StarLadder Minor Season 3; winners and losers of the first day

Dota 2 Cristy “Pandoradota2” Ramadani

Title image courtesy of ESL

The StarLadder Minor Season 3 kicked off with eight teams vying for the title and highly coveted Major spot. 

The first day of the StarLadder Minor Season 3 has already come and gone. Although no one has been eliminated - yet, that will all change come the end of today. 

So far the ones in most trouble that will be fighting for their tournament lives are three teams that have been unable to secure a single victory and head into today with a 0:2 record. It is of little surprise to see NoPing e-sports and Boom Esports appear on the list as they both were the underdogs coming into the event. More surprising is to see CR4ZY in the same situation. Although the team has only had one week to prepare under stressful circumstances, the team is still full of talent and veteran players. Failing to take a single win out of four games played has been disappointing, to say the least. They will next play against NoPing, but if they win that series then they need to face off against Alliance which is no easy task for any team. 

The biggest winners of the day have been Team Aster and Gambit who have both gone undefeated so far, taking the top seed in their groups and already securing a place in the playoffs. 

Gambit's dominance over Alliance with two heavily one-sided matches has demonstrated that the CIS team is continuing to improve ongoing and will not go down without a fight. Alliance, looked a bit shakier than they have earlier in the season when the team was Europe's force to be reckoned with. They will need to polish things up and adjust a bit in order to get past the CIS team in the playoffs and Team Aster who are looking on point. 

The action resumes today, March 6th at 09:00 CET with elimination matches, completing the group stage by the end of the day. 

StarLadder Minor Season 3 teams

CIS Gambit
Russia ForZe
United States business associates

North America CR4ZY
Sweden Alliance
China Team Aster

Indonesia Boom Esports
Brazil NoPing e-sports

StarLadder Minor Season 3 groups

StarLadder Minor Season 3 group format

  • Two GSL groups
  • All games are Bo3
  • Top two teams advance to the Playoffs
  • Bottom two teams are eliminated

StarLadder Minor Season 3 group schedule

March, 6th 

  •  10:00  Group А. Elimination match
  •  13:00  Group В. Elimination match
  •  16:00  Group А. Lower bracket final
  •  19:00  Group В. Lower bracket final

StarLadder Minor Season 3 broadcasts

StarLadder Season 3 prize pool and DPC points

Place Prize Pool Points
1 $72,000 140*
2 $60,000 120
3 $54,000 110
4 $42,000 90
5-6 $24,000 60
5-6 $24,000 60
7-8 $12,000 40
7-8 $12,000 40

*Since the minor winner also gets to participate in the major, they will only get points for the event in which they placed better (e.g: If they place last in the major, they will only get 140 points for winning the minor. If they place 8th instead, they'd get the 450 points for the major but not the 140 points from the minor)

StarLadder Minor Season 3

Between March  5-8th, eight teams determined via qualifiers will battle it out in Kyiv, Ukraine for the lion's share of the $300,000 prize pool and 660 DPC points as well as the highly coveted spot at the ESL One Los Angeles Major taking place in Los Angeles, California March 15-22nd. 


Will CR4ZY be able to pull themselves into the playoffs?

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Cristy “Pandoradota2” Ramadani
Pandora is a behind the scenes Dota 2 professional Jack of All Trades. When not busy with Dota 2 work, she is out trying to save the world or baking cupcakes. Follow her on Twitter @pandoradota2


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