One of the largest and most significant Dota 2 events is coming this winter! The long-awaited LAN-finals of Tug of War will be held in the newly built WePlay! Arena.
Bukovel Minor is done, and it’s time for a new adventure! WePlay!’s Mad Moon tournament begins in just three days from now.
Although it’s not in the DPC, this tournament will still have a $300K USD prize pool, which is the same as a Minor. This is going to be the perfect “hype tool” before the third Major begins. Meet the Mad Moon —the final part of the original WePlay! trilogy Tug of War. WePlay! Tug of War: Mad Moon is a tournament where eight teams will fight for a total prize pool of $300,000. The tournament will be hosted in the Concert Hall VDNG in Kyiv, Ukraine from February 19th to February 23rd. The champions of Radiant, Dire Asia, Dire America and Reshuffle Madness are joined by four invited teams.
Eight teams will be placed in 2 groups where 3 teams from each group will advance on as matches will be played in GLS format. Playoffs will feature double elimination BO3 bracket, but grand finals will be played in best of 5 format. In this Dota 2 tournament we will watch a pretty unusual mix of Dota 2 teams. From one of the best teams in the world right now, Team Secret, to some of the lesser known teams and squads like Aggressive Mode and Infamous.
WePlay! Tug of War: Mad Moon participants are:
Team Secret, Gambit Esports, Team Nigma and Virtus.Pro are teams who are directly invited to this Dota 2 tournament, while Ninjas in Pyjamas and Infamous came out of the qualifiers.
Let’s break down the groups and opening matches:
Royal Never Give Up were supposed to attend the $300,000 WePlay! Tug of War: Mad Moon tournament next week in Kyiv, Ukraine as they were Asian qualifier winners. But with the Chinese qualifiers for the third Minor and Major getting delayed, the new schedule did prevent them from keeping their spot in the event. Unfortunately, RNG is the second team to pull out of the tournament after Na’Vi announced having done the same earlier this week. While Aggressive Mode took Na’Vi’s slot, RNG was replaced by B8, Danil “Dendi” Ishutin’s new team. Let’s remember that NaVi were Reshuffle Madness 2019 winners and they qualified for the WePlay! Dota 2 Tug of War: Mad Moon through that tournament.
Team Secret and Gambit are for sure favourites to take group A, while I think in group B the situation is a little bit different. Nigma, Virtus.Pro and NiP will fight for top 2 spots, even though I think Nigma and Virtus.Pro are heavily favoured. Regarding my tournament winner predictions I think the situation here is pretty clear. Team Secret are coming into this tournament as last Dota 2 Major winners, and they are the strongest team here and the biggest favourite. If I need to make a prediction about the underdog, I think Virtus.Pro are the one. They really have potential to surprise us in this and upcoming tournaments. Even though the current team is just a mere shadow of their performance prior to TI 9, it seems that they are slowly but steadily coming back in form. The most recent LA Major qualifiers have helped to confirm this. As you know, VP lost only one series in the entire closed qualifier.