Dota 2’s big event for December starts today – the time has come for the Megafon Winter Clash.
The tournament will feature six of the best teams worldwide. Five of them received a direct invitation – Team Liquid, Team Secret, Virtus.pro, PSG.LGD and Forward Gaming. FG even withdrew from the now canceled DOTA Summit 10 in order to make it to Moscow, as the two events nearly overlapped in dates. The only team that made it through the qualifiers were Natus Vincere as they defeated Vega Squadron, Ninjas in Pyjamas and NoPangolier along the way.
The format of the event will split the six teams into two groups. The top teams from each group will face each other and await one final opponent in the grand finals. Everyone else will have to make their way from the lower bracket. All matches will be played in a best-of-three format, except the grand finals which are set to be best-of-five. The prize pool for a three-day event is also quite nice, sitting at $300,000, equal to that of a Minor Dota Pro Circuit tournament.
Don’t miss the official stream on Epicenter’s Twitch channel as the opening matches will be between Na`Vi versus Team Secret and Team Liquid versus Forward Gaming. Secret will be playing with a stand-in as Yazied “YapzOr” Jaradat is taking a break for the holidays and Nico “eyyou” Barcelon steps in to fill for the team. The results of the group stage will be clear by the end of the day and tomorrow the Megafon Winter Clash will continue with the playoffs.