Following the conclusion of the Dota Summit 11 Minor, the 2019-20 Dota Pro Circuit (DPC) will now turn its focus into its first Major, the MDL Chengdu Major. As much as 15,000 DPC points and $1 million in prize pool will be up for grabs at the MDL Chengdu Major.
We’re going to provide you with all of the information that you need for the first Dota 2 Major of the 2019-20, from the schedule, format, participating, teams, favourites to win, as well as a detailed betting analysis.
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Betting Tips & Predictions
During the playoffs we’re going to cover the most exciting games to bet on:
- Nov 24: TNC Predator vs Invictus Gaming
- Nov 21: TNC Predator vs Vici Gaming
- Nov 20: Vici Gaming vs Evil Geniuses
- Nov 20: TNC Predator vs J.Storm
- Nov 19: Invictus Gaming vs Evil Geniuses
MDL Chengdu Major Dates and Schedule
The MDL Chengdu Major will run from November 16 to November 24, with the action taking place live at the Chengdu Century City New International Conventional & Exhibition Center in Chengdu, China.
The MDL Chengdu Major will follow a GSL-style format for the group stages, followed by double-elimination playoffs. All matches will be a best-of-three, save for the first round of the lower bracket matchups of the playoffs (best-of-one) and the Grand Finals (best-of-five).
MDL Chengdu Major Qualified Teams
A total of 16 teams qualified for the MDL Chengdu Major. 15 of those Dota 2 teams earned their entry via the Regional Qualifiers. Meanwhile, 1 team made their way by winning the Dota Summit 11 Minor, which concluded on November 10.
Here’s a complete list of all the participating teams:
- Europe: Team Liquid and Alliance
- China: Vici Gaming, Team Aster, and EHOME
- CIS: Gambit Esports and Team Spirit
- Southeast Asia: Fnatic, TNC Predator, and Team Adroit
- North America: Evil Geniuses, Fighting PandaS, and J.Storm
- South America: Beastcoast and Team Unknown
- Dota Summit 11 Minor Winners: Invictus Gaming
MDL Chengdu Major Prize Pool and Money Breakdown
As per Valve’s mandate, the prize pool, as well as DPC point distribution and breakdown for the MDL Chengdu Major will be as follows:
1st — $300,000 + 4,850 DPC Points
2nd — $160,000 + 3,000 DPC Points
3rd — $110,000 + 2,100 DPC Points
4rd — $80,000 + 1,350 DPC Points
5th-6th Place — $60,000 + 900 DPC Points
7th-8th Place — $40,000 + 450 DPC Points
9th-12th Place — $25,000 + 150 DPC Points
13th-16h Place — $12,500 + 100 DPC Points
Team Favourites to Win the MDL Chengdu Major
With majority of last year’s powerhouses choosing to take a break following the conclusion of the 2018-19 Dota Pro Circuit at The International 2019 in Shanghai, China, literally all 16 Dota 2 teams at the MDL Chengdu Major are relatively new and have not had significant experience playing together as five.
This makes predicting a clear favourite among the lot so difficult.
Based on what we’ve seen so far though, it’s hard not to be impressed with TNC Predator. They’ve been racking up wins left and right since the formation of their current roster, including a huge win at ESL One Hamburg 2019.
Also, not to be taken lightly are Evil Geniuses, who now boast the talents of Abed Azel “Abed” Yusop and Roman “RAMZES666” Kushnarev on their roster, forming arguably the most mechanically talented trio of core players in Dota 2 history along with longtime Evil Geniuses mainstay, Artour “Arteezy” Babaev.
Chinese teams Vici Gaming, Team Aster, and EHOME, as well as Invictus Gaming, will also look to defend their country’s honor at the MDL Chengdu Major.