Have you heard? Saudi Arabia, through the Saudi Esports Federation, is celebrating Gamers8, an eight-week long esports and gaming event in the capital city of Riyadh. Professional teams from all over the world have been invited to compete across popular titles, including Dota 2.

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Officially called Riyadh Masters 2022, this offline Dota 2 tournament features ten teams that include PSG.LGD, Team Spirit, and Team Secret. Regional winners of the online charity event Gamers Without Borders are also playing in the tournament: Team Liquid, Royal Never Give Up, and Deboosters.

Here’s the full list of teams.

Participating teams in Riyadh Masters Dota 2

  • Team Secret
  • Team Spirit
  • Royal Never Give up
  • Team Liquid
  • Deboosters
  • Nigma Galaxy
  • OG
  • Tundra Esports

Dota 2 Riyadh Masters Schedule and Results

The ten participating teams are divided into two groups of five in the Group Stage where they will play in a single round-robin format with best-of-2 matches. The top team from each group will then proceed to the semifinals of the playoffs, whereas teams in second and third place from each group will proceed to the quarterfinals. The remaining four will be eliminated.

The tournament already began on July 20 and is currently in the middle of the group stage matches, which will continue for the next three days. The playoff matches, which including the championship/final match will be in a best-of-three format in a single-elimination bracket, are scheduled on July 23 and 24.

As of this writing, the starting three matches in Group A have concluded. Teams TSM FTX and TSpirit flawlessly won against Liquid and Dbst, respectively. Meanwhile, teams NGX and RNG Up faced against each other and ended in a 1:1 draw.

The result of the remaining matches are as follows:

July 20

Group A

TSM FTX vs Team LiquidFinished2 — 0
Royal Never Give Up vs Nigma GalaxyFinished1 — 1
OG vs Royal Never Give UpFinished1 — 1
Team Liquid vs Nigma GalaxyFinished1 — 1

Group B

Tundra Esports vs Team SecretFinished0 — 2
Team Spirit vs DeboostersFinished2 — 0

July 21

Group A

MatchTime (GMT +8)Result
OG vs Team Liquid8:00PM 2 — 0
TSM FTX vs Nigma Galaxy8:00PM 0 — 2

Group B

MatchTime (GMT +8)Result
Team Spirit vs PSG.LGD5:00PM2 — 0
Deboosters vs Team Secret5:00PM0 — 2
Team Secret vs PSG.LGD11:00PM2 — 0
Deboosters vs Tundra Esports11:00PM0 — 2

July 22

Group A

MatchTime (GMT +8)Result
TSM FTX vs OG11:00PM0 — 2
Team Liquid vs Royal Never Give Up11:00PM1 — 1

Group B

MatchTime (GMT +8)Result
Deboosters vs PSG.LGD8:00PM 0 — 2
Team Spirit vs Tundra Esports8:00PM 2 — 0

July 23

Group B

MatchTime (GMT +8)Result
Tundra Esports vs PSG.LGD2:00AM0 — 2
Team Secret vs Team Spirit2:00AM1 — 1

Quarter finals

MatchTime (GMT +8)Result
Nigma Galaxy vs PSG.LGDFinished1 — 2
Team Spirit vs RNGFinished2 — 1

July 24

Semi Finals

MatchTime (GMT +8)Result
OG vs PSG.LGDFinished1 — 2
Team Spirit vs Team SecretFinished2 — 1

Grand Finals

MatchTime (GMT +8)Result
PSG.LGD vs Team SpiritFinished2 — 0

Dota 2 Riyadh Masters Standings

As the tournament is still in the group stage, team standings are still to be determined. We’ll update this post once we get the information.

Dota 2 Riyadh Masters Prize Pool

The tournament prize pool is $4 million USD, with the tournament champion’s share coming in at $1.5 million. The first runner-up receives $750,000, whereas the bottom two teams each get $100,000.

An additional $100,000 will be given to each team as assistance, regardless of their final ranking in the tournament. Outside of Dota 2 developer Valve’s annual The International tournament, the Riyadh Masters 2022 is notable for having the largest prize pool in Dota 2 esports.

Team Spirit2nd$750,000
Team Secret3rd$425,000
Nigma Galaxy5th$200,000
Royal Never Give Up5th$200,000
TSM FTX7th$150,000
Tundra Esports7th$150,000
Team Liquid9th$100,000

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