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Eight teams for WePlay! Bukovel Minor set

Dota 2 Cristy “Pandoradota2” Ramadani

The eight teams that will compete at WePlay! Bukovel Minor next month have been determined. 

The dust has finally settled from the second wave of DPC 2019-2020 season qualifiers. Those that didn't make the first cut to participate in the DreamLeague Season 13 Leipzig Major continued the battle for a spot in the WePlay! Bukovel Minor and a second chance to seize the last coveted spot for the Major. 

Most of the teams are familiar this season, having already participated in either the Dota Summit 11 Minor or the MDL Chengdu Major. For three teams it will be their first DPC event of the season. Nigma esports finally came back to competitive play after a break following their spectacular TI9 run where they clinched the runner up status. Most fans were disappointed with their return performance. Disjointed, sloppy and sub-par, the team failed to qualify for the Major and then struggled in the playoff brackets for the sole European spot for the Minor. In the grand finals, however, they finally seemed to find their groove and shut down their opponents with ease. Fans will need to wait a bit longer to see which version of the team will show up to play or get shut down next month. 

WePlay! Bukovel Minor Teams

CIS Gambit
CIS Team Spirit
Europe NiP
Europe Nigma esports 
United States Fighting Pandas
China Royal Never Give Up
Malaysia Geek Fam
Brazil FURIA esports

WePlay! Bukovel Minor format

  • Group Stage:
    • Two GSL groups
    • All games are Bo3
    • Top two teams advance to the Playoffs
    • Bottom two teams are eliminated
  • Playoffs:
    • Double elimination bracket
    • All games are Bo3
    • Bo5 Grand Finals

WePlay! Bukovel Minor prize pool and point distribution

Place Prize Pool Points
1 $72,000 140*
2 $60,000 120
3 $54,000 110
4 $42,000 90
5-6 $24,000 60
5-6 $24,000 60
7-8 $12,000 40
7-8 $12,000 40

*Since the minor winner also gets to participate in the major, they will only get points for the event in which they placed better (e.g: If they place last in the major, they will only get 140 points for winning the minor. If they place 8th instead, they'd get the 450 points for the major but not the 140 points from the minor)

WePlay! Bukovel Minor

Between January 9-12th, eight teams determined via qualifiers will battle it out in Bukovel, Ukraine for the lion's share of the $300,000 prize pool and 660 DPC points as well as the highly coveted spot at the DreamLeague Season 13 Leipzig Major taking place in Leipzig, Germany January 18-26th.

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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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