The Shanghai Major China Qualifiers start on Thursday, January 7th, at 03:00 CET. The eight invited teams, along with two qualified ones, will compete over the coveted spots at the Dota Major event of the winter season.
Get up to speed with the Shanghai Major China Qualifiers schedule, participating teams, format, groups, and streams!
Ten teams – Invictus Gaming, LGD Gaming, Newbee.Young, Team FanTuan, IG.Vitality, Newbee, CDEC.Youth, Wings Gaming, Newbee.Young, CDEC.A and one TBD – will be competing to represent China at the Shanghai Major.
The Shanghai Major will take place between March 2-6, at the Mercedes-Benz Arena in Shanghai, in China. A fixed prize-pool of $3,000,000 is on the line.
OG, Team Secret, Evil Geniuses, EHOME, ViCi Gaming, CDEC, Virtus.Pro, and Alliance have already been directly invited to the event.
Shanghai Major China Qualifiers format
- The ten teams have been divided into two Round Robin groups of five.
- Top two teams will advance to a double elimination bracket.
- First place team will start in the Upper Brackets.
- Runner-up team will start in the Lower Brackets.
- The first and second place teams from the Shanghai Major China Qualifiers will advance to the main event in Shanghai, China.
Shanghai Major China Qualifiers groups
Shanghai Major China Qualifiers schedule
Thursday, January 7th
- 03:00 CET –LGD vs. TBD
- 03:00 CET – IG.V vs. FT
- 05:30 CET – IG vs. LGD
- 05:30 CET – TBD vs. FT
- 08:00 CET – Wings vs. Newbee.Y
- 08:00 CET – CDEC.Y vs. CDEC.A
- 10:30 CET – FT vs. IG
- 10:30 CET – IG vs. TBD
- 13:00 CET – Newbee vs. CDEC.Y
- 13:00 CET – Wings vs. CDEC.A
Friday, January 8th
- 03:00 CET – LGD vs. FT
- 03:00 CET – IG vs. IG.V
- 05:30 CET – Wings vs. Newbee
- 05:30 CET – Newbee.Y vs. CDEC.A
- 08:00 CET – IG vs. TBD
- 08:00 CET – IG.V vs. LGD
- 10:30 CET – Newbee.Y vs. NewB
- 10:30 CET – CDEC.Y vs. Wings
- 13:00 CET – Newbee vs. CDEC.A
- 13:00 CET – Newbee.Y vs CDEC.Y
Shanghai Major China Qualifiers streams
The Shanghai Major China Qualifiers will be broadcast in English as part of the coverage provided by Beyond the Summit in their “insanity hub”.
- The Beyond the Summit Twitch channel will provide coverage of select group stage matches from all four regions.
The Shanghai Major China Qualifiers series will begin at 03:00 CET, on Thursday, January 7th, and end on January 10th.
Shanghai Major China Qualifiers teams
Invictus Gaming have provided a high level of competition to their Chinese and international rivals, maintaining a strong and at times threatening presence. Always a team to achieve placements during tournament playoffs, IG towers above their peers. The team has seized top three finishes at several premier and major tournaments earlier in the year and numerous commendable positions in between.
Invictus Gaming has had a very difficult few months. After a disappointing 12th place finish at TI5, the team was once again subject to roster changes.
They did place 4th at ESL One New York but their ease didn’t last long.
Invictus Gaming was forced to withdraw from The Frankfurt Major due to complications in obtaining required travel documents for Su “super” Peng. The team did not have a substitute registered, therefore falling out of compliance with the roster lock rules implemented by Valve.
Then, in a very surprising move, Wong “ChuaN” Hock has transferred to Newbee.
Invictus Gaming has almost always been synonymous with ChuaN. While he started his career in 2011, with LGD Gaming, he transferred to Invictus Gaming after the first International. In September of 2013, he departed the organization for a five-month stint away from competitive gaming, before coming back to his “home”, at IG.
Liu “XDD” Silong has taken ChuaN’s place on the team. XDD has been playing since 2012 for various Chinese teams including Wings Gaming and Hyper Glory Team.
Invictus Gaming roster:
Liu “XDD” Silong
Luo “Ferrari_430” Feichi
Luo “Luo” Yinqi
Wang “Rabbit” Zhang
Su “super” Peng
Team Newbee erupted onto the Dota 2 scene in 2014, having emerged from nowhere to claim the most sought after glory of being crowned the Champions of The International. The Chinese “Dream Team 2″ shocked the world with their victory and then disappeared from the scene.
After placing 13th at TI5, Chen “Hao” Zhihao returned to the team, while Wang “Rabbit” Zhang and Lin “June” Shiyang departed.
Wong “ChuaN” Hock transferred to Newbee in time for the Shanghai Major.
