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Teams, Schedule, Qualifiers, all you need to know about the Dota 2 Kiev Major

Teams, Schedule, Qualifiers, all you need to know about the Dota 2 Kiev Major

by LouisMarch 7, 2017

All the latest info regarding Valve’s next Dota 2 Major.

The teams are chosen, the dates are set and we are already weeks away for the next Valve sponsored prestige Dota 2 tournament happening in Kiev, Ukraine. The Majors tournament series, first announced during the latter part of 2015, was Valve’s very own line of officially sponsored tournaments, bearing a price pool of USD 3 Million and serves as the main road towards their annual multi-million dollar tournament, The International.

Through the course of existence, the Dota 2 Majors has awarded 2 teams with championship titles, 3 of which belonging to OG Dota 2 and 1 to Team Secret.

OG lifting the Boston Major trophy.

OG lifting the Boston Major trophy.

The 5th Major and the 2017 Season’s Last Major before TI

The Kiev Major is the 5th Dota 2 Majors series tournament following the first one held in Frankfurt, Germany, last year after TI6, following the change in format in regards to the number of tournaments, the Kiev Major is also the last Dota 2 Majors tournament before this year’s The International Dota 2 Championships. Originally, Valve’s plan was to hold 4 tournaments on an annual basis, 3 Majors and then TI, but it was changed this year to only 3 tournaments, 2 Majors and TI. The Kiev Major is also the second major that will be held in the European region, albeit this time, it will find its home specifically within the CIS area.

So what prompted the change? It is believed that the change in format was to provide more time for teams to stabilize their rosters as normally, a good number of managing bodies and organizations trade and recruit players in preparation for the next Valve event. Together with the drama and controversy that these trades or shuffles bring, a good amount of impact towards the overall team gameplay can also be observed in addition, Valve usually rolls out major metagame changes for Dota 2 both post-Major and post-TI which may add to the difficulty factor for newer teams to adapt and develop their strategies.

The Direct Invites

The Kiev Major will have a total of 8 invited teams which will include former Major top rankers and as well the highly performing teams from the prestige and premiere tournaments that occurred between the most recent major held in Boston up until this month. As usual,  the invites will not be without its own share of controversy, although this time, reception is generally well received by both the pros and the fans.

Wings-GamingWings Gaming
Team-OGOG Dota 2
Ad-FinemAd Finem
Team LiquidTeam Liquid
Evil GeniusesEvil Geniuses
North America
Digital-ChaosDigital Chaos
North America
vici gaming jViCi Gaming.J

Here are a few interesting trivia regarding the invited teams:

Wings Gaming

  • Considered as the most aggressive Chinese team in the scene, which is highly interesting considering a majority of the teams from the Chinese region favor a more passive playstyle.
  • One of the 3 Chinese teams to have won a The International championship title.
  • Has not changed their players after the reformation back in Aug 2015.

OG Dota 2

  • Won 3 Dota 2 Major championship titles, with of them in a row, namely Frankfurt, Manila, and Boston.
  • Known for their dominant performance and always easily becomes the fan favorite in every tournament that they are in.
  • During StarSeries Season 3, carry player Johan “n0tail” Sundstein stated that he personally wanted to defeat the Filipino team, TNC Pro Team Dota 2 with the reason being that they rarely get the chance to face off against other international teams, particularly from SEA, it can be remembered that TNC eliminated OG during TI6 helping the Filipino squad secure a top 8 finish in the said tournament.

Ad Finem

  • One of this season’s most breakout teams, Ad Finem started as a dark horse to fan favorite after finishing 2nd place in the Boston Major.
  • One of the few teams that have not changed their roster ever since their inception.
  • Additional info:
    • New news confirms that Ad Finem has already released their Dota 2 squad, nevertheless, players Omar “Madara” Dabachach, Dimitris “ThuG” Plivouris, Kharis “SkyLark” Zafiriou, Verros “Maybe Next Time” Apostolos and Giorgos “SsaSpartan” Giannakopoulos will still retain their invites provided that they join as the same lineup.

