Coming Soon: The Bucharest Minor 2019

Photo courtesy of OG via Twitter

The Dota 2 Pro Circuit kicks off 2019 with the Bucharest Minor, January 9-13. There will be eight teams competing for 500 Circuit points, $300,000 USD and an invitation to the Chongqing Major.

While there have been several tournaments over the last few weeks to keep Dota 2 fans entertained, nothing really compares to a Dota 2 Pro Circuit (DPC) event. If nothing else, each DPC event is another step toward The International 9, which is every professional player’s goal.

None of the Bucharest Minor teams have been sitting back and relaxing since qualifying for this tournament. They’re all hungry for wins, ready to compete at the Bucharest Minor and advance to the Chongqing Major. Only two of the eight teams have competed at a DPC event previously this season: Ninjas in Pyjamas (NiP) and Gambit Esports. NiP has been inconsistent over the last few weeks, struggling during the EPULZE Winter Masters and dropping to Gambit at the WePlay! Winter Madness tournament. Gambit won the latter event with two players on “loan”: Artiom “fng” Barschak and Alexander “Immersion” Hmelevskoy. Can Gambit carry that momentum forward to the Minor?

The Bucharest Minor features a group stage in which two groups will play a GSL-style bracket to determine seeding for the Playoffs. The bottom two teams in each group will go directly into the lower bracket of the Playoffs’ double elimination bracket, while the top two teams will go into the upper. All series will be best-of-threes until the Grand Finals which will be a best-of-five.

Group Stage Info

The groups were drawn this morning (January 8).

Chelsea “Daeja” Jack

I love talking about esports and books. I think compassion and curiosity are really important and that a balance between serious and silly keeps life interesting. You can follow me on Twitter @writingdaeja

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