Yesterday Valve updated the Dota 2 blog with info on how it’s all going to work, using some lovely charts and tables. So, let’s take a look at how it's all going to play out.
With 41 teams competing in the Regional Qualifiers last month, four of those won their regions, with a further four runners up. Those eight teams will move on in the tournament to join the other eleven invited teams, making a total of 19 teams competing for that prize money.
Between 8-14 July the playoffs will be held, which have been broken down into phases. Phase one begins with the Wild Card tournament that pits the 4 runners up of the qualifiers against each other, to see who will join the other regional winners and invited teams.
Phase two is held from 9-12 July, with a minimum of 120 games being played over those four days, ensuring each of the remaining 16 teams plays one another once. The top two teams of the playoffs will advance onto the upper bracket of the main event, with the middle eight teams entering phase three of the playoffs.
Phase three held on 13 and 14 July separates the middle eight teams into two four-team brackets based on their Phase Two performance. The first day will see the teams placed 10th, 7th, 6th and 3rd in performance vying for their place in the finals, with the second day hosting the 9th, 8th, 5 and 4th teams doing the same.
July 18-21, The Main Event. Held as an eight team double elimination tournament pitting the final eight teams in best-of-three matches, with the grand final being a best-of-five.
Head on over to the Dota 2 blog update for more information.