Team Liquid

  • Apart from changing their roster numerous times, Team Liquid has also switched between competitive regions, first competing in North America and now finding their home in Europe.
  • Its roster consists of 3 players that have reached over 9000 MMR points, which is currently the highest in Dota 2’s Ranked Match Making System, namely Lasse “MATUMBAMAN” Urpalainen, Maroun “GH” Merhej and Amer “Miracle-” Al-Barkawi.

Evil Geniuses

  • Home to the youngest Dota 2 pro to haver surpassed USD 1 Million in earnings, Syed Sumail “SumaiL” Hassan.
  • Is considered as the “official” flag-bearer of the North American competitive region for Dota 2 following the region’s unstable scene when it comes to players.
  • Despite TI being constantly held on American home soil for the last 5 years, Evil Geniuses has only won 1 TI championship title, the The International Dota 2 Championship trophy for the 2015 season.

Digital Chaos

  • Even though they were formed back in 2015, the team gained popularity in 2016 after recruiting former Team Secret players, Aliwi “w33” Omar, and Rasmus “MiSeRy” Filipsen who got kicked out after their win at the Shanghai Major.
  • If teams suddenly dropped from tournaments in favor if DC then they’re probably Sunsfanned.


  • The 2nd Chinese team to hold a TI trophy after winning The International 2014.
  • Once considered as China’s “Dream Team” after recruiting the region’s veteran players namely, Chen “Hao”  Zhihao, Zhang “Mu” Pan, Gong “ZSMJ” Jian, and the director himself Zhang “xiao8” Ning.

ViCi Gaming.J

  • As part of the partnership regarding the team’s reformation, ViCi Gaming.J has NBA pro Jeremy Lin as its honorary team captain.
  • Current team of China’s most colorful, and perhaps most popular Dota2 personalities, Bai “rOtk” Fan, known for his banter, fits of rage and multiple instances of “retirement”.

Qualifying for the Kiev Major

Of course, it is not only the invited teams that will duke it out this coming April at Kiev, Ukraine as the other half of the total 16 participants will be coming from the different regional qualifiers held globally. The qualifying events will also be experiencing their own change as Valve decides to hold a separate qualifier for regions such as South America and CIS, which were both part of the Americas and European qualifiers respectively for previous Valve tournaments.

A total of 8 qualifier slots will be reserved for each competitive region, 3 of which will belong to China, 1 from Europe, 1 for CIS, 1 each for North and South America and 2 for South East Asia. In addition to the additional regions, Valve also introduces a new way to be part of the qualifiers, and ultimately, the Kiev Major by participating in the weekly Battle Cup, which is a pseudo-inhouse tournament available to Battle Pass holders, an in-game item that grants cosmetic bonuses and is released each time that there is a Valve-sponsored Dota 2 event. The qualifiers, will consists of 2 stages, first the open qualifier events, and followed by the Main Qualifiers which will also have their own directly seeded teams. A total of 34 teams have been automatically seeded across regions for the Main qualifiers and are now awaiting their opponents coming from both the Open Qualifier stage and the Battle Cup’s culmination event, the Champions Cup.


The Kiev Major qualifier teams and respective slots. image source; Wykrhm Reddy

Schedule: When to watch and where to watch

The Dota 2 Kiev Major will have its main event take place at the National Palace of Arts, in Kiev Ukraine this coming April 27-30, 2017, the Open Qualifiers are now currently ongoing, started in March 6, 2017 and will run up to March 9 with the main Qualifiers to follow on March 10 up until March 13, 2017. As of the moment, the schedule for the groupstages are still being finalized although we assume that it will be sometime around the 3rd week of April.

For fans who cannot make it to the live venue, you can watch the games online through the official broadcast channels on both Twitch and Facebook, with the Twitch broadcast divided by language namely for English and for Russian. The Facebook broadcast will be done through the official Dota 2 Social Media page, whereas the Filipino broadcasts will be done by Mineski TV, WomboXCombo, and yours truly, Pacific Network.



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