DreamLeague Season 11 will be the third Major of the Dota 2 season and the first boasting a $1,000,000 USD prize pool as well as 15,000 DPC points. Sixteen teams will be divided into a four groups to compete for seeding placement in a double-elimination Group Stage, which will run for two days from March 14th to the 15th. The top two teams in each group advance to the Upper Bracket, while the bottom two teams will be placed in the Lower Bracket.
The Playoffs will also be double-elimination, with eight teams seeded in the Upper Bracket and eight in the Lower Bracket. All series will be Bo3, save for Round One of the Lower Bracket which will be played in the dreaded Bo1 format, and the Grand Finals which will be Bo5. The Playoffs will run from March 16th to the 24th; the final three days will be live at the Annexet in Stockholm.
The prizepool breakdown is as follows:
• 1st place — $350,000 / 4,950 DPC
• 2nd place — $170,000 / 3,000 DPC
• 3rd place — $100,000 / 2,100 DPC
• 4th place — $80,000 / 1,350 DPC
• 5th-6th places — $60,000 / 900 DPC
• 7th-8th places — $40,500 / 450 DPC
• 9th-12th places — $15,000 / 150 DPC
• 13th-16th places — $10,000 / 75 DPC
All sixteen of the competing teams had to qualify for the event. There will be three teams representing Europe, China, and North America, while two teams will represent the CIS, SEA and South America regions. The final team qualified via winning the Starladder ImbaTV Dota 2 Minor. The regional distribution is as follows:
• Europe — Ninjas in Pyjamas, Team Secret, Team Liquid
• China — PSG.LGD, EHOME, Keen Gaming
• North America — Evil Geniuses, J.Storm, Forward Gaming
• CIS — Virtus.pro, Natus Vincere
• SEA — Fnatic, Mineski
• South America — Chaos Esports Club, Infamous
• SLI Minor — Vici Gaming
Here's the CORSAIR #DreamLeagueMajor Groups!— DreamHack Dota (@DreamHackDota) March 11, 2019
A @teamsecret @TeamLiquid @Team_JStorm @Keen_GamingCN
B @PSGeSports-@LGDgaming @FNATIC @NiPGaming @infamous_gg
C @virtuspro @EHOMECN @mineskiproteam @goforwardgg
D @EvilGeniuses @ViCi_Gaming @ChaosEC @NatusVincere pic.twitter.com/Ec8bX2phnz
The broadcasting line up will be familiar to those who have been following Dota for some time. Fan favourite Sheever will be taking up hosting duties while professional humourist SirActionSlacks will co-host. In terms of in-game analysts, the mainstay combo of ODPixel and Fogged will again be present, as well as Moxxi, LizZard, longtime caster Godz, and the feted Henrik 'AdmiralBulldog' Ahnberg will round out the lineup.
The action starts at 13:30 local time on March 14th.
Can Team Secret win another Dota 2 Major?
Photo Credit: ESL - Adela Sznajder