Throughout the Dota Pro Circuit (DPC) Season 2, teams from their respective regions have been fighting for a spot at the final Major ahead of The International 10. The WePlay AniMajor tournament will be played at the WePlay Esports Arena in Kyiv, Ukraine. All 18 Dota 2 teams will be in attendance. However, no spectators will be present due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
The WePlay AniMajor could make or break a team's chances to qualify for The International 10, so it will be extremely exciting to watch. Here's what you need to know about the WePlay AniMajor, from the schedule, teams attending, the format, and much more.
WePlay AniMajor prize pool & DPC points
The WePlay AniMajor will feature a massive $500,000 USD prize pool. More importantly for many pro teams, however, are the 2,700 DPC points up for grabs in their fight to qualify for The International 10.
Prize pool distribution:
- 1st place - $200,000 and 500 DPC points
- 2nd place - $100,000 and 450 DPC points
- 3rd place - $75,000 and 400 DPC points
- 4th place - $50,000 and 350 DPC points
- 5th & 6th place - $25,000 and 300 DPC points each
- 7th & 8th place - $12,500 and 200 DPC points each
There's a whole lot to fight for at the WePlay AniMajor, where some teams will secure their spot at The International 10. This alone makes the tournament a must-watch for all Dota 2 esports fans.
WePlay AniMajor teams and format
The WePlay AniMajor will have three stages of competition since teams qualified via the DPC Season 2 for various parts of the tournament.
Based on their placement in the regional leagues, these teams have either qualified for the playoffs, the group stage, or the Wild Card stage of the tournament.
The playoffs teams for the WePlay AniMajor are:
- Alliance (Western Europe)
- Virtus.pro (Eastern Europe)
- Team Aster (China)
- Quincy Crew (North America)
- T1 (SEA)
- No-Ping esports (South America)
The group stage teams for the WePlay AniMajor are:
- Team Liquid (Western Europe)
- Team Spirit (Eastern Europe)
- Evil Geniuses (North America)
- PSG.LGD (China)
- TNC Predator (SEA)
- beastcoast (South America)
The Wild Card teams for the WePlay AniMajor are:
- Team Secret (Western Europe)
- Team Nigma (Western Europe)
- Vici Gaming (China)
- Invictus Gaming (China)
- Execration (SEA)
- AS Monaco Gambit (Eastern Europe)
Both the Wild Card and Group Stage features a single Round-Robin format with all matches being best-of-two.
In the Playoffs, all matches will be best-of-three, with the exception of the grand finals, which is a best-of-five affair.
WePlay AniMajor schedule
The WePlay AniMajor will run from 2nd to 13th June 2021. From 2nd to 3rd June, the Wild Card stage will take place. This is followed by the Group Stage which runs from 4th to 7th June 2021.
Some of the AniMajor casters (Picture: WePlay)
After the Group Stage, there will be a one-day break, followed by the Playoffs running from 9th to 13th June 2021. The first matches of each day are expected to begin at 13:00 CET, so don't miss out.
How to watch WePlay AniMajor
You can watch all the WePlay AniMajor action live on the official WePlay Dota Twitch channel. There should also be some great highlights to catch up on via the WePlay Dota YouTube channel in case you miss any matches.
We've embedded the Twitch channel below for your viewing convenience.