posted by raiko_,
Making it's return for a 5th season on Monday 23rd February, D2CL will once again be packed with top teams from all across Europe, with returning champions Natus Vincere hoping to defend their crown against an 8 team lineup dominated by CIS talent.
Games will all be streamed on Twitch.TV by our joinDOTA casting crew, but if you want to watch in game or just support the tournament, a ticket bundle is now available from the Valve store, featuring a Slark Weapon and a set for Skywrath Mage, which also comes with a HUD and Loading Screen.. If spiders are more your thing, the new Virulent Matriarch set featuring a Loading Screen and Custom Ability Icons will also contribute 10% of sales to the D2CL Prize pool, which stands at a base of $50k.
The format remains fairly unchanged from the previous season and it is rather straight forward, allowing for a lot of great matches to be played. Teams will first be placed into one big round robin group, and will play one BO3 series against every other team. From there, Online playoffs will be held betwene the top placing teams in the groups, and the Top 3 from that will join one Chinese team (Details to come soon) at a LAN Final, for which all of the teams' travel costs will be covered by D2CL.
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