Last year, the ESL AU&NZ National Championship for 2018 saw 897,000 hours of watched content and over five million people reached on social media. Paired with our announcement yesterday regarding the return of the program for 2019, today, we're pleased to announce the return of another friendly face - Dota 2!
The ESL AU&NZ Championship season format will see a change this year, with Dota 2 featuring eight teams (up from six) as the season prize pool remains at $10,000AUD. The region's best teams from the season will qualify through to the live finals in the first half of this year, with more information on venue and dates to be announced in the coming months.
- Season 3 will feature eight Dota 2 teams;
- All eight teams will qualify through the open qualifiers.
- All regular season matches will be on a best-of-two basis;
- Matchdays will range between Sunday and Monday evenings.
- The season finals will feature only two teams in live attendance;
- The top two teams of the regular season will advance directly to the season's finals bracket,
- The teams ranked in third to sixth place will be invited to compete in the season's playoffs.
- The semi-finals of the finals bracket to be played online,
- The champion of the event will qualify (with full T&A) to an regional scale event hosted in Asia. Further details, including dates will be announced at a later date.
For those are interested in competing in the season - the open qualifiers are path for you! Taking place over four weekends respectively, the open qualifiers are open to anyone and everyone as teams partake in a single elimination bracket, featuring a best-of-one format.
The top two teams from this qualifier will advance to the league. The semi-finals of each tournament will be played as a best-of-three series to determine the qualified teams.
- Qualifier #1 - February 02: https://play.eslgaming.com/dota2/oceania/dota2/major/aunz-championship-2019-season-01-open-qualifier-cup-01/
- Qualifier #2 - February 10: https://play.eslgaming.com/dota2/oceania/dota2/major/aunz-championship-2019-season-01-open-qualifier-cup-02/
- Qualifier #3 - February 17: https://play.eslgaming.com/dota2/oceania/dota2/major/aunz-championship-2019-season-01-open-qualifier-cup-03/
- Qualifier #4 - February 24: https://play.eslgaming.com/dota2/oceania/dota2/major/aunz-championship-2019-season-01-open-qualifier-cup-04/
Commencing in March, 2019 - the league will see eight teams in total compete over seven weeks in the regular season. Teams will only being required to play one best-of-two series per week - with matchdays ranging between Sunday and Monday evenings.
By the end of the season, the top two teams of each group will advance directly to the season finals.
Teams placed in the third to sixth place will be invited to compete in the season's Playoffs - a final chance for teams to qualify for the season finals and earn their share of $10,000AUD.
- Week 1: 03/04 of March, 2019;
- Week 2: 10/11 of March, 2019;
- Week 3: 17/18 of March, 2019;
- Week 4: 24/25 of March, 2019;
- Week 5: 31/01 of March/April, 2019;
- Week 6: 07/08 of April, 2019;
- Week 7: 14/15 of April, 2019;
The playoffs are the last step in qualifying the final two teams for our season finals. For this stage of the season, teams ranked between third to sixth place of each group will face off in a single elimination tournament in a series of best-of-three matches.
With the third seeded team taking on the sixth, and the fourth seeded team taking on the fifth, both winners will qualify directly to the season finals.
- Playoffs: 12 of May, 2019;
Operating as a four-team single elimination tournament, the season finals will showcase the best Dota 2 teams from across the region as they compete for their share in $10,000AUD.
More information on the venue and dates to be announced in the coming months.
The champion of the event will qualify (with full T&A) to an regional scale event hosted in Asia. Further details, including dates will be announced at a later date.