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Tundra Esports open defense of The International crown

(Photograph credit score: Bruce Kluckhohn-USA TODAY Sports activities)

Defending champion Tundra Esports went undefeated on Thursday as The Worldwide 2023 started with the primary section of the group stage.

The Dota event yearly has the most important prize pool in sports activities, with the quantity rising all through the competitors primarily based on in-game gross sales to most of the people.The prize pool for final 12 months’s Worldwide started at $1.6 million however wound up being $18.9 million, with Tundra Esports claiming the $8.5 million first prize.

This 12 months’s prize pool began at $1.6 million and is at present at $2.98 million.

The occasion started with 20 groups separated into 4 teams for round-robin play in best-of-two matches. The primary- and second-place groups from every group will advance to oppose three- or fourth-place groups from one other group within the second section, with the 5 fifth-place groups eradicated.

Part two this weekend will embrace eight best-of-three matches, with the outcomes figuring out seeding for 16 groups heading to the primary occasion.

The double-elimination playoffs will run Oct. 20-22 and Oct. 27-29 in Seattle. All matches will likely be best-of-three apart from the grand remaining, which will likely be best-of-five.

In Thursday motion, Tundra earned 2-0 wins over TSM and Talon Esports earlier than drawing 1-1 towards Keyd Stars. The outcomes go away Tundra in first place in Group D.

Tundra rolled previous TSM in 23 minutes on inexperienced and in 37 minutes on pink behind a ten.0/1.5/7.0 kill-death-assist ratio from Slovakia’s Oliver “skiter” Lepko.

Towards Talon, Tundra prevailed in 41 minutes on pink and 47 minutes on inexperienced. skiter once more starred at 8.5/1.5/6.0.

Tundra opened with a 32-minute win on inexperienced towards Keyd Stars, who then rallied to a 51-minute victory on inexperienced. Finland’s Topias “Topson” Taavitsainen paced Tundra at 8.5/5.0/6.5, whereas Guilherme “Costabile” Costabile wound up at 8.5/3.5/8.5 for the all-Brazilian Keyd workforce.

Crew Spirit have been the one workforce to win three matches on Thursday, they usually sit atop Group A. Azure Ray and Crew Liquid are tied for first in Group B at 1-0-1 (wins-losses-ties), and LGD Gaming lead Group C at 2-0-0.

The Worldwide 2023 group stage, first section

Group A

Crew Spirit, 3-0-0

9Pandas, 1-1-1

Entity, 1-1-1

Evil Geniuses, 0-1-1

Crew SMG, 0-2-1

Group B

Azure Ray, 1-0-1

Crew Liquid, 1-0-1

BetBoom Crew, 1-1-0

Shopify Insurrection, 0-0-1

Thunder Awaken, 0-1-2

Group C

LGD Gaming, 2-0-0

Gaimin Gladiators, 1-1-1

beastcoast, 0-0-2

nouns, 0-1-2

Virtus.professional, 0-1-1

Group D

Tundra Esports, 2-0-1

TSM, 1-1-1

Keyd Stars, 0-0-2

PSG Quest, 0-0-2

Talon Esports, 0-2-0

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