MDL Chengdu will run from November 16-24 under Valve's new DPC rules, with prize pool and DPC points following a slightly different distribution structure. The prize pool is set at $1,000,000 whilst there are also 15,000 DPC points on offer, giving the winner a solid lead in their hopes of qualifying for The International 10 in 2020.
Many big teams have already confirmed that they will be skipping the first Major of the season, which means we may yet see a new set of faces and teams competing at the top level, and this could be hugely important when it comes to The International 10 qualification, giving certain players an opportunity they may not have if the world's best teams were fighting for the same spot.
Earlier this year, MDL hosted events in Macau and Disneyland Paris, with the Chengdu tournament set to be the tenth edition of MDL. Regional qualifiers will be hosted from October 5-10, with the teams taking part set to be announced shortly after the end of registration on September 28.