🔥 We are thrilled to announce Maincast Autumn Brawl — our very first Dota 2 tournament, where 20 teams from Europe and CIS will fight for the prestige and $80,000 prize pool.— Dota 2 Maincast 🇬🇧 (@dota2mc) September 27, 2018
October 6-14: https://t.co/hC2aJ433T8
You'd better not miss the biggest online brawl of this fall! pic.twitter.com/qZJvylRCVY
Secret to line-up with a new member as big names enter the fray
With the Group Stage drawing to a close, some of the best teams in the CIS region are fighting to claim their spots in the quarter-finals. Eight places are up for grabs, and those teams will join the invited teams — Virtus.pro, Team Secret, Ninjas in Pyjamas, and Gambit Esports.
And, as an added little nugget, Secret have announced that Yeik Nai 'MidOne' Zheng will remain in SEA after their PVP Esports Championship win — meaning they will play in the Brawl with an as-yet unannounced replacement. Don't worry — this is no big roster change, just some time for the Malaysian player to rest at home!
All matches in the Playoff stage will be best-of-three, with the Grand Final being a best-of-five series. The Round of 12 will kick off on Wednesday, 10 October at 14:00 CEST.
#SecretDota is heading home after winning the @PVPEsports Championship and will be competing in the @dota2mc Autumn Brawl later this week.@midonedota2 will be resting in SEA for this one, so @CLEMENTINATOR is dialing up a friend... pic.twitter.com/xzDendIlqV— Team Secret (@teamsecret) October 8, 2018
Who’s leading the way in the Group Stage?
Each of the four groups of four teams play a best-of-one, double-elimination format to determine who qualifies. The top team goes through automatically, with the bottom team going home. The second and third placed teams in each group will play each other in a best-of-three series to determine the second qualifier.
In Group A, NoPangolier have booked their spot already. The team, made up of former Odium players Andrey 'Ghostik' Kadyk and Krivulya 'Cema' Semion, defeated both Team Spirit and HAPPY GUYS, who will contest the decider after TpB were eliminated.
Group B sees Natus Vincere finish top, after wins over Nemiga Gaming and Elements Pro Gaming, while all-Bulgarian squad Madjor Atendari are also in the frame.
Group C sees UNDERDOGS go through, with Team Empire, WU TANG and Espada fighting to qualify alongside them. Finally, Group D has Winstrike as its representatives so far, while FCDB Esports, Team Lithium and Uruk-High aiming to succeed with them.
Top talent on casting duties
🎙️ @ODPixel, @SheeverGaming, @keepingitKyle, @Foggeddota, @BTSGoDz, @lizZardDota2, @KillerPigeon.— Dota 2 Maincast 🇬🇧 (@dota2mc) October 5, 2018
And here is the marvellous talent team, which will provide coverage of the Maincast Autumn Brawl!
⏰ First games of the event start tomorrow at 16:00 CEST. pic.twitter.com/UEN4F7fov4
Maincast have assembled a top-notch roster of on-site English-language talent for the Autumn Brawl. Host Sheever is joined by ODPixel, Fogged, GoDz, KillerPigeon, Kyle and lizZard, and they’ll be bringing you the best of the action live from the Maincast studios, as it happens.
You can follow all the action from the remainder of the Group Stage and all Playoff matches here:
Who will take the win? And just who will Secret bring in?
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