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Dark Moon Rising: WePlay! Dota 2 Tug of War: Mad Moon Preview

Michael Hassall  | 
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WePlay! Dota 2 Tug of War: Mad Moon begins next week, and the bracket looks stacked. (Photo courtesy WePlay!)

There’s over three weeks until the next Dota Pro Circuit begins but don’t worry about missing out on high-level competition! The WePlay! Dota 2 Tug of War: Mad Moon kicks off next week! Starting Wednesday, February 19th, in the Concert Hall VDNG in Kyiv, Ukraine, eight top teams will compete for a share of $300,000 dollars in a truly stacked affair.

The event brings together the winners of four of WePlay!’s previous events, the WePlay! Dota 2 Tug of War: Radiant, Dire Asia, and Dire America, as well as WePlay! Reshuffle Madness 2019. With these four champions, Ninjas in Pyjamas, Royal Never Give Up, Infamous, and Natus Vincere respectively, meeting up with a the directly invited Team Secret, Gambit Esports, and Nigma, the event is set to be incredibly competitive.

While the individual players in some of those championship entrants are completely different to the stacks which won the initial tournament, this is still a hype event. Especially with Nigma and Team Secret, and an eighth direct invite still to be revealed.

On top of the $300,000 prize pool, a series of $10,000 bounties are also being made available to the Best Core, Best Support, and “The Other” in the event. These additions make this a tournament with more to play for than just victory.

The event marks WePlay!’s return to hosting professional Dota 2 after the wildly successful WePlay! Bukovel Minor. Stepping back from DPC events to host the culmination of their previous series of Tug of War tournaments, WePlay! looks to impress once again. In Bukovel, the unique themes, venue, and atmosphere created a tournament experience that’s received universal praise. With it’s haunting, moonlit logo, and nighttime city background, expectations for Tug of War: Mad Moon are very high.

The event will run from February 19th until the 23rd, with two GSL-style group stages, with the bottom team in each group eliminated. Playoffs are double elimination best-of-threes, with a best-of-five finals. The winner will take home $130,000, and be crowned the Tug of War champion.

You can tune into WePlay! Dota 2 Tug of War: Mad Moon on either WePlay!’s Russian or English Twitch streams from next week.

Michael Hassall
Michael Hassall
Michael is a Brit-based esports generalist and timezone traveler. He spends his free time polishing his collection of fighting game tournament participation trophies.