This month sees the last (but certainly not least) Major tournament of the 2018/19 Dota Pro Circuit – the EPICENTER Major 2019, this year’s fourth instalment of the biggest LAN tournament held in Moscow, Russia each year. This year’s event has a mind-blowing $1,000,000 USD prize-pool up for grabs, with 16 teams vying it out for their share of the spoils; and it will be taking place between June 24th and 30th.

The EPICENTER Major 2019 Dota Pro Circuit event is going to last a total of 9 days. This epic Dota Pro Circuit event is a double elimination event with two teams each from CIS, Southeast Asia, North America and South America, as well as three teams each from Europe and China. There will be four groups of four teams with the top two teams from each group advancing to the upper-bracket playoff rounds, the bottom two teams advancing to the lower-bracket playoff rounds; all group-stage games will be in a Bo3 format.

The final three days of the tournament is going to be screened in front of a live audience at the CSKA Arena with the eventual champs winning a massive top prize of over $350,000. The groups will be separated as follows:

Group A: Team Secret (EU), Fnatic (SEA), paiN Gaming (SA), Royal Never Give Up (China)

Group B: Evil Geniuses (NA), Team Liquid (EU), Infamous (SA), Gambit Esports (CIS)

Group C: Virtus.pro (CIS), Alliance (EU), Forward Gaming (NA), Vici Gaming (China)

Group D: PSG Esports (EU), OG (EU), Ninjas in Pyjamas (EU), TNC Predator (SEA)

The top 8 teams will also win an invitation to the International 9 (TI9) in China in August. Team Secret are currently clear favourite to take the top prize. They are considered at the moment Dota 2’s real-life Juggernaut and have won two of these season’s four Majors already, finishing a respectable second and fourth in the other two events. Having won the last 3 consecutive ESL One events they have attended Team Secret decidedly come into this year’s EPICENTER Major 2019 as the team to beat.

Other dark horses for the top sport are Team Liquid who feature a much-changed roster coming into this year’s competition. Alliance seem to be coming together at just the right time and, with a finally reunited squad, the Swedish team has a good shot at making it to the TI9.

Dota 2 Esports fans will be able to follow this major event on EPICENTER’s primary Twitch channel. For a full list of standings coming into this year’s EPICENTER Major 2019 tournament see the current list at time of writing below:

  1. Team Secret – 14250
  2. Virtus.pro – 11400
  3. Evil Geniuses – 6750
  4. Vici Gaming – 6300
  5. PSG.LGD – 4140
  6. Fnatic – 3525
  7. Team Liquid – 2820
  8. Ninjas in Pyjamas – 2590
  9. Keen Gaming –  1140
  10. OG – 948
  11. TNC Predator – 696
  12. EHOME – 629.6
  13. J.Storm – 576
  14. Alliance – 379
  15. Chaos Esports Club – 288
  16. Mineski – 286
  17. Gambit Esports – 228
  18. Forward Gaming – 154.88
  19. Complexity Gaming – 153.11
  20. paiN Gaming – 150

For some epic highlights from this year’s EPICENTER Major Qualifiers check this link. Or for something a little different happening in the Esports world right now, check out our preview of this year’s Rocket League Championship Series Season 7 Finals, also taking place this weekend in Newark, USA.