SLTV: Na`Vi drawn with EG and Alliance
The first LAN event of the Dota 2 calendar for 2016 is almost upon us. SL i-League StarSeries will be held between the 13th and 17th of January in Minsk, where the teams will fight for a total prizepool of $300,000. Natus Vincere is among the participants, making their first LAN appearance after The International 2015.
The event will showcase an elite line-up of competitors - the majority of the most important teams will be present in Belarus. The total of twelve team were divided into two groups of six. All group stage games will be best-of-one battles, with the top three teams advancing into the next stage of the competition.
The single elimination knockout stage will begin on the 15th of January in the Minsk Arena, in front of an 18000 crowd. The 2nd and the 3rd placed squads will play each other in the quarterfinals and the winner or these two games will meet the 1st teams of the group stage in the semi-finals. At this phase of the event all games will be best-of-three series up until the final, which will be a best-of-five.
v1lat announcing the sold out event
Starladder also released the talent line-up, welcoming many familiar faces and community favorites to the event. The complete list of personalities can be seen below.
Complete list of talent invited for SL i-League StarSeries
Natus Vincere was drawn together with the winner of TI5 Evil Geniuses and their old rival Alliance. The three are joined by the Chinese powerhouse LGD Gaming who stormed through the Shanghai Major Qualifiers, as well as Fnatic, who themselves won the Regionals of their territory. The group is completed by Team Spirit, a familiar face with whom Na`Vi played together in the EU Qualifiers.
|Complete schedule for the event|
|Time (CET)||Match 1||Match 2|
|9:20||Alliance Evil Geniuses||LGD Gaming Fnatic|
|10:40||Alliance Natus Vincere||LGD Gaming Team Spirit|
|12:00||Natus Vincere Fnatic||Team Spirit Evil Geniuses|
|13:20||Fnatic Alliance||Evil Geniuses LGD Gaming|
|14:40||Team Spirit Natus Vincere||Vega Squadron Wings Gaming|
|16:00||Team Secret Virtus.pro||Team Liquid compLexity Gaming|
|17:20||Wings Gaming Virtus.pro||Team Liquid Vega Squadron|
|18:40||Wings Gaming compLexity Gaming||Vega Squadron Team Secret|
|20:00||compLexity Gaming Virtus.pro||Team Secret Team Liquid|
|9:20||Natus Vincere LGD Gaming||Fnatic Team Spirit|
|10:40||Alliance LGD Gaming||Fnatic Evil Geniuses|
|12:00||Alliance Team Spirit||Evil Geniuses Natus Vincere|
|13:20||Wings Gaming Team Liquid||Vega Squadron compLexity Gaming|
|14:40||Virtus.pro Team Liquid||compLexity Gaming Team Secret|
|16:00||Virtus.pro Vega Squadron||Team Secret Wings Gaming|
|8:00||3rd place of Group A 2nd place of Group B|
|10:40||3rd place of Group B 2nd place of Group A|
|09:00 / 10:00||TBD 1st place of Group A|
|11:40 / 12:40||TBD 1st place of Group B|
|12:00 / 13:00||TBD TBD|
Source: Official Announcement