PGL have announced the Bucharest Major for 2018. The third Major of the Dota Pro Circuit for 2018 is scheduled for March 8-11 in Bucharest, just two weeks after Poland’s Katowice Major on February 20-25.
The Bucharest Major is the second Pro Circuit tournament organised by PGL and their first Major under the new system. Their first was the PGL Open Bucharest Minor back in October where Mineski took home the trophy after sweeping LGD Gaming in the Grand Finals.
Bucharest Major = Unannounced Rescheduled Major
The Dota Pro Circuit took its first major hit (no pun intended) earlier this December. Because of the cancellation of two of GESC’s planned Minors and of one Unannounced Major, the 2017-18 season was already down three tournaments. At the same time, we also learned that an Unnanounced Major was rescheduled to take the place of the cancelled Major.
With PGL’s announcement, we now know that the rescheduled Major was the Bucharest Major.
Our 4th major and a new date on the Dota 2 Pro Circuit calendar: The Bucharest Major 2018, March 9-11, Polyvalent Hall. https://t.co/6a2ky1IwQS for more details, including invited teams. pic.twitter.com/mr00b2zGqU
— PGL (@pglesports) December 21, 2017
The Bucharest Major will feature 16 Dota 2 teams from all over the world and will have as much as $1,000,000 and 1500 Qualifying Points for TI8 up for grabs. The main event will take place on March 9-11 in Polyvalent Hall, Bucharest. However, the tournament’s group stages will start a week earlier on March 4-7.
The reigning TI champions Team Liquid and the TI7 runner-ups Newbee headline the list of direct invites. PGL also extended a direct invite to the winners of the PGL Open Bucharest Minor, Mineski. Joining them are the newly-revamped NA powerhouse Evil Geniuses and the Adrenaline Cyber League Champions Natus Vincere.
— Natus Vincere (@natusvincere) December 21, 2017
According to the Bucharest Major’s official page, 5 more additional teams will receive direct invites. This will leave only 6 slots for the Regional Qualifiers; one for each of Dota 2’s main competitive regions, as per Valve’s guidelines.
Interested Dota 2 teams can sign up to join the Bucharest Major Open Qualifiers as early as today.
Are you excited for the Bucharest Major? What do you think of the direct invites? Which teams would you like to see at the fifth Major of the season? Be sure to let us know your thoughts in the comments down below.