Dota 2 competition tier increases at Snow Sweet Snow #2
The Snow Sweet Snow series continues with yet another season of action-packed Dota 2. After Hellbear Smashers won the Snow Sweet Snow #1 days ago, another sixteen participants gather for the month-long league. The folks over at Relog Media announced that there are multiple seasons of the Snow Sweet Snow series coming up, as a step towards nurturing the amateur scene.
With the Snow Sweet Snow series turning into a Dota 2 league, the event has garnered attention from some notable teams. After all, the 50,000 USD pot is rather tempting for what it’s worth.
Snow Sweet Snow 2 Tournament Format and Teams
Much like its predecessor, the second season features a similar group stage, with sixteen teams split across two groups. Group stage matches are single round-robin, where the top two seeds from each group advance to the upper bracket, while the third to sixth-placed teams head down to the lower bracket. All matches are best-of-three, up to the playoff matches, but a best-of-five format is reserved for the grand finals.
Several past contestants from Snow Sweet Snow #1 has returned for another run. For instance, the winners, Hellbear Smashers, will be looking forward to defending their title, along with PuckChamp, Creepwave, Spider Pigzs, Brame, Hippomaniacs, Imperial Pro Gaming, No Bounty Hunter, and NoUndying.
The event also welcomes several Dota Pro Circuit 2021 teams, including European powerhouses, Vikin.gg, HellRaisers, Winstrike Team, and B8. Filling the rest of the slots are IVY, Recast Gaming, and Cascade.
Here are three teams that are expected to top their groups and make strong playoffs runs at Snow Sweet Snow #2.
Hellbear Smashers going for another trophy
Hellbear Smashers were the clear winners of Snow Sweet Snow #1. They live up to their reputation, especially former Team Secret player Marcus “Ace” Hoelgaard, and Geogrii “Gilgir” Svistunov, who is known for his position 4 support role. Their run in the first iteration was clean with only a single game dropped in the Grand Finals.
Ladies and gents, our #SnowSweetSnow 1 Champions are…
💪 @HellbearsDota2 💪
They defeated #PuckChamp 3-1! Huge CONGRATS!
This grand final was an absolute treat!
— The Esports Bible (@TheEsportsBible) February 12, 2021
While the Smashers are undoubtedly a seasoned team among the participants, it will not be as easy this time, especially with other DPC 2021 teams in the mix.
Their group now features Winstrike Team who are at the top in the DPC 2021 CIS Lower Division. On top of that, participants from Snow Sweet Snow #1, PuckChamp (2nd place), Creepwave (3rd place), and even Spider Pigzs (4th place) are all seeded in the same group as the Smashers.
High expectations on Vikin.gg
Heading into the Snow Sweet Snow #2, Vikin.gg is most certainly the favorite. The team is comparable to the likes of many other renowned European teams, such as Team Secret, OG, Nigma, and Team Liquid, to name a few. Furthermore, they stirred quite the storm at the Europe Upper Division in their recent match versus Team OG.
Despite being the bottom seeds at the Europe Upper Division, Vikin.gg took two series off two TI winners in against both OG and Nigma. Looking at the intense series, Vikin.gg must have studied their rivals extensively. Even famed mid player, Topias Miikka “Topson” Taavitsainen was made to look like a fool on his signature hero, Puck in the latest series.
Vikin.gg is the type of team that will can likely beat any opponent if the game continues past the 42 minute mark. Most of their defeats come in overwhelming sub 30ish minute stomps. Yet, if left to to have their way and scale up the Vikings are a formidable late game squad.
🗓️Feb 15 – Mar 11
— Vikin.gg (@GGVikin) February 14, 2021
HellRaisers building credit
The HellRaisers organization has been in a perpetual state of flux for over five years. Each season the organization acquires a new roster and drops its players by the end of the season. It has become somewhat of a meme tradition to wait for the new HR pickup in January of each season.
This time around, they have picked up a squad of veterans hailing from all corners of the CIS scene. Five time TI veteran Roman “Resolut1on” Fomynok will hopefully lead the current roster to glory, especially considering he has Zaur “Cooman” Shakhmurzaev and Ivan “VANSKOR” Skorokhod at his disposal. Their only opposition is Vikin.gg in Group B.
Snow Sweet Snow #2 is featured on most prominent esports betting sites, with exotic markets fully enabled. You can place bets on most in-game outcomes, as well as live bet as the matches are being played. There are over 66 potential series to bet on in the following weeks, and our three team picks will certainly put you in profit over the course of the tournament.