The first Dota 2 Pro Circuit with rosters from all six major competitive regions is now available, with many of the best teams in the world converged in the Lone Star State for the PGL Arlington Major 2022 from August 4 to 14.
The biggest reason for the Summer Tours conclusion, which might be a major turning point in the 2022 DPC season, is the fact that Chinese teams will finally be able to compete in a Major for the first time, and not be forced to play each other in another basic Regional Final substitution. PSG.LGD, Royal Never Give Up, and Team Aster finally getting to play the big boys from other regions in-circuit.
The DPC will not be able to make a perfect comeback, since several teams will have at least one stand-in player, and Xtreme Gaming has completely withdrawn from the competition due to visa concerns. This means the field of teams will be weakened to an extent in a way that could affect results.
Format & prizing
The Arlington Major will have a slightly reduced roster of 17 teams, which will affect the seeding in the Group Stage as well.
Every team in both groups will compete in a best-of-two series, with the top four teams from each group moving on to make up the eight teams in the upper bracket of playoffs. The fifth and sixth place teams will also advance to the playoffs via the lower bracket, while the remaining teams in each group will be eliminated at the end of the Group Stage.
Up until the grand finals, the playoffs will be a standard double-elimination bracket with best-of-three series.
A total of $500,000 and 4,570 DPC points are on the line, with the latter likely to reduce many teams' chances at one of the eight remaining TI11 direct invites, and, like with most larger DPC events, only the top eight teams will receive any prize.
Dota 2 Arlington Major schedule
The Arlington Major will run for a total of ten days between August 4 and 14, with two different days for the Group Stage and the playoffs.
Matches between both groups will be played from August 4 to 8, with teams being seeded into the playoffs or eliminated based on their performance. In total, six teams from each group will move on, for a total of 12 teams in the playoffs.
Fans who have purchased a ticket will be able to see the final three days of the event live at Esports Stadium Arlington, which will run from August 9 to 14.
Dota teams at Arlington Major
OG has returned in top form from the previous Major, even bringing Ceb back due to visa concerns, putting them in a good position to win it all again, but with the ever-present threats of Tundra Esports, Team Spirit, and now the inclusion of another top competitor in PSG.LGD, the road to the Arlington Major crown is looking much more difficult than previous events.
Here is the structure for the Group Stage, which will then flow into the playoffs depending on how each team performs.
- Team Liquid
- Talon Esports
- Outsiders (Virtus.pro roster)
- Royal Never Give Up
- Thunder Awaken
- Tundra Esports
- Team Spirit
- Natus Vincere
- BOOM Esports
- Team Aster
- Evil Geniuses