Upcoming Dota 2 tournament will continue the Tug of War Dota 2 trilogy — Radiant and Dire. Initially, Mad Moon was planned for this summer but due to the opening of WePlay!'s esports hub in Kyiv the tournament was rescheduled.
Participants and dates
WePlay! Tug of War: Mad Moon will be held from February 19th to February 23rd, 2020. Eight applicants will compete for the champion's title: the winner of the Radiant tournament — Ninjas in Pajamas, two champions of the Dire tournament — Infamous and Royal Never Give Up, and five more teams will receive direct invitations from the organizer. A list of invited teams will be announced later.
Prize pool distribution
The total prize pool for WePlay! Tug of War: Mad Moon tournament is $300,000. The winner of the tournament will get $130,000, the vice-champion — $60,000, and the 3rd and 4th places will be awarded with $30,000 and $20,000 respectively. A reward of $12,000 will go to 5-6 places each, a $8,000 prize is set for 7-8 places. The two best players of the tournament will get the MVP title and a bonus of $10,000 each.
The tournament is divided into two stages: Group stage and Playoffs. All the matches are held within the Double Elimination system.
Group Stage is played in GSL format. The teams are divided into two groups, four in each. The matches of the first round are played in Bo1 format, the matches of the second round are played in Bo3 format. Two teams who took the last places in their group will leave the tournament.
In the Playoffs, the six remaining teams start their way to the Grand Final from the top bracket. The teams who take second and third places in the Group Stage will pair in the first round (quarterfinals stage), while group winners proceed to the semifinals. All playoff matches, except the Grand Final, will be held in the Best of 3 format (up to two wins). The winner of WePlay! Tug of War: Mad Moon will be determined in the best of 5 (up to three wins) series.
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Source: WePlay! Esports press office