StarLadder ImbaTV Dota 2 Minor

The general information

Eight teams from all over the world will gather in Kiev, the capital of Ukraine to divide the general prize in the sum of $300,000 and 500 Dota Pro Circuit points. The tournament will be held on March 7-10 and Kiev Esports Arena has been chosen as a venue.

The format

The Minor championship will be hosted in two stages: the group stage and the playoffs. At the first of them, eight participants will be divided into two groups with four teams in each where they will play by the GSL system. The top two teams will be determined on the outcome of all matches, which will continue their participation in the championship at the next stage, while two worst participants of each group will be eliminated from the competition.

Four successfully-performed teams will fight at the playoffs in a Single Elimination bracket. The semi-final matches will be carried out in a bo3 format, while the final match will be hosted in a bo5 format.

Participants of the tournament

All teams have been determined with a help of qualifiers. None of the participants has received a direct invite. Spots were up for grabs in six divisions: North America, South America, Europe, CIS, Southeast Asia, and China. Two spots were up for grabs in the CIS region and China. This is due to the organizers of the tournament, StarLadder and ImbaTV are located in Ukraine and China. OG has managed to become the best in the European qualification, Gambit Esports and Old but Gold have succeeded in the qualifying round in CIS, Flying Penguin and Team Odd have received their invitations due to successful performance in North and South America, respectively. BOOM ID has played the best in the Southeast Asian qualification, Royal Never Give Up and Vici Gaming have prevailed over everyone in the Chinese qualifying round.

The prize pool

The general prize pool of the tournament amounts $300,000. 500 DPC points will be up for grabs because the tournament is part of the Dota Pro Circuit series. Having been eliminated the first, teams to finish their participation at the tournament on the 7th-8th place will receive consolation prizes in the sum of $7,500. Teams to place 3rd in their groups will become the owners of more solid rewards: the 5th-6th places will earn $15,000. Teams to hold the 3rd-4th place in the general standings will receive a money prize in the sum of $35,000 and $25,000, respectively. The vice-champion will earn $70,000 and the winner of the competition will become the owner of the main reward in the sum of $125,000, 120 DPC points and a direct invitation to the last Major tournament of the season 2018/2019, DreamLeague Season 11.