The month of October is full of top-tier competitions from the esports industry. Aside from the usual high-quality Valorant and CSGO tournaments, October will feature the 2021 League of Legends World Championships and also the Dota 2 World Championships. This month we will also get to see the prestigious CSGO Major hosted in Stockholm, Sweden. We will tell you everything you need so you can see the best action that the world of professional gaming has to offer in October in 2021.
Possibly the biggest esports tournament of the year is The International. The competition has a solid reputation for hosting record-breaking prize pools every year. This trend continues this year as well since the teams will compete for over $40 million. The International 10 will kick off on 7th October and the grand finale will be held on 17th October. It features 18 teams from all over the world. 12 of them have qualified by gaining the most Dota Pro Circuit points during the season.
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They attained these points by getting decent results in the Major and Minor tournaments. Meanwhile, 6 have qualified through the regional open and closed qualifiers. The regions included are CIS, China, Southeast Asia, South America, North America, and Europe. The first phase of the competition will be the group stage after which the teams will be split into lower and upper brackets of the knockout rounds to decide the 2021 world champion.
If you are a fan of League of Legends then the biggest event of the year awaits you in October. From 5th October to 7th November the best LoL teams from all over the world will compete in the 2021 World Championship. This competition has a habit of breaking viewership records every single year. The competition will be split into three phases: the Play-Ins, the Group Stage, and the knockout stage.
In Play-Ins, ren teams will be split into two groups of five teams each. Where they will compete in the single round-robin format to fight for the right of qualifying for the group stage. The top-ranked team of each group will qualify automatically for the group stage. While the third and fourth-ranked teams will have to compete in the best of five series, and out of the four, only two will proceed to the next phase.
The group stage will feature four groups of four teams each. All the teams here will compete in a double-round robin format. Only the top two ranked teams of each group will compete in the playoffs i-e the knockout stage. If the teams are level on win/defeats then there will be tiebreakers to decide the winner.
The playoffs or the knockout stage of the competition will feature the top eight teams of the group stage. Here they will compete in the single-elimination, best-of-five bracket. Then the team will compete in the quarterfinals, semifinals, and lastly the grand finale to be crowned the champions.
It will take place in Iceland this year and you can watch all the action via Riot’s official YouTube and Twitch channel. The prize pool of the competition is yet to be revealed by the organizers.
The Blast Premier is known to host some of the most exciting and thrilling CSGO competitions. Its global circuit hosts all the best teams in the world and in October the organizer is hosting the Blast Premier Fall Showdown with an attractive prize pool of $162,500. The competition will host 16 talented teams, out of which only the top two will have the opportunity to compete in the Fall Finals. The competition will start from the single-elimination knockout phase and at the end only one will get the lion’s share of the prize pool.
From 13th to 17th October you can watch the best teams from Europe battle it out for supremacy in the DreamHack Open October Europe. It will be an online tournament with a prize pool of $70,000. The competition will start with the group stage where eight teams will be split into two groups of four and will compete in the best-of-three, GSL format. Only the top two teams will qualify for the best-of-three semi-finals. And the surviving two will compete in the best-of-five finale.
The month of October continues to host top-tier CSGO action, since from 7th October the best CSGO teams in the world will compete in PGL Major Stockholm. This will be the first time in two years that the competition is being hosted in Stockholm, Sweden that holds some incredible history in the professional landscape of CSGO. Teams will compete for the lion’s share of the $2,000,000 prize pool.
The competition will consist of three stages: The Challengers Stage, Legends Stage, and Champion Stage. The first phase, the Challengers, will consist of 16 teams out of which only the top eight will progress to the next round. The same trend will be followed in Legends Stage where out of the 16 teams eight will proceed to the Challengers. In the final, Challengers stage teams will compete in the best-of-three, Single-Elimination format. Meanwhile, the grand finale is expected to be contested in the best-of-five format.
The finals of the IEM Season XVI, Europe will also be held in October. You can catch the likes of Astralis, FaZe Clan, and G2 Esports battling it out for the $105,000 prize pool. In the first phase, 24 teams will be split into four groups of 6 teams each. Where all the matches will be played in the best-of-one format. The top two teams of each group will progress to the Playoffs. Then the teams will compete in the Single-Elimination format, where all the games will be played in the best-of-three series, except for the grand finale which will be contested in the best-of-five format to crown the champion.