The organizers of StarLadder i-League Season 3 announced new details of the tournament of
Dota 2 SL i-League Season 3 is scheduled on February 23 – 26. The event will take place in Shanghai, China. Traditionally, the tournament will start with the group stage.
It should be mentioned that StarLadder decided to held LAN-finals in a new format. The group stage will be played in GSL format. In the first round, the organizers randomly seeded participants into pairs. After the first games, the teams will move to the Double Elimination bracket to determine 2 best teams in each group. These teams will pass to the play-off stage. The format of all matches of the group stage is best-of-three (bo3).
The organizers decided to introduce the play-off stage to Single Elimination bracket starting from the semifinals. The format of play-off matches of semifinals is best-of-three (bo3) and format of Grand Final match is best-of-five (bo5).
The participants of the event were seeded into groups in the following way: