The ESL One Berlin Major 2023, the second Dota 2 Major of the 2023 Dota Pro Circuit (DPC) season, is almost upon us.
From 26 April to 7 May, 18 of the best-performing teams in the DPC fighting for their cut of the US$500,000 in prize money as well as 2,700 DPC points.
The stakes are only getting higher as the DPC season progresses, with more DPC points up for grabs in Berlin that will go towards securing all-important direct invites to this year's iteration of The International (TI), Dota 2's annual multimillion-dollar world championship tournament.
Here's everything you need to know about the Berlin Major:
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The Berlin Major will be split into two stages. The first is the Group Stage and the second is the Playoffs.
The Berlin Major Group Stage will see the 18 participating teams split into two groups of nine teams each. They will then compete in a single round-robin featuring best-of-two matches to determine which teams will advance to the Playoffs.
Six out of the nine teams in each group will earn Playoff spots. The Top 4 teams of each group will advance to the upper bracket while the fifth and sixth-placed teams will have to start from the lower bracket.
Meanwhile, the bottom three teams in each group will be eliminated early.
The Berlin Major Playoffs will follow a double-elimination format. All Playoff matches will be a best-of-three except for the Grand Finals, which will be a full best-of-five series.
The teams competing in the Berlin Major are comprised of the best-performing teams from the DPC's six regional leagues in Western Europe, Eastern Europe, China, Southeast Asia, North America, and South America.
Four teams each will be coming from Western Europe and China, three squads each will be from Eastern Europe and Southeast Asia, while two representatives each hail from North America and South America.
Western Europe: Team Liquid, Tundra Esports, Gaimin Gladiators, OG
Eastern Europe: ex-HellRaisers, Team Spirit, BetBoom Team
China: Xtreme Gaming, PSG.LGD, Invictus Gaming, Team Aster
Southeast Asia: Talon Esports, Execration, Team SMG
North America: TSM, Shopify Rebellion
South America: Beastcoast, Evil Geniuses
The Berlin Major will have a prize pool of US$500,000 and 2,700 DPC points.
While the prize money is nothing to scoff at, what the teams are really after are the DPC points that will be needed to earn direct invites to this year's TI. However, only the Top 8 teams in the Berlin Major will receive prize money and DPC points.
Here's a breakdown of how much each team can earn for finishing in the Top 8 of the Berlin Major:
Champions: US$200,000 and 500 DPC points
2nd place: US$100,000 and 450 DPC points
3rd place: US$75,000 and 400 DPC points
4th place: US$50,000 and 350 DPC points
5th-6th place: US$25,000 and 300 DPC points
7th-8th place: US$12,500 and 200 DPC points
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