It has been more than a year since we last enjoyed a proper global LAN event in Dota 2. It has been the longest year in Dota history.
Lo and behold, from March 27 - April 4, the ONE Esports Singapore Major will return not only international Dota 2 on LAN to us, but it will also give us the best of the best teams from around the world.
The Singapore Major is the first Major of a planned two in the 2021 DPC season. Hosted by the Fairmont Singapore, the event will not have a live audience. As it happens, according to the hotel's website
, one of their towers is currently acting as a "Stay Home Designated Facility," where travelers and Singaporeans returning home are required to stay upon entry.
What's at stake?
The prize pool for the first Major is $500,000, with $200,000 going to the first-place team.
Even more important, however, are the DPC points. A total of 2,700 will be awarded to the top eight teams competing at the event, with 500 going to first place, 450 to second, 400 to third, 350 to fourth, 300 to 5-6th, and 200 to 7-8th.
Accumulating DPC points is each team's best shot at getting to The International 10 later this year. Teams with the most points will be given invitations, with an additional qualifier in each region for only one team each.
Placing in the top eight will be key, the higher the better.
Eighteen teams are competing in the Singapore Major, divided into three tiers.
Six teams will compete first in the Wild Card stage, which is a best-of-two round-robin, with the top two teams advancing to the Group Stage. Those two will meet another six teams in the Group Stage, where they will face another best-of-two round robin. The top two teams in the Group Stage will advance to the upper bracket of the Playoffs, the third-sixth place teams will head to the lower bracket of the playoffs, and the last two will be eliminated.
The Playoffs will have six teams directly seeded into the upper bracket, joined by the two from the Group Stage. The bracket will be double-elimination, with best-of-three matches. The Grand Finals, on April 4, will be a best-of-five series.
So who is competing?
This is the first international LAN event in over a year, so the competition could get wild. With diverging metas in different regions, now's the time to see which teams have been paying attention and which can adapt the fastest.
Watch the Wild Card winners to see how deep they'll make it into the competition, there are some potential dark horses there ready to go the distance. And, of course, everyone just really wants to know if, after ruling over Europe in a nearly perfect run, will Team Secret assert global dominance?
Check TrackDota all this week for additional pre-event coverage!
How do I watch the Singapore Major?
You can access our event coverage, including our live match stats, when the event begins on March 27!