May 03, 2019
16 Dota 2 teams from all around the world will paint the happiest place on earth red for the next week as the MDL Disneyland Paris Major kicks off on May 4. The fourth Dota 2 Major of the 2018-19 Dota Pro Circuit will feature a $1 million prize pool, as well as have 15,000 total DPC points up for grabs. But, not every Dota 2 team playing in the tournament will be playing like their season will be on the line. Four teams, namely Virtus.Pro, Team Secret, Vici Gaming, and Evil Geniuses, are all in the clear as they’ve already secured enough Pro Circuit points to guarantee themselves a spot as a direct invite to The International 2019. The MDL Disneyland Paris Major will start things off with the Group Stage this coming Saturday and Sunday. The Group Stage will follow a double-elimination GSL format. The teams will be separated into four groups of four teams each. They’ll be playing each other in best-of-three series for seeding purposes for the Playoffs. The top two teams from each group will be seeded directly into the upper brackets. Meanwhile, the bottom two will be seeded directly into the lower brackets. All in all, each group should play a total of five games. Prior to the tournament, the 16 Dota 2 teams playing at the MDL Disneyland Paris Major were divided into four groups.
- Virtus.Pro- Keen Gaming- Beastcoast- Team Liquid
- Team Secret- Ninjas in Pyjamas- Team Empire- Chaos Esports Club
- Vici Gaming- PSG.LGD- paiN Gaming- Mineski
- Evil Geniuses- Fnatic- compLexity Gaming- OGOutside of the four Dota 2 teams mentioned earlier who have already guaranteed a spot at The International 2019, other teams worth keeping an eye out for are Team Liquid, OG, Fnatic and PSG.LGD. For Fnatic and PSG.LGD, at least a top four finish will guarantee them a spot to The International 2019. As for Team Liquid, they still have a long way to go. However, their previous history makes them deserving of the benefit of the doubt, and while they did bomb out at the CORSAIR DreamLeague Season 11, we won’t be counting them out just yet unless they make an early exit for their second Major in a row at the MDL Disneyland Paris Major. Finally, the reigning TI8 champions, OG, should make for an intriguing watch. Having recently welcomed Anathan “ana” Pham back into their lineup, the MDL Disneyland Paris Major will serve as their first Major of the 2018-19 Dota Pro Circuit and first LAN back together since winning TI8 last August. Other noteworthy teams are Ninjas in Pyjamas and Beastcoast, the former of which recently won the OGA Dota Pit Minor to qualify for the tournament. All in all, the MDL Disneyland Paris Major will have no shortage of fun and exciting matches, as well as dramatic storylines to follow. Make sure to head on over to the tournament’s official website to know more about the schedule, teams, talents, and accommodation, as well as other important information.