MDL Chengdu Major Opens The First Major Of The Season
Posted 13th November 2019 By: Derpina    155 Views
Esports News – The Dota Pro Circuit (DPC) 2019-20 season officially started. The MDL Chengdu Major paves the way for the new set of tournaments starting November 16. The Major features 16 of the best Dota 2 teams who will compete for the title and the lion’s share of the $1,000,000 prize pool and DPC points.
Rules and format
All matches begin and culminate at Chengdu Century City New International Convention & Exhibition Center, a much bigger venue than the previous Majors. Riot confirmed that MDL Chengdu Major holds one of the biggest numbers of teams competing in a single Dota 2 tournament since the latest The International. To handle the huge crowd, casters Jorien “Sheever” van der Heijden, Owen “ODPixel” Davies, Ioannis “Fogged” Loucas and Austin “Capitalist” Walsh will take the stage.
The format and rules are the same as last year’s DPC. Teams compete in best-of-three matches, GSL group stages, and double elimination playoffs. Each team that advance to the next stage gets a chance to lock-in bigger DPC points.
Europe, CIS, China, and America have multiple representatives in the tournament. Some of the TI9 participants will attend the event, while OG Esports is still on hiatus. The two-time TI champions already missed Dota Summit 11, the first minor.
Alliance and Team Liquid will represent Europe. Team Liquid acquired Alliance’s entire roster last season, so Liquid will compete with Alliance’s former players and the new Alliance sports a revamped roster. Fans are expecting a battle between the two teams.
CIS will be represented by Gambit Esports and Team Spirit. The former features a new roster as well. Gambit’s organization got rid of their former players who consistently failed to rank and qualify for DPC-sponsored events. Team Spirit, on the other hand, will compete with the former members of the Russian team Positive Guys.
Competing for China, their home country, are Vici Gaming, EHOME, Team Aster, and Invictus Gaming. Team Aster is back from a long losing-streak. IG, meanwhile, recently won the Dota Summit 11.
In America, we have lots of familiar and unfamiliar names. Evil Geniuses, Fighting PandaS, and J.Storm will represent North America. Relatively new teams Beastcoast and Team Unknown will have South American on their backs.