The four groups for the Kuala Lumpur Major – the first Dota 2 major of the season – have been drawn and announced. The 16 teams have been separated into four groups which look like this:
— PGL (@pglesports) November 7, 2018
For the uninitiated, these groups are fairly balanced with no specific quartet earning the distinction as a “group of death.” That being said, Group A is the one to keep an eye on with all four teams looking like they could take the top spot in the group.
How The Group Stage Works:
The group stages are fairly straight-forward for fans to understand. The four teams in each group will play against one another in a best-of-three series. The top two teams in each group will move forward to the winner’s bracket while the two bottom teams will be moved into the loser’s bracket.
Group A and Group B will play all of their games on November 9 while Group C and Group D will compete on November 10.
No eliminations will occur until the playoffs begin.
How Did the Group Draw Work?
The 16 teams were all seeded between one and four by the Professional Gamers’ League (PGL). The third and fourth seeds were the third-place qualifiers for Europe, North America and China plus the Tigers – who won the minor to earn a spot in the event.
The number one seeding was a little more subjective – with the top qualifiers from China, Europe, North America and CIS getting No.1 seeds over the top qualifiers from Southeast Asia and South America.
The draw then split the four seeds of each corresponding number (all the No.1 seeds, all the No.2 seeds and so on), into separate groups.
What is on The Line in Kuala Lumpur
The 16 teams will be fighting over their share of the $1 million prize pool with the winners also receiving 15,000 DPC points. These points are used to determine who will comprise the field at The International, which happens at the end of the season.