Day 1 of MDL Chengdu Major in the bag

Dota 2 Cristy “Pandoradota2” Ramadani

Title image courtesy of TNC

The first day of MDL Chengdu Major is over and the playoff brackets are starting to take shape. 

The first day of MDL Chengdu Major saw both TNC Predator and Invictus Gaming go undefeated. TNC had just won ESL One Hamburg 2019 with a monster of a run through the group stage and playoffs, ending with a thrilling five-game series for the trophy. iG has just come off hot from the Summit Minor where they took the title and last spot at the Major where they dominated the entire event, including a convincing 3:0 sweep in the grand finals. 

Vici Gaming and Team Liquid also secured the top spot of their respective groups and the first seed for the upper brackets in the playoffs. Team Liquid overpowered Evil Geniuses for a thrilling and surprising 2:1 victory over the revamped NA titans for the spot while VG outplayed and outlasted the rising stars of Alliance 2:1. 

A few players have fallen ill but are ready to roll in day 2 with hopes of feeling better enough to see their teams secure upper bracket placements and avoid the brutal best-of-one elimination series in the first round of lower brackets. 

The group stage ends today finalizing all of the playoff brackets. No teams will be eliminated. 

MDL Chengdu Major Teams

Sweden Alliance
Europe Team Liquid
China Vici Gaming
China Team Aster
CIS Gambit
CIS Team Spirit
Malaysia Fnatic
Philippines TNC Predator
Philippines Team Adroit
United States  Evil Geniuses
United States Fighting Pandas
United States J.Storm 
Peru beastcoast
Peru Team Unknown
China Invictus Gaming

MDL Chengdu Major Groups

MDL Chengdu Major Format

Phase 1:
4 Bo3 GSL groups of 4
Top 2 teams per group advance to upper bracket
Bottom 2 teams per group advance to lower brackets

Phase 2:
16 team Double Elimination with 8 starting in Lower Bracket
Bo1 matches for 1st round of the lower bracket
Bo5 finals
Bo3 every other game

MDL Chengdu Major prize pool and point distribution

Place Prize pool Points
1 $300,000 4850
2 $160,000 3000
3 $110,000 2100
4 $80,000 1350
5-6 $60,000 900
5-6 $60,000 900
7-8 $40,000 450
7-8 $40,000 450
9-12 $20,000 150
9-12 $20,000 150
9-12 $20,000 150
9-12 $20,000 150
13-16 $12,500 100
13-16 $12,500 100
13-16 $12,500 100
13-16 $12,500 100

MDL Chengdu Major

MDL is holding it's 10th iteration of events in Chengdu, Sichuan on November 16-24th. This is the first Major of the season for teams on the road to TI2020. Sixteen teams —15 teams determined via qualifiers and the lucky winner of the BTS Dota Summit Minor —are batteling it out for the lion's share of the $1,000,00,000 prize pool and 15,000 DPC points.



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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


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