With Team Secret sweeping the first prize at the previous MarsTV Dota 2 League Spring 2015, it was a success to say the least. This time, bigger than ever MDL is back with a whopping $270,000 prize pool which is going to keep getting bigger as in-game items are purchased and funds are added to the tournament winning pool.
For MarsTV Dota 2 League Winter, the teams directly invited were Vici Gaming, OG, Evil Geniuses, LGD Gaming, EHOME and Team Secret. After a tough set of online qualifier matches held in Chinese, South East Asian, American and European regions; the teams that powered through it were Newbee, Mineski, compLexity gaming and Team Spirit respectively. DOTA fans are quite familiar with all of these teams listed above except for Team Spirit, which is a newly rising CIS based team and Team Mineski, which has begun rising back to it’s previously attained glory.
As of 25/1/2016, the groups for MarsTV Dota 2 League are out;
- Evil Geniuses
- Vici Gaming
- Team Spirit
- Team Secret
- LGD Gaming
- compLexity Gaming
The group stages are going to be in a round-robin format starting 27th January 2016, where best of two matches are going to be played by all 10 teams to decide their brackets. Two teams will be eliminated, one from each group. The LAN play-offs held in China will all consist of best of three matches.
As for the match ups in their respected groups, it’s quite hard to say how they will all end up considering the lack of matches played by certain teams in the current patch.
(Full info about groups and play-off stage can be found here: http://wiki.teamliquid.net/dota2/MarsTV_Dota_2_League/2015/Winter)