The team then had an equally lackluster performance for the Frankfurt Major, taking 15th place and forfeited their spot in WCA 2015 as the event was underway.
This was the second time in less than a month that Newbee forfeit their attendance at an event. The first was at Game Show Global eSports Cup on November 27th, at the last minute. Their late withdrawal then also caused a decrease in participating teams for the event, having left no time for organizers to secure a replacement.
Chen “Hao” Zhihao
Zhang Mu Pan
Meng “Xiao2le” Lei
Wang Banana Jiao
Li “chisbug” Chen
Newbee was put together in early 2014, during the Chinese reshuffle that happened prior to The International 4. It was originally nicknamed “Dream Team 2” until February 2014, when the season transfer window was closed and the team was officially named Newbee. Newbee went on to win The International 4 in Seattle. In October 2014, Newbee Young – the organization’s youth squad, was established and placed seventh at the National Electronic Sports Tournament 2014, only two weeks later.
With only two of the members who participated in the TI5 Chinese qualifiers, the team is mostly reformed and looking to make a name.
A stroke of luck came the young team’s way. As Invictus Gaming, qualified for the Frankfurt Major through the Chinese Qualifier, the organization has extended the invitation to replace them to the team that was next in line – Newbee Young. The team had come in third place, following Invictus Gaming and Newbee.
Newbee.Young came in last place at the event unfortunately.
The team took eighth place at the Dota 2 Radiant and Dire Cup and third at the Shanghai Dota 2 Open.
Newbee Young roster:
Tan “JiaJia” Lijia
“Sccc” Song Chun
Li “chisbug” Chen
“Mrrr” Meng Duo
The team came in third at The International 5, but was still subject to significant roster changes following the event, as EHOME’s captain, Fan “rOtk” Bai, and player Liang “DDC” Faming have both joined LGD Gaming, while Zhang “xiao8” Ning and Yao “Yao” Zhengzheng have stepped back from the active roster.
They have had lackluster performances since, taking seventh at MLG World Finals and eighth at the Frankfurt Major.
LGD Gaming most recently defeated Newbee.Young, 2:1, to become one of twelve teams to compete in the StarLadder iLeague finals, in Minsk, Belarus, in January and second place at WCA 2015.
LGD Gaming roster:
Liu “Sylar” Jiajun
Lu “Maybe” Yao
Bai “rOtk” Fan
Lei “MMY!” Zengrong
Liang “DDC” Faming
Wings Gaming were originally formed in August 2014. Their current member “hdhp-cqc” was part of the original squad. In October 2014, three members left and were not replaced until January. The next few months were riddled with player changes and instability, until April when “super” Su Peng and “InJuly” Yang Xiaodong left Team DK and joined along with “xdd” Liu Silong. The team placed fifth-eigth at the National Electronic Sports Tournament 2014 and won the TI5 Chinese Open Qualifiers.
After TI5, the roster made a 100% turnover and has welcomed all new players. The team has stuck together since then.
They took 4th at WCA 2015 where they demonstrated impressive skill and talent and began to win over fans worldwide. They were the first team to take two games from Team Secret in the group stage of the event and quickly made themselves a name.
Wings Gaming roster:
Zhou “bLink” Yang
Zhang “bian” Ruida
Chu “Shadow” Zeyu
Zhang “Innocence” Yiping
Li “iceice” Peng
On September 3rd, CDEC registered a youth squad for the upcoming Major, under the captain-ship of Lin “June” Shiyang, previously of Newbee and Invictus Gaming.
The team has quickly been becoming a great team with synergy and talent. They recently took second at Dota 2 Radiant & Dire Cup 2015 and ECL 2015 Dota 2 Autumn.
Wang “Ame” Chunyu
He “Inflame” Yongzheng
Lin “June” Shiyang
Wang “Icy” Peng
Xiao “ADD” Zuoyi
Team FanTuan is a team registered by a group of Chinese players to compete in the upcoming Major. Most of the players are veterans in the Chinese scene and are looking to establish a new foothold in the region.
Thus far they have taken seventh at the Dota 2 Radiant & Dire Cup 2015
Team FanTuan roster:
Bu “YaphetS” Yanjun
Zhang “拒绝者” Chengjun
Yang “InJuly” Xiaodong
Gong “ZSMJ” Jian
Liu “waiter” Wei Te
On December 6th Invictus Gaming announced that they havehad signed a new youth squad, called iG Vitality. The team has since been playing in some qualifier matches as well as minor and major local events.
The team was able to take 4th at Dota 2 Radiant & Dire Cup 2015, fifth at ECL 2015 Dota 2 Autumn and eighth at Shanghai Dota 2 Open.
Zhao “qd” Shungeng
Pan “yCyK” Shuaifang
Lin “Xxs” Jing
Ye “BoBoKa” Zhibiao
Chen “Rong” Jingwu