A legendary tournament run by Perfect World, the Dota 2 quảng cáo online in China, makes its third run this year.

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Once again, teams will gather for Dota 2 Asia Championship, with sixteen squads fighting for envious prizes — this time $1 million USD, but also a slice of a whopping 1,500 Qualifying Points for the Dota Pro Major. Sixteen teams have arrived in Shanghai for the battle, & this late into the season, it’s anyone’s game.

DAC will ensure that the cream of the crop is here lớn battle. That’s to lớn say, the đứng đầu seven of the eight teams currently qualified for The International are here in China, waiting to lớn face off. From Virtus Pro, which already has more points than it needs, all the way down lớn Americans Evil Geniuses in seventh — sitting pretty but not out-of-reach — these teams are here lớn defend their spot in the Pro Circuit.

Off the rankings, one team fighting for their TI life is Southeast Asia’s Mineski, who’s just ahead in the rankings of expat rivals Fnatic by a mere 16 points. They sit 290 Qualifying Points between the current eighth place contender, fan hâm mộ legends Natus Vincere — meaning that if they can cinch even fourth place, they’ll edge out Navi for the TI8 spot until Navi’s next opportunity lớn earn points.

It’s going lớn be an intense event, with nine days of games spread over ten days: four days of group stages, followed by five days of playoffs, similar lớn The International. But at the end, only four will earn Qualifying Points — và one will emerge victorious.

If you’re in for the long haul, or just want to know when you can tune in, we’ve got your low-down on DAC.

EDITOR’S NOTE: This has been edited April 2, 1PM ET, to match the results of the Group Stage và include the Playoffs schedule.

THERE WILL BE SPOILERS.

Event Format và Info

Official English Coverage:

Prizes: The prize pool will be $1,000,000 USD with 1,500 Qualifying Points at stake. Point distribution for teams that earn points will be as follows (cash TBD):

1st Place — 750 Qualifying Points/player 2nd Place — 450 QP/Player 3rd Place — 225 QP/Player 4th Place — 75 QP/Player

If you’re still a bit confused about how the Pro Circuit will work, check out our primer about the Valve-sanctioned tournament series.

Competition Format:

Teams begin in a round-robin group stage, in which all teams play each other, followed by a double-elimination playoff bracket.

All teams begin in the group stages & play each other in best-of-one matches. At the over of the matches, the bottom two teams are eliminted.

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For playoffs, remaining teams are seeded by group stage performance into the double-elimination bracket. The đứng đầu two teams from each group start automatically in the first round of the upper bracket, which are all best-of-threes. The middle four teams (3rd-6th places) of each group begin in the Breakout bracket. Winning teams proceed to meet the top group teams in the upper brackets; lower teams meet for the first elimination matches in the lower bracket. Losing in the upper bracket sends a team lớn the lower bracket. All lower bracket games are elimination matches. The first two rounds are best-of-one; the lower semis & finals are best-of-three. Bracketed playoffs continue until the best-of-five finals.

Teams/Groups:

(Group Stage results will be under the schedule.) Group A: Keen Gaming (China, Qualifier) LGD Gaming (China, Qualifier) Newbee (CN, Direct Invite) OG Dota (EU, Qualifier) OpTic Gaming (NA, Qualifier)Team Liquid (EU, Direct Invite) TNC Pro Team (SEA, Qualifier) Vici Gaming (CN, Qualifier) Group B: Effect (CIS, Qualifier) Evil Geniuses (NA, Qualifier) Invictus Gaming (China, Direct Invite)Mineski (SEA, Qualifier)paiN Gaming (SA, Qualifier) Team Secret (EU, Direct Invite)VGJ.Thunder (CN, Qualifier) Virtus.Pro (CIS, Direct Invite)

Schedule:

PLAYOFFS

PLAYOFF BRACKET

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Days 1 và 2 of the Playoffs. Via Liquipedia Tuesday, April 3 — Playoffs; Breakout Stage 10:00 AM CST (10:00 PM ET — Monday, April 2) Evil Geniuses vs Newbee 1:00 PM CST (1:00 AM ET — Tuesday, April 3) Team Liquid vs VGJ.Thunder4:00 PM CST (4:00 AM ET) Team Liquid vs VGJ.Thunder7:00 PM CST (7:00 AM ET) Team Secret vs Vici GamingWednesday, April 4 — Playoffs; Upper Bracket Round 1 10:00 AM CST (10:00 PM ET — Tuesday, April 3) LGD-Gaming vs TBD1:00 PM CST (1:00 AM ET — Wednesday, April 4) Virtus.Pro vs thái bình dương 4:00 PM CST (4:00 AM ET)Mineski vs thái bình dương 7:00 PM CST (7:00 AM ET) TNC Pro Team vs thái bình dương Thursday, April 5 — Playoffs 10:00 AM CST (10:00 PM ET — Wednesday, April 4) — Lower bracket round 1 11:30 AM CST (1:30 AM ET) — Lower bracket round 1 1:00 PM CST (1:00 AM ET — Thursday, April 5) — Upper bracket semis 4:00 PM CST (4:00 AM ET) — Upper bracket semis Friday, April 6 — Playoffs; Upper Finals 10:00 AM CST (10:00 PM ET — Thursday, April 5) — Lower bracket round 2 11:30 PM CST (11:30 AM ET) — Lower bracket round 2 1:00 PM CST (1:00 AM ET — Friday, April 6) — Upper bracket finals 4:00 PM CST (4:00 AM ET) — Lower bracket semis Saturday, April 7 — Lower Finals và Grand Finals 10:00 AM CST (10:00 PM ET — Friday, April 6) — Lower bracket finals 1:00 PM CST (1:00 AM ET — Saturday, April 7) — Grand Finals

GROUP STAGES

GROUP A

GROUP STAGE MAIN GAMES:

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via Liquipedia TIEBREAKERS:

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via Liquipedia Thursday, March 29 — Group StagesDue khổng lồ the simultaneous nature of the matches during group stages, we will group each match by approximate start time.

