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Dota2 ESL One Stockholm 2022

Mary C

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Fans of Dota 2 can celebrate. For the very first time this year, the Dota Pro Circuit is hosting an offline Major, gathering up several of the best teams from across the globe in Sweden to battle for $500,000 and a spot in The International 11. 


The Stockholm Major, which runs from May 12 to 22, will pit teams from five of the six DPC regions against one another—many for the first time since TI10 last October. 


This Major will conclude the Spring Tour of the 2022 DPC season. Albeit due to a number of events around the world, Chinese teams were unable to compete, forcing Valve to arrange another Regional Final to carry the Tour to a conclusion in the region. Resulting in an increase in worries concerning COVID at the beginning of the year, all six regions were forced to compete an online Regional Final at the end of the Winter Tour in February. 


The Major will nonetheless feature several of the top Dota players worldwide competing at the top level offline after a long gap, even without teams from China and numerous teams in presence needing to play with stand-in players rather than their usual lineups owing to a range of factors. 


Since four Chinese teams who normally have been admitted to the Stockholm Major were unable to participate, the tournament format was altered modified to suit a smaller roster of 14 teams. 


To begin the tournament, the teams were divided into 2 groups of seven, allowing for a round-robin Group Stage in which each team played every other team once in a best-of-two series. The top 4 teams from each category will continue to the upper bracket of the playoffs whereas the fifth and sixth place teams would still proceed to the lower bracket, and the bottom place team in each group will be removed at the conclusion of the Group Stage. 


The playoffs will take place from May 16 to 22, with the last 3 days taking place before a live crowd at Hovet Arena. Up till the grand finals, this phase of the tournament will be a traditional double-elimination bracket with best-of-three series. 


Participants are vying for a stake of $500,000 and 3,530 Pro Circuit points, with the finalists presumably securing a TI11 invitation. Only the top eight clubs will be compensated. 


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