Eight teams will fight on the second week of 2020 in the Bukovel Ski-resort at the WePlay! Minor for a spot at the DreamLeague Season 13: The Leipzig Major. The Minor in Kyiv will mark Nigma’s LAN debut and all the spotlights will be on the TI9 runner up roster.
Nigma ended up in the same group with Fighting PandaS, who started the seasons pretty well, with a spot secured straight to the first Major, but finished just 9th-12th in China at MDL Chengdu. Heading into the second round of regional qualifiers for Dota Pro Circuit tournaments, the NA region lost a qualifier slot, and despite reaching the qualifiers playoffs from their respective groups, Fighting Pandas and Ninjas in Pyjamas were defeated later on by Chaos and Evil Geniuses. The WePlay! Bukovel Minor grants only one ticket to the Major following it, and the battle promises to be intense.
WePlay! Bukovel Minor will take place January 9-12, with an eliminatory GLD groups stage to kick things off. The eight participants were split into two groups of four teams each, and only the top two squads from each group will advance to the playoffs, the bottom getting eliminated.
WePlay! Bukovel groups:
- Ninjas in Pyjamas (North America)
- Team Spirit (CIS)
- Geek Fam (Southeast Asia)
- Royal Never Give Up (China)
- Fighting PandaS (North America)
- Gambit Esports (CIS)
- FURIA Esports (South America)
- Nigma (Europe)
All group stage matches will be held on the 9th and 10th of January in ta best-of-three format. The playoffs will be played January 11-12, in a double elimination bracket of best-of-three series, culminating with a best-of-five grand final.
WePlay! Bukovel Minor prize pool and DPC points distribution:
- 1st place: $72,000, 140 DPC points and Major ticket
- 2nd place: $60,000, 120 DPC points
- 3rd place: $54,000, 110 DPC points
- 4th place: $42,000, 90 DPC points
- 5th-6th: $24,000, 60 DPC points
- 7th-8th: $12,000, 40 DPC points
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