Old rivals set to go toe to toe; groups drawn for DAC 2018 Major

Dota 2 Cristy “Pandoradota2” Ramadani

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The groups have been drawn for DAC 2018 Major, separating the 16 participating teams into two groups of eight and setting the stage for some fierce matches. 

Set to begin in only two days time, the competitive picture is starting to come into focus. The TI7 champions —Team Liquid and runner-up team —Newbee are set to square off against each other in Group A. DPC frontrunners and only confirmed TI8 team —Virtus.pro and DreamLeague Season 9 winners —Team Secret will battle in Group B. 

Sixteen teams will compete in the DAC 2018 Major at the Oriental Sports Center in Shanghai, China from March 29 to the 7th of April with the $1,000,000 prize pool and a total of 1500 TI8 qualifying points up for grabs. The group stage will take place from the 29th until April 3rd, followed immediately by the Main Event taking place from the 4th through the 7th.

DAC 2018 Major Format:

  • Group Stage

    • Sixteen teams play in a Bo1 round robin.

    • Top two teams from each group advance to the Playoffs of Main Event.

    • Bottom two teams from each group eliminated.

  • Main Event

    • Breakout

      • 8 teams: 3rd - 6th place teams from each group

      • one-round Bo3 single-elimination bracket.

      • 4 winners advance, losers are eliminated.

    • Playoffs

      • 8 teams: 4 winners of the Breakout and the Top 4 winners from Group Stage

      • Double-elimination bracket.

      • The first two rounds of the Lower bracket are Bo1, while the Grand Finals are Bo5. Others are Bo3.

DAC 2018 Major participating teams:

China Invictus Gaming (direct invite)
Europe Team Liquid (direct invite)
China Newbee (direct invite)
China Vici Gaming (direct invite)
CIS Virtus.pro (direct invite)
Europe Team Secret (direct invite)
South East Asia Mineski (SEA Qualifier)
South East Asia TnC (SEA Qualifier)
China Keen Gaming (Chinese Qualifier)
China LGD Gaming (Chinese Qualifier)
China VGJ.Thunder (Chinese Qualifier)
Europe OG (European Qualifier)
CIS Effect Gaming (CIS Qualifier)
United States Evil Geniuses (North American Qualifier)
United States OpTic Gaming (North American Qualifier)
Brazil paiN Gaming (South American Qualifeir)


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Cristy “Pandoradota2” Ramadani
Pandora is a behind the scenes Dota 2 professional Jack of All Trades. When not busy with Dota 2 work, she is out trying to save the world or baking cupcakes. Follow her on Twitter @pandoradota2


  • James "Yared" A ,
    Another chance for SEA teams to step up. This DAC Shanghai Major with PGL seems good. #GetHyped
  • Steve "XsteveJ" Mott ,
    It's always somewhat tempting to say the group with Liquid is the tougher group (especially when Newbee is there too) but Group B is a real challenge... Secret looked untouchable at Dream League, Virtus Pro have been unbeatable with RodjER, VG Thunder and EG are two teams that are starting to figure things out... It's going to be a great tournament.
  • Gabz "GJ_Minami" justine ,
    Can somebody please explain to me how the format in the playoff? Is the format gonna be similar with bucharest major or the team will fight each other in the group and the team with the highest point will advance?please clarify. Tqvm
    • Cristy "Pandoradota2" Ramadani ,
      last 2 teams in each group are eliminated in groupstage (4 total). Top 2 teams in each group will advance to the upper bracket R1 (4 teams) the other 8 teams will all play in the 'breakout' round of the main event. 4 teams will be eliminated in the breakout round. 4 teams will advance to the upper bracket R1 to meet the other 4 (8 teams total) then it starts with double elimination brackets.
  • Gabz "GJ_Minami" justine ,
    Ooo..thanks a lot for the clarification. Is there gonna be 1 vs 7 matmatch up for this tournament similar to TI7 playoffs where the tram play and collect point what so ever or it gonna be winner vs winner and loser vs loser similar to the bucharest major?
    • Rexonial "Dancingwar" Bebb ,
      Bo1 usually means that the teams will play against all the other teams in the group to determine the top seed. so 1 vs 7
  • fuck "pinoyshit" pinoy ,
    no mineski and tnc on participating teams list. the hate on SEA teams is real


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