The Epicenter Major heads to Moscow in 2020.
Epicenter has announced that it will host a Dota 2 Major in Moscow that will feature a $1 million prize pool.
The main event of the Epicenter Major 2020 will take place at the CSKA Arena in Moscow, Russia, between May 8 and 10 2020. 16 teams will compete for a share of the $1 million prize pool and all important Dota Pro Circuit points that will help teams qualify for The International 10 that is set to take place in August 2020.
The Epicenter Major will be the fourth Major of the 2019/2020 Dota Pro Circuit season, and will kick off with a group stage on May 2 and 3. Just like the other Majors of the season the group stage will determine which of the 16 teams start in the upper bracket of the competition and which will start in the lower bracket. After the group stage the double elimination bracket will take place across two stages. The first stage will take place in a closed studio between May 4 and 6, with the final stage of the competition taking place in front of a live crowd at the CSKA Arena between May 8 and 10.
Just like the other Majors of the 2019/2020 season there will be an open qualification system allowing any team to try and earn a place in the competition. Details of the open qualifiers will be revealed in February 2020. The closed qualifiers will kick off on March 29 and conclude on April 1. Qualifiers will be held for Europe, China, North America, South America, South East Asia and CIS. Another team will qualify for the Epicenter Major by winning the Minor that precedes it, which is yet to be announced.
Epicenter has a history of running Majors that have been well received by both fans and players. The tournaments are known for their impressive opening ceremonies and the loud Russian crowds who love to show their support for the top teams. The 2020 Epicenter Major should be no different.
Before the Epicenter Major kicks off teams will compete at the DreamLeague Leipzig Major in January and ESL One Los Angeles, which are both Majors. Then after Epicenter the final Major of the season will be the ONE Esports Singapore Major in June. After that event is completed teams will shift their attention to The International 10 and hope their performance at the Majors and Minors throughout the season have been good enough to earn them a spot at the biggest Dota 2 tournament of the year.