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MDL Macau schedule, format and teams

Getting ready for the next Dota Pro Circuit Minor, taking place on the shores of China.

Out in the southeastern shores of China, some of the top teams in Dota 2 are preparing to face off. This event, the next in the Dota Pro Circuit series, has $300,000 USD at stake as a Minor, plus the additional goodies of 300 Qualifying Points for teams vying to attend TI8.

Each Valve Minor is getting more intense as the top teams begin to establish themselves. LGD.FY took the DPL Top League, a Chinese tournament showcasing many of the top teams in the world (except EHOME, apparently), to earn their spot at this event.

Meanwhile, after underperforming at last weekend’s DreamLeague, Virtus.Pro are looking to spend their direct invite wisely. Natus Vincere has had an exciting return into the top ranks of Dota 2, and VGJ’s North American squad, VGJ.Storm, are seeing their first-ever LAN.

If you’re ready for some beachfront battles, look no further; we’ve got all the details you need to know about this event.

Format

Official English Coverage:

Prizes: The prize pool will be $300,000 USD with 300 Qualifying Points at stake. Point distribution for teams that earn points will be as follows:

  • 1st Place — 150 Qualifying Points/player
  • 2nd Place — 90 QP/Player
  • 3rd Place/4th Place — 10 QP/Player

(Cash distribution is currently not confirmed by the event.)

If you’re still a bit confused about how the Pro Circuit will work, check out our primer about the Valve-sanctioned tournament series.

Competition Format: Teams begin in a round-robin group stage, in which all teams play each other, followed by a playoff bracket.

  1. All teams begin in the group stages and play each other in best-of-one matches.
  2. At the end of the matches, the top four teams proceed to the playoff bracket. The rest are eliminated.
  3. Matches proceed as a best-of-three playoff bracket.

All playoff matches will be played on December 10, local time (Dec 9/10 ET).

Teams:

  • EHOME (China, direct invite)
  • Infamous (South America, qualifier)
  • LGD Gaming (China, direct invite)
  • LGD.Forever Young (China, DPL Top Season winner/qualifier)
  • Natus Vincere (CIS, qualifier)
  • OG (Europe, qualifier)
  • TNC Pro Team (Southeast Asia, qualifier)
  • VGJ.Storm (North America, Qualifier)
  • Virtus Pro (CIS, direct invite)

Schedule:

(Note: Times in ET. Due to the gap in time zones, dates will be listed next to the first match of that date. All times are approximate and will shift depending on prior match length.)

Group Stages Day 1

Due to the simultaneous nature of the matches during group stages, we will group each match by approximate start time.

  • 9:00 PM (Thursday, Dec 7)
    LGD vs LGD.FY
    Infamous vs TNC
  • 10:15 PM
    EHOME vs OG
    Infamous vs TNC
  • 11:30 PM
    LGD.FY vs OG
    EHOME vs Infamous
  • 12:45 AM (Friday, Dec 8)
    LGD vs Na’vi
    TNC vs VGJ.S
  • 2:00 AM
    EHOME vs LGD.FY
    Infamous vs VGJ.S
  • 3:15 AM
    LGD vs VP
    Na’vi vs OG
  • 4:30 AM
    LGD.FY vs Na’vi
    EHOME vs VGJ.S
  • 5:30 AM
    OG vs VP
    LGD vs TNC
  • 7:00 AM
    LGD.FY vs VP
    EHOME vs Na’Vi

Group Stages Day 2

Due to the simultaneous nature of the matches during group stages, we will group each match by approximate start time.

  • 9:00 PM (Friday, Dec 8)
    Infamous vs LGD
    OG vs TNC
  • 10:15 PM
    Na’vi vs VP
    LGD vs VGJ.S
  • 1:30 PM
    LGD.Fy vs TNC
    Infamous vs OG
  • 12:45 AM (Saturday, December 9)
    EHOME vs VP
    Na’vi vs TNC
  • 2:00 AM
    Infamous vs LGD.FY
    OG vs VGJ.S
  • 3:15 AM
    EHOME vs LGD
    TNC vs VP
  • 4:30 AM
    Infamous vs Na’vi
    LGD.FY vs VGJ.S
  • 5:30 AM
    LGD vs OG
    EHOME vs TNC
  • 7:00 AM
    Infamous vs VP
    Na’vi vs VGJ.S

Playoffs (Event Day 3)

[Start time currently unknown, at time of writing.]