10:00 AM CST (10:00 PM ET — Wednesday, March 28) Group A: OG Dota vs Keen Gaming Group B: VGJ.Thunder vs Effect11:30 AM CST (11:30 PM ET) Group A: TNC vs OpTic GamingGroup B: Mineski vs paiN Gaming1:00 PM CST (1:00 AM ET — Thursday, March 29) Group A: Vici Gaming vs OG Dota Group B: Evil Geniuses vs VGJ. Thunder2:30 PM CST (2:30 AM ET) Group A: Team Liquid vs Keen Gaming Group B: Team Secret vs Effect4:00 PM CST (4:00 AM ET) Group A: Newbee vs Vici Gaming Group B: Virtus.Pro vs Evil Geniuses 5:30 PM CST (5:30 AM ET) Group A: LGD-Gaming vs TNC Pro Team Group B: Invictus Gaming vs Mineski 7:00 PM CST (7:00 AM ET) Group A: Newbee vs OpTic GamingGroup B: Virtus.Pro vs paiN Gaming8:30 PM CST (8:00 AM ET) Group A: Team Liquid vs LGD-Gaming Group B: Team Secret vs Invictus Gaming Friday, March 30 — Group Stages

Due to lớn the simultaneous nature of the matches during group stages, we will group each match by approximate start time.

10:00 AM CST (10:00 PM ET — Thursday, March 29) Group A: OG Dota vs OpTic DotaGroup B: VGJ.Thunder vs paiN Gaming11:30 AM CST (11:30 PM ET) Group A: TND Pro Team vs Keen Gaming Group B: Mineski vs Effect 1:00 PM CST (1:00 AM ET — Friday, March 30) Group A: Newbee vs LGD-GamingGroup B: Virtus.Pro vs Invictus Gaming 2:30 PM CST (2:30 AM ET) Group A: Team Liquid vs OG DotaGroup B: Team Secret vs VGJ.Thunder4:00 PM CST (4:00 AM ET) Group A: LGD-Gaming vs Keen GamingGroup B: Invictus Gaming vs Effect 5:30 PM CST (5:30 AM ET) Group A: Vici Gaming vs OpTic GamingGroup B: Evil Geniuses vs paiN Gaming7:00 PM CST (7:00 AM ET) Group A: Newbee vs TNC Pro TeamGroup B: Virtus.Prob vs Mineski 8:30 PM CST (8:00 AM ET) Group A: Team Liquid vs Vici Gaming Group B: Team Secret vs Evil Geniuses Saturday, March 31 — Group Stages

Due lớn the simultaneous nature of the matches during group stages, we will group each match by approximate start time.

10:00 AM CST (10:00 PM ET — Friday, March 30) Group A: Vici Gaming vs Keen Gaming Group B: Evil Geniuses vs Effect 11:30 AM CST (11:30 PM ET) Group A: LGD-Gaming vs OpTic Gaming Group B: Invictus Gaming vs paiN Gaming 1:00 PM CST (1:00 AM ET — Saturday, March 31) Group A: Newbee vs OG Dota Group B: Virtus.Pro vs VGJ.Thunder 2:30 PM CST (2:30 AM ET) Group A: Team Liquid vs TNC Pro Team Group B: Team Secret vs Mineski 4:00 PM CST (4:00 AM ET) Group A: Newbee vs Keen Gaming Group B: Virtus.Pro vs Effect 5:30 PM CST (5:30 AM ET) Group A: Team Liquid vs OpTic GamingGroup B: Team Secret vs paiN Gaming7:00 PM CST (7:00 AM ET) Group A: TNC Pro Team vs OG DotaGroup B: Mineski vs VGJ.Thunder 8:30 PM CST (8:00 AM ET) Group A: LGD-Gaming vs Vici Gaming Group B: Invictus Gaming vs Evil GeniusesSunday, April 1 — Group Stages

Due lớn the simultaneous nature of the matches during group stages, we will group each match by approximate start time.

10:00 AM CST (10:00 PM ET — Saturday, March 31) Group A: Vici Gaming vs TNC Pro TeamGroup B: Evil Geniuses vs Mineski 11:30 AM CST (11:30 PM ET) Group A: LGD-Gaming vs OG Dota Group B: Invictus Gaming vs VGJ.Thunder 1:00 PM CST (1:00 AM ET — Sunday, April 1) Group A: OpTic Gaming vs Keen GamingGroup B: paiN Gaming vs Effect2:30 PM CST (2:30 AM ET) Group A: Team Liquid vs NewbeeGroup B: Team Secret vs Virtus.Pro GROUP STAGE FINAL RESULTS

Group A:

Due khổng lồ how close this group’s results were, tiebreakers needed khổng lồ occur to determine bracket placement — và elimination.