Chinese Dota 2 trading site VP Game is launching their Pro League featuring only Chinese teams. The selected teams are either top professional teams, or new and upcoming squads, all competing for a piece of the $24,000 prize pool.
Sixteen teams have been invited to participate in either the first phase qualifiers of the VP Game Pro League, or the second phase double elimination brackets. While the qualifiers will showcase the new and younger domestic talent, the second phase will pit four of these teams against the seasoned and experienced professional stars. Only two teams will remain at the end to compete in the LAN finals taking place in Hangzhou, China, at the Tahara Cineplex, on April 19, for the grand prize of approximately $13,000.
VP Game Pro League Format
16 invited teams: 8 of which are invited directly to the playoffs, while the other 8 will play the qualifiers, divided into two groups of four teams each*
Four teams will advance from the qualifiers to join the eight invited teams. The qualifiers begin on April 6.
12 teams will play in the second phase double elimination bracket, beginning on April 12.
Two teams will attend the LAN finals for the best out of five grand finale, on April 19.
*Any ties in the group qualifiers will be decided by a best of one tiebreaker.
VP Game Pro League invited teams
Teams invited to the playoffs:
Teams invited to the qualifiers:
Group A: DK, NewBee.Miracle, ViCiGaming.Potential, Energy Pacemaker
Group B: NewBee.Young, Dream Gaming, TerrorBlade!!, Braveheart
VP Game Pro League prize distrubution
1st – RMB 80,000 (~$3,000)
2nd – RMB 40,000 (~$6,500)
3rd – RMB 30,000 (~$4,900)
Tuning in to the qualifiers will give viewers a chance to watch and spot new talent rising in China, while the second phase should be a great opportunity for the teams to show their worth for The International 5 invites.