As previously announced the venue of the fourth major Dota 2 season-2018/2019 is all set to take place in the fashion capital of the world. Disneyland Paris will take MDL Disneyland Paris Major from 4 to 12 May. The tournament will feature 16 teams, while the playoff competition will take the Disney Events Arena with a capacity of 6.3 thousand spectators.
The last major season of the season 2018-2019 of Dota 2 is the EPICENTER Major. It will take place from June 22–30 in Moscow. This was announced on the official EPICENTER page on Twitter.
At EPICENTER Major, 15 winners of regional qualifiers will arrive (three slots each for Europe, China, and the CIS. There will be two slots each for Southeast Asia, North America, and South America) and the winner of the fifth major event.
The group stage will take place from June 22–23. According to the results of the groups, participants will advance to the playoffs. The matches of this stage will take place from June 28-30 at the stadium “CSKA Arena”, formerly known as “VTB Ice Palace”. For the first time in the history of the EPICENTER series, a 360 ° scene with a circular view will be built at the Dota 2 tournament, which will allow more than 28,000 guests to watch the battles from either side of the arena.
More details about the EPICENTER Major:
▪Close qualifiers: 15-19 May
▪Group stage: 22-23 June
▪Playoffs: 24-30 June, Double Elimination
— EPICENTER (@epicentergg) March 18, 2019
The prize pool of EPICENTER Major will be one million dollars, $ 350 thousand of which will be received by the winner. Moreover, 15,000 Dota Pro Circuit points will also be awarded at the tournament. The previous EPICENTER series tournament in Dota 2 was also part of the DPC and received major status. It took place from April 27 to May 6, 2018, in Moscow. In the final PSG.LGD beat Team Liquid with a score of 3-1 and earned $ 500 thousand.
MVP of the EPICENTER XL!
— EPICENTER (@epicentergg) May 6, 2018
Road to TI9
The tournament will also be the third major in Europe, with the current Stockholm’s Dream League and Paris’s MDL Disneyland on May 4-12. In the first two major tournaments of the season, Virtus.pro and Team Secret were the victorious teams. Russian teams, and especially Virtus.pro, will be competing in their own backyard in this tournament.
The top 12 of the DPC 2018-2019 score table will be invited to compete at The International 2019, while the remaining 6 teams will come from the regional qualifying round for each team. The International 2018 started with an initial prize pool of just 1.6 million dollars. To this figure was added 25% of the Battle Pass, extra and exclusive content for Dota 2 that fans can buy for several months. As a result, more than 23 million dollars were added to the prize, surpassing the record of 2017.
To date, no team has won the International twice. Now let’s see if anyone can win the championship twice this year in the Chinese capital.
Betting picks up here this week. Betway esports offers an opportunity to bet on each playoff match until the grand finale on 26 November.