KeyTV has announced the six directly invited teams that will compete in the upcoming Nanyang Dota 2 Championship, scheduled to take place between October 26 and November 1, at the Suntec Convention & Event Center, in Singapore. The organizers have decided to designate one of the slots originally intended for a NA team to a Chinese one, after Evil Geniuses declined the invitation, due to scheduling conflict.
Fnatic, Virtus.Pro, Team Secret, ViCi Gaming, LGD Gaming, and CDEC have received direct invites to the Nanyang Dota 2 Championship, the biggest Dota 2 LAN tournament ever held in Singapore, with a base prize pool of $200,000.
According to the format details released on July 13th, one of the six direct invite slots was intended for a NA team. After Evil Geniuses declined the invitation, the Nanyang Dota 2 Championship organizers, KeyTV, “have decided to replace the NA direct invite slot with a Chinese team based on recent TI5 results.”
In a statement made available on the Nanyang Dota 2 Championship Facebook page, Evil Geniuses explain the reasons for declining the invite:
Unfortunately we won’t be attending Nanyang because the travel schedule conflicts with other events that we have accepted. Adding an additional LAN to our calendar doesn’t leave us with enough time to adequately prepare for all of them. We want to provide the best games for our fans. We’re very sorry we won’t get to meet our fans in Singapore, it’s a place none of us have been to and a place we would very much like to visit. We hope there’s more opportunities in the future.
The tournament will kick off with four regional qualifiers, expected to start in September. The winners will receive invites to attend the LAN finals scheduled to take place between October 26th and November 1st, in Singapore. The four qualified teams will join the six invited teams.
Nanyang Dota 2 Championship teams
Directly invited teams:
- Team Secret
- ViCi Gaming
- LGD Gaming
- Winner of the Chinese qualifiers
- Winner of the European qualifiers
- Winner of the Americas qualifiers
- Winner of the Southeast Asian (Korea included) qualifiers
Nanyang Dota 2 Championship format and schedule
Group stage: October 26 – 27
The 10 teams will be split into two groups of five. The group stage will be played in a best-of-two Round Robin format. At the end of the group stage, eight teams will advance into the playoffs: the top two teams from each group will be seeded into the Upper Bracket, while the 3rd and 4th place teams will start the playoffs in the Lower Bracket.
Playoffs: October 28 – 30
The eight remaining teams will compete in a Double Elimination format. The first two rounds of the Lower Bracket will be best-of-one games. All the other matches will be best-of-three series. The playoffs will be followed by a “rest day”, on October 31st.
Grand Finals: November 1st
The Nanyang Dota 2 Championship LAN Grand Finals will be played as best-of-five series, without any winner’s advantage.
Nanyang Dota 2 Championship in-game ticket
The Nanyang Dota 2 Championship in-game ticket is available for $1.99. 25.0% of the proceeds of each sale contributes to the tournament’s prize pool.
Nanyang Dota 2 Championship prize pool breakdown
- 1st place $100,000 + 48% crowdfunded amount
- 2nd place $50,000 + 24% crowdfunded amount
- 3rd place $25,000 + 12% crowdfunded amount
- 4th place $10,000 + 8% crowdfunded amount
- 5-6 place $7,500 + 4% crowdfunded amount
KeyTV is a Shanghai based esports content producing company, focused on creating high quality esports content, such as tournaments, team videos, gaming livestreams and rebroadcasted content. The Chinese company employs a team of highly experienced videographers, pre/post-production editors, writers and directors, casters and models. KeyTV’s most recent event was the VPGame Professional Invitational, with a prize pool of $24,500. ViCi Gaming claimed the championship title, in April. Additional events include, but are not limited to: assistance during DAC, MSI Beat it, and WEC.
Further information is available on the Nanyang Dota 2 Championship website.