After the successful MDL Spring, now is the turn for the Winter Season. The MDL is one of the most important tournaments in China. It now comes with a prize pool of $250,000+ where teams from all around the world will battle in Wuxi, China.
Unlike most tournaments, this one features mainly directly invited teams rather than giving a lot of spots for qualification. There are 6 invited teams and only 4 qualified.
Marstv Dota 2 League 2015 Winter |Facts:
- Date: 01/27/ – 01/31/2016
- Location: Wuxi, China.
- Prize Pool: $250,000+
- Format: Online Qualifiers, LAN Playoffs.
- 10 teams
- Dota TV tickets available on the Dota 2 store for only $1.99
Marstv League Winter | Betting Odds
The following teams were considered the top in the world and earned a direct invite to the tournament:
- Vici Gaming
- Evil Geniuses
- LGD Gaming
- Team Secret
Three teams from china, two from Europe and one from America. These teams are considered the best because of their performance during the past months. Something we should add is that teams that are considered part of the meta right now, like Alliance, didn’t get an invite. This tournament clearly took into consideration teams’ performance in a longer time period. Alliance was performing poorly before December 2015, but since then they’ve won the latest important tournaments. Still, they didn’t get an invite to the MDL Winter.
Marstv Dota 2 League 2016 Winter | Qualifiers:
The tournament ran four qualifiers, one for each region. Each region had only one spot for a team to qualify to the LAN Finals.
These were the results:
- America: CompLexity
- Europe: Team Spirit
- SEA: Mineski
- China: Newbee
Marstv Dota 2 League Winter | LAN Finals
This tournament’s LAN Finals consist of two phases that are similar to the recent Majors organized by Valve.
First, the Group Stage consists of a Bo2 round robin where the teams are divided into two groups. The top two teams from both groups will advance to the Upper Bracket of the double-elimination Playoffs, the bottom two will be eliminated and the rest will start in the Lower Bracket.
During the Playoffs, all matches are Bo3, excepting the Grand Finals that are Bo5.