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Initially scheduled for some time in the summer of 2019, the final act of the WePlay! esports Tug of War Dota 2 trilogy, the Mad Moon LAN was announced by the organizers for February 2020. The delay was caused not only by a possible clash with the biggest tournament of the year, The International, but more because WePlay! are going to host the event in their own arena, which was mentioned only now.

 “LAN ending of Tug of War Dota 2 trilogy to be held in WePlay!’s new esports arena in Kyiv, Ukraine,” says the organizer in the press release from August 7. Details regarding the new arena are yet to be revealed, but the tournament format and the first three teams attending it are known.

Tug of War: Mad Moon will not be a part of next year’s Dota Pro Circuit season, although it has $300,000 to offer. Eight teams in total will be fighting for the lion’s share. Three of them secured their slot via Tug of War: Radiant and Dire events held earlier this year in an online format. Ninjas in Pyjamas won the Radiant battle, while Infamous and Royal Never Give Up were the champions of the Dire – Americas and Asia championships.

Tug of War: Mad Moon prize pool distribution:

  • 1st place: $130,000
  • 2nd place: $60,000
  • 3rd place: $30,000
  • 4th place: $20,000
  • 5th-6th place: $12,000
  • 7th-8th place: $8,000

Additionally to the earnings based on their finish in the tournament, two players will receive $10,000 bonus for being voted the MVP of the tournament. The MVP prize will go to a core and a support player and winners will be determined as follows:

·         The online audience will be able to vote for the core and support MVP player via during the tournament days.

·         After the grand finals, a jury that consists of the talent crew on site, will cast their votes on the players chosen by the viewers.

The tournament format will feature an eliminatory group stage where the eight teams will be split into two groups of four. Bottom team from each group will be eliminated, winners of each group will advance straight into the playoffs semifinals, while the second and third-placed teams will start in the first round of the double elimination playoffs bracket. All playoff series will be best-of threes and the grand finals will bring a best-of-five battle.

According to WePlay! esports, the final five teams attending the Mad Moon LAN will be announced at a later date, but they are promised to be “huge” names of the Dota 2 scene.

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