What’s at stake?
A $300,000 prize pool is on offer at The Bucharest Minor. It is distributed as follows:
It’s not all about the money. Precious DPC points are on offer for teams, as they aim to emulate Tigers’ superb victory at DreamLeague Season 10. The points are distributed as follows:
2nd: 100 points
3rd: 90 points
5th-6th: 40 points
7th-8th: 20 points
However, perhaps the biggest prize of all awaits the winners only — a place at The Chongqing Major just six days later.
Only 3 days until the first match of The Bucharest Minor. Just a quick reminder of which teams you can watch in Bucharest. 👀@NiPGaming @GambitEsports @OGesports@EHOMECN @Keen_GamingCN @boomesportsid #teamteam & #playmakeresports#pgldota2 #BucharestMinor #esports pic.twitter.com/ni7S6wa05s— PGL (@pglesports) January 6, 2019
Who is taking part?
Eight teams will contest the Bucharest Minor:
— OG, winners of The International 2018;
— Ninjas in Pyjamas, who finished fourth at The Kuala Lumpur Major;
— beastcoast, winners of the North America Qualifier;
— Demolition Boys, Peruvian conquerors of South America;
— AS Monaco Gambit, recent winners of the WePlay! Dota 2 Winter Madness;
— BOOM Esports, representing Indonesia and Southeast Asia;
— Keen Gaming, victors in the China Qualifier;
— EHOME, runners-up to Keen in qualifying.
What is the tournament format?
Teams will initially be split into two groups, who will play out a best-of-three, double-elimination bracket to determine the victors.
The top two teams from each group will advance to the Upper Bracket of the Playoffs stage, while the bottom two teams will contest the Lower Bracket.
The Playoffs stage is also a best-of-three, double-elimination bracket, while a best-of-five battle awaits the two teams who make the Grand Final.
We will have some special guests next week here, at The Bucharest Minor ( January 9-13, PGL Studios)💥🔥#pgldota2 #BucharestMinor @PaulChaloner @keepingitKyle @BlackDotA2 @PyrionFlax @TobiWanDOTA @AdmiralBulldog @syndereNDota @KillerPigeon @LacosteDota @skrff @SirActionSlacks pic.twitter.com/RXPNsFEFPX— PGL (@pglesports) January 4, 2019
Who will be bringing you the action?
The talent list for the Minor is, as always, top tier. Hosting duty goes to Paul “Redeye” Chaloner, with analysis from Kyle, Black, PyrionFlax and AdmiralBulldog.
Casting the games will be TobiWan, syndereN, KillerPigeon and Lacoste, while Weppas and Skrff will be your observers. Rounding off the talent team with their irreverent brand of content will be SirActionSlacks and our own Malystryx.
When does it all kick off?
Good news! The action gets under way tomorrow, January 8, 2019.
For the first four days, the broadcast kicks at 09:30 CET / 00:30 PST / 16:30 PHT with a half-hour pre-show. A post-show will follow all the action at 22:00 CET / 13:00 PST / 05:00 PHT.
Group A matches will take place tomorrow (Wednesday), with Group B matches played on Thursday.
Day 3 (Friday) sees the first round of the Playoffs take place, with both Upper Bracket and Lower Bracket matches played.
Day 4 (Saturday) will see Rounds 2 and 3 of the Lower Bracket completed, alongside the Upper Bracket Final.
The final day (Sunday) kicks off with the pre-show at 10:30 CET / 01:30 PST / 17:30 PHT. The Lower Bracket Final will be first, followed by the Grand Final. A post-final show takes place at 21:00 CET / 12:00 PST / 04:00 PHT.
Where can I watch all the action?
You can find all the coverage in the livestream below:
Where can I find more info?
We’ve already produced loads of content about the Minor. Check out the links below!
Another meme cast with Bulldog at the Minor
The Bucharest Minor power rankings
3 teenagers to follow in the footsteps of SumaiL
The end of syndereN's squad
Who do you think will be victorious in Bucharest?
Header image: PGL