Have you been paying attention to the Dota 2 Pro Circuit (DPC)? We hope so because the WePlay AniMajor DPC group stages have just concluded. Needless to say, the heat is on as teams settle the score (quite literally, in fact) in what is the final major, ahead of The International 10 starting in August this year.
The playoff stage begins today and features 12 qualifying teams, who will play best-of-three matches in a double-elimination bracket. The Grand Finals is a best-of-5 and the winning team will go home with the lion's share of a $500,000 USD prize pool.
Teams at the WePlay AniMajor playoffs
Initially, there were 18 teams that qualified for the Major, with only 12 qualifying teams remaining.
Group Stage is over! We have now all qualified teams that will compete in the Playoffs! 🏆🏆— WePlay Esports @ AniMajor (@WePlay_Esports) June 7, 2021
Who do you think will become a legend? Their road to victory will start on June 9th, you can't miss it!#WePlayAniMajor#AniMajorpic.twitter.com/rwYiHUGXHn
The teams competing in the upper bracket of the playoffs include:
- Team Nigma
- Team Aster
- Quincy Crew
- NoPing e-sports
The lower bracket will comprise teams:
- Vici Gaming
- Team Spirit
- TNC Predator
- Evil Geniuses
The seeding for the playoffs bracket is indicated below and was based on DPC points and DPC Season 2 game difference, game and match wins.
(Picture: WePlay / Twitter)
What is the WePlay AniMajor playoffs schedule?
The playoffs bracket will run from 9th June until 13th June 2021. The matches start at 11:00 CEST, with the final match starting at 20:00 CEST. You can see the schedule for today in the image below.
(Picture: WePlay / Twitter)
The lower bracket final and grand final matches (on 13th June 2021) will start at 15:00 and 19:00 CES, respectively.
How to watch WePlay AniMajor playoffs
All of the action will be broadcast on the official WePlay Dota Twitch channel. We’re sure you’ll also be able to catch the games casted on Twitch by other users too. Otherwise, you can watch the games from within the Dota 2 game client itself.
WePlay also has a YouTube channel, which should feature some highlights from the games, if you happen to miss any of them.
To get a glimpse of what to expect, you can watch the highlights of the epic match between Team Liquid vs Evil Geniuses.
Why is the WePlay Animajor such a big deal?
The matches up to this point have been a real banger. Teams have demonstrated exceptional gameplay and it is clear that the competition is fierce. But what gives? What’s the big deal anyway?
Well, the current Major awards a total of 2700 DPC points, which determines overall standings in the DPC table. Of course, this is a huge deal for teams wanting to secure a direct invitation to the most prestigious Dota 2 event of the year, The International 10; and not to mention their share of that USD 40 million prize pool, no doubt.
For many teams, this may be their last chance at securing a spot and proving themselves worthy of placement at the prestigious event. This also means that the competition is particularly fierce, which also encourages some great Dota (so yay for us viewers).