The southeastern shores of China are set to host eight of the top teams in Dota 2 once again, as the Mars Dota 2 League returns for a second stop in Macau for the 2019 MDL Macau tournament in late February. Although no longer part of the Dota Pro Circuit, the eighth iteration of the Mars Dota 2 League tournament is sure to draw in the interest of teams and audiences alike, especially with as much as $300,000 on the line.
The 2019 MDL Macau will run from February 20 to February 24. The exact schedule for the group stages and the playoffs have yet to be announced. However, it’s probably only fair to expect for the playoffs to be the only public portion of the event.
As of the moment, Mars media have only confirmed two of the participating teams in the 2019 MDL Macau tournament, with Virtus.Pro and PSG.LGD headlining the list of teams.
In total, five teams will receive a direct invite to the event. The sixth slot will be reserved to the winners of Season 6 of the Dota 2 Professional League in China. Meanwhile, two more teams from China will round out the tournament via the regional qualifiers.
Format and prize pool distribution for the 2019 MDL Macau tournament are still unknown as of the moment.
Are You Ready for the 2019 MDL Macau?
The Mars Dota 2 League has been one of the must-watch tournaments in Dota 2 over the past few years. Last season, two iterations of the said tournament took place, one as a Minor and the other as a Major. In the former, the then-slumping OG took home the trophy in their lone LAN win during the 2017-18 Dota Pro Circuit. Meanwhile, PSG.LGD would win the latter for their second straight Major of the season.
This year, the stakes are much lower. DPC points are no longer on the line. However, with fewer tournaments scheduled throughout the entire year, tournaments such as the 2019 MDL Macau serve as an excellent opportunity o get some LAN experience and a better feel for the current meta, while also making a lot of money at the same time.
With a $300,000 prize pool, the 2019 MDL Macau is right on par with the Minors. Although, judging by the confirmed attendance of both Virtus.Pro and PSG.LGD, the tournament is looking like it’s going to be anything but a quick cash grab.
It’s also worth noting that the 2019 MDL Macau will take place roughly around the same time as ESL One Katowice 2019 (February 22-24). It’ll be interesting to see which event teams will choose to prioritize, especially with an unconfirmed Minor scheduled to take place just a few weeks after on March 4-10.
Which teams do you think will attend the 2019 MDL Macau tournament? Do you think running at the same time as ESL One Katowice 2019 is going to hurt the tournament’s viewership? Be sure to let us know your thoughts in the comments down below.