Shanghai Major Groups have been released, giving fans and teams the first glimpse into the battle grounds for the Winter Major set to start next week. The sixteen teams have been divided into four groups of four in preparation of the GSL group stage format. The release of the groups give teams one week to prepare their strategies and scouting reports to gain the best advantage in order to ensure a upper bracket placement going into the main event. Group Stage is set to take place February 25-28th.
Shanghai Group Stage Brackets are now available inside the client
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The release of the Shanghai Major Groups signals the quick approach of the highly anticipated Winter Major.
As part of the groups announcement, the Shanghai Major Compendium portion of the Battle Pass is now active, complete with brackets, profiles and an interactive prediction component.
With the first matches of the Shanghai Major event drawing near, the Shanghai Major Compendium features are now active. Along with the addition of Group Stage Brackets and Team Profile information, you now have more chances to earn Battle Points by correctly making Hero, Team, Player, and Tournament Predictions riding upon the outcomes of the matches in Shanghai. Check out the finalized brackets and lock in your predictions prior to the start of Group Stage play to use your skills of premonition to push your Battle Pass to the next level.
The Shanghai Majors will started with a closed group stage scheduled between February 25-28th. It will then progress to the open main event set to take place at the Mercedes-Benz Arena in Shanghai, China March 2nd-6th.
Shanghai Major Groups schedule
- The Shanghai Major group stage will take place over the course of four days, between February 25-28th. Played in a classic GSL format, the group stage will determine the Upper and Lower Bracket seeding of the teams for the double-elimination main event. Just like in TI5’s case, no public access will be permitted during the Shanghai Major group stage.
Shanghai Major Groups
- CDEC Gaming
- Team Secret
- Team Spirit
- ViCi Gaming
- LGD Gaming
- Team Archon
- compLexity Gaming
- Evil Geniuses
- Team Liquid
Shanghai Major Groups format
- The Shanghai Major group stage will be played in a classic GSL format.
- The 16 participating teams will be split up into four groups of four.
In each group, the teams will play a total of five best-of-three matches, as shown below:
Match #1: Team A vs. Team B
Match #2: Team C vs. Team D
Winners’ match (WM): Winner of Match #1 vs. winner of Match #2 – winner advances to the Upper Bracket
Losers’ match (EM): Loser of Match #1 vs. loser of Match #2 – loser drops to the Lower Bracket
Decider match: Loser of WM vs. winner of EM – winner advances to the Upper Bracket and loser drops to Lower Bracket
- The group stage will determine the seeding for the Shanghai Major main event.
- Eight teams will be seeded into the main event Upper Brackets, while the remaining eight will start the main event in the Lower Brackets.
- No teams will be eliminated in the group stage.
Shanghai Major schedule: Main event
- The Shanghai Major main event will take place from March 2 through March 6th, at the Mercedes-Benz Arena in Shanghai China. More specific details about the daily Shanghai Major schedule will be made available
The Shanghai Major finals will take place on Sunday, March 6th.
Shanghai Major Main event format
- Sixteen teams will play a double-elimination bracket.
- Eight teams (top two teams of each of the four groups) will start the main event in the Upper Bracket.
- Eight teams (bottom two teams of each of the four groups) will start the main event in the Lower Bracket.
- All the Upper Bracket match-ups will be best-of-three series.
- The first round of the Lower Bracket matches will be best-of-one elimination series. The following rounds will be best-of-three elimination series.
- The Grand Finals will be best-of-five series, with no winners’ advantage.
Shanghai Major participating teams
Shanghai Major prize pool distribution
- First place – $1,110,000
- Second place – $405,000
- Third place – $315,000
- Fourth place – $255,000
- Fifth/sixth place – $202,000
- Seventh/eighth place – $105,000
- Ninth-twelfth place – $45,000
- Thirteenth-sixteenth place – $30,000
Shanghai Major tickets
Unlike for the Frankfurt Major, in which tickets to the main event were open to the public and did not require a ticket for any day except for the day of the finals, the Shanghai Major will be charging admission for all of the main event days.
A variety of tickets were made available ranging from single day purchases starting at $15 (¥99) to VIP seats with access to all days and a gift package for $150 (¥999).
The second Dota 2 Major will be held in Shanghai, China, at the Mercedes-Benz Arena. The arena is an indoor arena located on the former grounds of Expo 2010 in Pudong, Shanghai, China, with a seating capacity for 18,000 people. The total prize-pool of $3,000,000 is a fixed amount and Perfect World will be in charge of production.
Information on guest services, location and transportation to Mercedes-Benz Arena have been provided by Perfect World.