What We Know So Far About the Upcoming Bucharest Major
The Bucharest Major will be the 14th LAN event of the Dota Pro Circuit and the 5th Major of the season, having a prize pool of 1 million dollars and awarding participating teams with 1500 qualifying points. It is organized by PGL and its main sponsors are Telekom and HyperX.
Location and date
As the name suggests, the tournament will be held in Bucharest, Romania’s capital city (located in Eastern Europe) and will have 2 stages. The Group Stage will take place between March 4 and March 7, while the Playoffs are scheduled for March 9-11. The second stage of the competition will be held in Bucharest’s Polyvalent Hall, which has a seating capacity of 5300.
PGL decided to offer 10 direct invites for The Bucharest Major, leaving just 6 spots available for the competition’s regional qualifiers. The 10 teams which received these direct invites are the following:
- Team Liquid: winners of The International 2017, StarLadder i-League Invitational Season 3, AMD SAPPHIRE Dota PIT League, and Midas Mode Europe. Finalists at DreamLeague Season 8, 3rd-4th place at ESL One Hamburg 2017 and currently sitting at number 2 in the Dota Pro Circuit rankings. No doubt, Team Liquid fully deserved this direct invite.
- Newbee: Finalists at The International 2017, 1st place at Perfect World Masters, 3rd place at AMD SAPPHIRE Dota PIT League, 2nd place at DPL Season 4 Top, and 3rd-4th place at ESL One Hamburg 2017. Currently occupying the 4th position in the Dota Pro Circuit rankings.
- Evil Geniuses: 3rd-4th place at PGL Open Bucharest and 3rd place at DreamLeague Season 8. So far, their performances this season have been average, but they are still sitting at number 5 in the Dota Pro Circuit rankings. And with so many direct invites, it’s only natural that Evil Geniuses got one as well.
- Natus Vincere: 1st place at Adrenaline Cyber League, 2nd place at Midas Mode Europe, 4th place at DreamLeague Season 8 and 3rd-4th place at MDL Macau. Na’Vi are currently sitting at number 9 in the Dota Pro Circuit rankings, with 315 points.
- Mineski: winners of the previous Dota 2 tournament organized in Bucharest at the beginning of this season, namely PGL Open Bucharest. They also took 2nd place at StarLadder i-League Invitational Season 3. At the moment, they are sitting at number 6 in the Dota Pro Circuit rankings.
- CompLexity Gaming: their only notable achievement this season has been a 3rd-4th place at StarLadder i-League Invitational Season 3. CompLexity Gaming are currently sitting at number 13 in the Dota Pro Circuit rankings, so the fact that they received a direct invite to The Bucharest Major is pretty surprising. Especially when you consider that teams with better results, such as OG, Fnatic and TNC Pro Team, didn’t.
- Vici Gaming: 2nd place at Perfect World Masters and AMD SAPPHIRE Dota PIT League. Currently sitting at number 7 in the Dota Pro Circuit rankings.
- LGD Forever Young: 3rd place at The International 2017, 1st place at DPL Season 4 Top and 3rd place at Perfect World Masters. Like CompLexity Gaming, they are currently sitting at number 13 in the Dota Pro Circuit rankings, so their direct invite is somewhat questionable.
- Virtus.pro: champions of ESL One Hamburg 2017 and DOTA Summit 8, Virtus.pro are one of the best teams in the world at the moment, currently sitting at number 2 in the Dota Pro Circuit rankings.
- Team Secret: with a 2nd place and a 1st place finish at the first 2 Majors of the season, Team Secret are the number one team in the world right now, both in terms of competitive form and qualifying points in the Dota Pro Circuit rankings.
Each of the 6 Dota 2 regions will receive one of the remaining 6 spots at The Bucharest Major. Between January 8 and January 9, open qualifiers will be held in Europe, CIS, North America, South America and Southeast Asia, followed by regional qualifiers just a few days later, between January 10 and January 14. For China, the open and regional qualifiers will take place between January 2 and January 7.
To learn more about The Bucharest Major, you can visit the tournament’s official website here.