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China Dota2 Supermajor Preview

25 May 2018 10:29

The final Major of the Dota Pro Circuit gets underway on Saturday 2nd June as sixteen of the world’s best teams compete in the China Dota2 Supermajor at Yuanshen Gymnasium, Shanghai, China. There’s a £1.5 million prize pool and 2,250 Pro Circuit Points to play for over nine days, so find out here who could go all the way to the show-shopping best-of-five grand final.

The Format

The group stage sees the sixteen Dota teams split into four groups, competing in a best-of-three double elimination bracket. The top two teams from each group advance to the main event’s upper bracket, with the bottom two teams going through to the lower bracket.

The double-elimination bracket play-offs then take centre stage from Monday 4th June, with best-of-three, upper and lower bracket contests fought out over five days. These duels will determine who reaches the grand final, and the final two days of the tournament will be played in front of a live crowd.

The Teams

Ten teams received direct invites to Shanghai, and six teams came through qualification rounds, one from each region. The groups are yet to be announced, although the sixteen competing teams are shown below, along with their odds of winning the tournament outright and which of them came through qualification:

  • – 4/1
  • PSG.LGD – 4/1 – China Qualifier
  • Team Liquid – 9/2
  • Vici Gaming – 6/1
  • Team Secret – 13/2
  • Mineski – 10/1
  • Evil Genuises – 12/1
  • Newbee – 14/1
  • VGJ Storm – 14/1 – North America Qualifier
  • TNC – 20/1 – South-east Asia Qualifier
  • OG – 25/1
  • VGJ Thunder – 25/1
  • Natus Vincere – 80/1
  • The Final Tribe – 100/1 – Europe Qualifier
  • Team Spirit – 100/1 – CIS Qualifier
  • Infamous – 100/1 – South America Qualifier

The winner is 6/4 to be from the Chinese region, 7/4 from Europe, 15/4 from CIS, 8/1 from South-east Asia, 10/1 from North America and a long shot of 100/1 from South America.

Distribution Of Pro Circuit Points

A full breakdown of the $1.5m prize pool between all competing teams is yet to be announced, although the 2,250 Pro Circuit Points are split between the top four teams:

  • 1st place – 1,125 Pro Circuit Points
  • 2nd place – 675 Pro Circuit Points
  • 3rd place – 337 Pro Circuit Points
  • 4th place – 112 Pro Circuit Points

Who Are The Favourites?

PSG.LGD come into this tournament as one of the world’s form teams, recently crowned MDL Changsha Major champions following a comprehensive 3-0 grand final defeat of VGJ.Storm in May. They also dispatched of Team Liquid 3-1 in the EPICENTER XL grand final two weeks before, in what was the first tournament under their new name. The newly-named team were previously called LGD Gaming before an historic merge with Paris Saint-Germain Football Club, and the partnership has enjoyed unparalleled success so far having emerged victorious in two tournaments.

The link-up between the two parties, PSG and LGD, represented a significant coup for both eSports and football, following on from the launch of the FIFA eMLS Cup. The PSG.LGD outfit are joint favourites to secure three successive 1st place finishes, priced at 4/1 alongside Russian heavyweights   

Elsewhere, have also been in impressive form this year, winning both the ESL One Katowice 2018 and The Bucharest Major titles in convincing fashion. Coached by 29-year-old Ivan "Artstyle" Antonov, Vladimir "RodjER" Nikogosyan played a key role in their 3-0 grand final demolition of VGJ.Thunder in Bucharest, registering four kills and eleven assists in the first game to help guide his team to victory.

With The International 2018 coming up in August, held in Canada for the first time in the tournaments history, the China Dota2 Supermajor takes on extra significance as sides gear up for one the biggest events in the eSports calendar. Let us know on Facebook or Twitter who you reckon will come out on top in Shanghai.

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Updated on: 2018-05-25

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