The last Major competition of the DPC 2018-2019 season is all set to take place on the weekend. The CIS region will host some of the best teams in the world to compete for the title and the last DPC points of the year. So, this is the last opportunity for teams to claim a ticket to Shanghai. It will be a good opportunity for teams to prepare for TI9, set to take place in August.
The Epicenter Major is the biggest Dota 2 event for Russia. It will take place in the capital of the country, Moscow, in the CSKA Arena. This is a very familiar place for the organizers, since this is the third time that they have hosted the event here. It holds the capacity to host over 11,000 people, and we can expect a full house, as 16 of the best teams will compete for the lion’s share of the $1 million prize pool. This amount is similar to the all other Major-level tournaments that took place this season.
We are confident that this event will be the most-watched event of the season. It will be the last opportunity for four teams to get direct invitations to TI9. The teams that fail to secure a spot in the top 12 will have to take the long road through regional qualifiers. This will be a difficult task for all teams, as only a single spot from each region will be up for grabs.
The DPC System
The DPC rankings will determine which team will be getting an invite to the world championship of Dota 2. These rankings consist of DPC points, which are granted to the participants of the Majors and Minors. Each team receives points on the basis of their placement in each competition. The 12 teams with the most points get a ticket to TI. The remaining six slots are filled out by the regional qualifiers, from which each region will get just one slot.
The EPICENTER will follow the traditional double elimination format for the playoffs, while the group stage will precede it in round robin format. The most interesting factor at play here is that two teams, the finalists of the StarLadder ImbaTV Minor, have made it to this Major.
Seven teams competing have successfully qualified for the world championships. For them, this competition will be a good warmup for TI9. Meanwhile, other teams have their hopes high to qualify for the prestigious competition. Let’s have a look at the top teams that we believe will be the finalists of the event.
Team Secret – The EU side is unarguably the best team in the world. Secret ranks first after reigning supreme in the majority of the competitions that took place this season.
Virtus Pro – The Russian side is will be competing on the home soil. So they will be favourites for the event. We will have to wait and see if they will be able to live up to the expectations of the fans.