ImbaTV will host a two-week online tournament in China that will culminate with three days of LAN matches. China Dota2 Pro Cup Season 1 is set to kick off on the 17th of September with 10 of the biggest organizations in China fighting for a share of the $80,000.
A total of eight teams have already confirmed their participation in the event, however, only three of those have their rosters locked.
PSG.LGD are headlining the invites list, but they are currently down to three players after they officially parted ways with Lu “Somnus/Maybe” Yao and Xu “fy” Linsen at the beginning of this month. In a rather similar situation are also Vici Gaming, who have already waved goodbye to Zhou “Yang” Haiyang and are rumoured to have also lost Zhang “Eurus/ Paparazi” in the ongoing China shuffle. Nonetheless, ImbaTV mentioned in their announcement post made on Weibo that “the transfer period is about to come to an end”, which means that all the teams will reveal their new rosters soon.
Alongside PSG.LGD and Vici Gaming on the direct invites list are Royal Never Give Up, Team Aster, EHOME, Sparking Arrow Gaming, Invictus Gaming and Team MagMa, which is the result of the Blaze and Ocean merger.
“We selected Team MagMa as the representative of the domestic newcomers,” stated ImbaTV and added a bit more info in the comments section on Weibo, explaining that the much-awaited 4am lineup is not finalized and the organization is not ready to announce anything for sure until mid-October, thus they couldn’t include the team in the event.
China Dota2 Pro Cup team line-up will be completed via open qualifiers, with two slots up for grabs. The online portion of the tournament will run September 17-October 1 and will start with the 10 participants split into two groups of five.
The group stage will take place September 17-29 in a single round-robin format, best-of-three series, with the top team from each group advancing straight into the playoffs semifinals. The second placed teams from each group will be seeded in the first round of the playoff upper bracket, while the third and fourth placed teams will go to a play-in stage to determine the last two teams for the playoffs. The last placed team from each group will be eliminated.
While the organizers wish the last three days of the playoffs to be played in an arena with a live audience, the full schedule for this stage is not yet finalized. According to ImbaTV, the LAN finals will take place on October 5 with 100-200 spectators, but the city and the venue hosting the LAN are yet to be decided.