Out of hundreds of available spots for the first round of qualifiers, four teams of each of the four divisions, namely Europe-CIS, Atlantic, China and Asia, will advance to battle the 16 invitees for a chance to reach the main event and subsequently the grand finals.
Round 2 will then consist of 6 weeks' time of matches in which the two Classes, A and S will swap places between each other as the games unfold.
The top team of each division will earn a spot directly into the LAN finals. The remaining 4 teams will advance to the grand finals only after having won their Last Chance matches. All finalists will receive $5000 as travel support to reach the LAN event in Kiev.
Places 5 and 6 out of every division will have a spot secured in the 4th season, while 7th and 8th place both drop out of the competition completely.
The prize pool amounts to a total of $200,000 + 25% of compendium sales, $100,000 of which are distributed throughout the main event, while the winner of the grand finals gets to go home with the other $100,000.
Tournament server locations
Qualifier times and dates
Sign-ups for the first two qualifiers are already open and anyone with a team can join, so hurry up and put you and your team on the list for a chance to win that prize money! Sign up here!
Chinese qualification: 15th to 17th of August, first game starts at 13:00 CEST.
Asian qualification: 15th to 17th of August, first game starts at 13:30 CEST.
Atlantic qualification: 19th to 21th of August, first game starts at 19:00 CEST.
European/CIS qualification: 22th to 24th of August, first game starts at 17:00 CEST.
Chinese qualification: 19th to 21th of August, first game starts at 13:00 CEST.
Asian qualification: 22th to 24th of August, first game starts at 13:30 CEST.
Atlantic qualification: 26th to 28th of August, first game starts at 19:00 CEST.
European/CIS qualification: 26th to 28th of August, first game starts at 17:00 CEST.
Also, check out WePlay's guides on how to register on the site and their tournament right here!
The WePlay Season 3 Grand Finals will span across 4 days, between the 11th and 14th of December and will be held at the International Exhibition Centre in Ukraine, Kiev.
Organizers are expecting to receive about 40,000 visitors from all over the world and are planning accordingly, from food to the press area, gaming sectors and an e-sports bar, as well as shops and special interview areas.
The English casting for the games from Round 2 up to the grand finals will be available on joinDOTA with our very own TobiWan and DotaCapitalist as the primary English partners for the tournament, while the Russian coverage will be once again brought in by WePlay, two of the talents being VeRsuta and LighTofHeaveN.
This article was written by Sandra Radu, joinDOTA's Senior Editor.PookieThePie started playing DotA 2 while waiting for the big Diablo 3 revamp, where she'd spent quite some hours before starting to work her way up the corporate marketing ladder in real life.Location: Würzburg, GermanyFollow her on @pookiethepie.