Dota 2: Dominate in Route to Kiev Major Qualification

by Steven Cropley

The first Valve sponsored Major to take place in the CIS region and the second Major of the 2016-2017 season, the Kiev Major is gaining a new member to its lineup of teams. has made it through the CIS region qualifier with an undefeated run of 12-0, taking down its finalist opponents a total of three times. went 9-0 through the group stage before meeting Na'Vi for a second time in the first round of the playoffs. VP would defeat Na'Vi 2-1 and continue its undefeated run with another 2-1 victory, this time over Team Empire in the winners final. Na'Vi would bounce back in the losers bracket, securing a 2-0 over Team Spirit before following in's shoes by taking down Team Empire 2-1 to get a third match with the bears.

The third match would not bode any better for Na'Vi as it fell with relative ease to the dominant A swift 2-0 saw the bears roll through, taking the event and qualification without looking back.

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The Kiev Major boasts a prize pool of $3 million dollars with the eventual champion taking home the lion's share of $1 million, a whopping 33 percent of the total prize pool.

Invited teams include The International 6 champions Wings Gaming which brought in the largest prize award in esports history at $9,139,002 of the tournament's $20,770,460 prize pool. Also in the list is Valve Major champions OG, as well as Evil Geniuses, Team Liquid, Ad Finem, Digital Chaos, Newbee, and VG. J.

Teams that have won their region qualifiers and earned a place in the event include iG Vitality from China, and Team Faceless and TNC Pro Team from the South-East Asia region.

Format details provided by

  • Open Qualifiers - March 6th – March 9th, 2017
    • Twelve Regional Single-elimination Open Qualifiers, two brackets for each region.
      • The winners of each Regional Qualifier will advance to the respective Main Qualifier.
  • Main Qualifiers - March 10th - March 13th, 2017
    • Six Regional Qualifiers.
  • Group Stage - April ?? - April ??, 2017
  • Main Event - April 27th - April 30th, 2017
    • Teams are seeded into a single-elimination bracket after the Group Stage.
      • All games are best-of-three, with best-of-five grand finals.