It’s time for the second Dota 2 Major of the season. After ONE Esports Singapore Major in late March, early April, now it’s time for the WePlay AniMajor.
WePlay AniMajor is the second major of the 2021 Dota Pro Circuit season. It will be played online in Kyiv at WePlay Esports Arena from June 2nd to June 13th. Same like last Major, AniMajor will feature 18 Dota 2 teams and it will be played in 3 stages: Wild Card, Group Stage and Playoffs. This is a tier 1 Dota event and it’s a big part of the DPC season. Featuring a $500,000 prize pool and 2700 Pro Circuit Points, it’s a very important tournament for teams that are still haunting The International spots this year.
Tournament will feature 18 teams - four teams each from Western Europe and China, three teams each from SEA and Eastern Europe, and two teams each from North and South America.
Wild card stage will be played from June 2nd to June 3rd, with all matches being best of 2. Six teams will fight in a single round robin. Top two teams will advance to the group stage, while other teams will be eliminated.
Here is the list of Wild Card teams:
Competition in this wild card is pretty though. I would say AS Monaco does not have a chance here, because of their last minute lineup change, so they are out. Execration is an outsider here too. Vici and Invictus are pretty strong contenders here, as China is a pretty strong region this year too. Secret will need to do their best to get close to Vici and Invictus. Those would be my top 3 picks to fight for the top 2 spots that lead to the next stage. Hard competition overall.
Group stage of AniMajor will be played from June 4th to June 7th. Eight teams will play a single round-robin, with all matches being best of 2. Top two teams will advance to the upper bracket of the playoffs, while 3rd to 6th place teams will advance to the lower bracket of the playoffs. All other teams will be eliminated.
Here is the list of Group Stage teams:
From the teams listed above, I would say that PSG.LGD is a pretty strong contender here for top 2. With that, my top picks would be Team Liquid and Evil Geniuses, as teams that can make a difference and fight for the top. Of course, two teams are unknown yet, so it’s hard to speak in detail about final rankings and predictions.
Playoffs of the Animajor will be played from June 9th to June 13th. Teams will need to fight throughout the double elimination bracket with best of 3 matches, while grand finals are expected to be a best of 5 series, which is standard nowadays. Winner of AniMajor playoffs, will be crowned as AniMajor champion and will take home $200,000 cheque and 500 DPC points.
Here is the list of Playoffs team (current teams):
Teams will have a very hard task to get through this very demanding bracket. Aster is in pretty good form and from those teams above I do think Alliance is the only team that can parry them. It will be interesting to see which 6 of the teams will join already existing teams on this list in the playoffs. Overall, if PGS.LGD, Vici Gaming or Invictus Gaming manage to come to the playoffs, those are surely the internal circle of the favourites, together with Aster. I think this season Chinese teams are very strong, and while Secret was in pretty bad form last month, this may be the chance for Chinese teams to overtake the throne again.