All you need to know about the Dota 2 Shanghai Major

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The Dota 2 Shanghai Major is underway. You may have missed the gun, like I did, since it started at 3:00 AM last night – but fear not, the games are currently underway and let’s hope you don’t miss too much.

The Shanghai leg is the second Major in Valve’s four part Major Dota 2 series. Eight invited teams and eight qualified teams will be competing for their share of $3 million. The Major is taking place at the Mercedes-Benz Arena in Shanghai, China. The first Major took place in November last year with OG being crowned as the first winners.

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Below is all you need to know about the Dota 2 Shanghai Major.

Teams and Groups

Invited:

  • OG
  • Team Secret
  • Evil Geniuses
  • EHOME
  • ViCi Gaming
  • CDEC Gaming
  • Virtus.Pro
  • The Alliance

Qualified:

  • Team Archon
  • compLexity Gaming
  • Team Liquid
  • Team Spirit
  • Fnatic
  • MVP Phoenix
  • LGD Gaming
  • Newbee

Group A

Group B

Group C

Group D

CDEC Gaming (China) ViCi Gaming (China) Newbee (China) Evil Geniuses (North America)
EHOME (China) Fnatic (Malaysia) LGD Gaming (China) Team Liquid (Europe)
Team Secret (Europe) Alliance (Sweden) OG (Europe) Virtus.Pro (Russia)
MVP Phoenix (South Korea) Team Spirit (Russia) Team Archon (North America) compLexity  (North America)

Tournament Structure and Schedule

The tournament is split into two event: The Group Stage (Feb 25th – 28th) and Main Event (March 2nd – 6th).

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The Group Stage is a simple format of Team A plays Team B, Team C plays Team D. The winners of each match then face off the Winner’s Match, with the winning team advancing to the upper bracket. The two losing teams then face off with the loser falling into the loser bracket, and the winner going on to face the loser of the winner’s match. The winner of the final game advances to the upper bracket, and loser drops to the lower bracket. Got it? Good.

All matches are best-of-three, so there’s plenty of Dota 2 to watch.

The Main Event is a double-elimination bracket with the two teams from each group going into the upper bracket, and the losing two teams going into the lower bracket. The first and second round of the lower bracket is best-of-one, with the winner bracket remaining best-of-three. The Grand Final will be a best-of-five match with no winner’s advantage.

The Schedule is quite harsh, since it’s in China, which means the games kick off at 3:00 AM (CET) but continue throughout the morning.

If you’re a Dota 2 fan be sure to catch the action. There’s one more game today, going live at 14:00.

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Last Updated: February 25, 2016

Kyle Wolmarans

Critical Hit’s esports guy. I talk about esports and drink whiskey. I also write and cast for elsewhere – but my work here is independent of that.

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