The Dota Pro Circuit 2021/2022’s first Major will take place in Stockholm, confirming earlier rumors about the event’s dates.

The ESL Stockholm Major will be the first Dota 2 Major with a crowd since the Leipzig Major in January 2020, the tournament organizer announced today. Initially slated to be the second Major this season, the Winter Major’s cancelation means that this will be the first (and hopefully not the last) Major of 2022.

ESL Stockholm Major schedule and format

A total of 18 teams will participate in the Major for a total prize pool of US$500,000 and 3,530 DPC points.

Western Europe4
Eastern Europe3
Southeast Asia3
North America2
South America2

The group stage starts on May 12 where two groups of nine teams will play a best-of-two round robin, similar to The International’s format. The top four teams in each group will go on to the main event’s upper bracket, while the fifth and sixth team will be in the lower bracket.

The main event, taking place in Hovet Arena Stockholm from May 20 to 22, will be double elimination playoffs with a best-of-five grand final. There will be a live crowd for the playoffs.

ESL Stockholm Major tickets will be available for purchase starting from February 18, 12 a.m. GMT +8 | February 17, 8 a.m. PT | February 17, 4 p.m. GMT.

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