The fifth and final Major of the second Dota 2 Pro Circuit (DPC) season will be EPICENTER Major. The LAN portion will be held in Moscow, Russia from June 22-30, where sixteen teams will compete for $1,000,000 USD in prize money and 15,000 DPC points.
Closed Qualifiers for the EPICENTER Major will be held from May 15-19. Fifteen of the sixteen spots will be available, with three assigned to each of Europe, CIS and China, and two going to Southeast Asia, North America and South America. The winner of the preceding Minor, the StarLadder Ukraine Minor, will be given the sixteenth spot.
The LAN finals will begin with a group stage from June 22-23, seeded teams into the double-elimination playoff bracket. From June 28-30, the tournament can be watched live in the CSKA Arena. The tournament organizers, Epic Esports Events, are debuting a new stage set-up that will all viewers to watch from all sides of the arena for the first time in EPICENTER history. Previous EPICENTER tournaments have involved impressive set dressing so expectations should be high.
The EPICENTER Major is the final DPC event to be announced this season. It will be the third Major in a row and fifth DPC event in a row to be held in continental Europe. The last two events of the season are both in the CIS region, while the previous three were in Europe. With The International 9 hosted by China this year, it’s not surprising that region didn’t receive a second Major. However, North America will have hosted zero DPC events this year, as did South America, and Southeast Asia has only hosted one tournament, the Kuala Lumpur Major in November 2018.
Many of the top twelve teams in the DPC rankings will be determined before June. Already, before the third Major is complete, we have two teams who have secured their invitations to the International 2019. However, there is likely to be a battle for the final slots, making this final Major a must-watch event. With EPICENTER’s track record of quality tournaments, viewers should not be disappointed.