consistently delivered outstanding results, qualifying for The International every year since the event was inaugurated, and winning multiple 1st and 2nd spots in Major Events.

Yet, Virtus.Pro are facing their own troubles. With their hopes dashed last year, the team lost three key players, making for a rather poor performance this year. Their best last result was during the Kuala Major in 2018, when they won first place against Team Secret in a much contested 3:2 Bo5 final.

How about the Rest of the Teams?

HellRaisers have been having a bad time at it with the team struggling to find their way back into any major competition. The team did find their way to the final during Parimatch League Season 1, but lost 0:3 against Virtus.Pro. Yet, they might be able to get an edge given Virtus.Pro’s own struggles these past few months.

FlyToMoon are perhaps the best bet here, as the underdog team is loaded with talent. All of the players on the roster seem to have a good history with professional Dota 2, making for a strong underdog with a good chance at cracking the final.

Last, there is WinstrikeTeam who seems to have the smallest chance of making it to the finals, as they are strangers to the Dota 2 scene as a whole. This said, the team is still an established name in the CIS scene with its players, but not enough to earn them an international name.