The Chongqing Major is the second Dota 2 Major of the Dota Pro Circuit for the 2018-2019 competitive season. As all Majors this season, the tournament brings together 16 teams, has a prize pool of 1 million dollars and lasts for 9 days, providing a great spectacle for everyone involved.
The Chongqing Major is scheduled to take place in Chongqing, China at the beginning of 2019, between January 19th – 27th.
The Chongqing Major Participants
The Chongqing Major features most of the world’s best teams. With one exception, all of them have already been decided via qualifiers. The 16th will be the winner of the Minor that precedes this great Major, namely The Bucharest Minor.
Here are the 15 teams that have qualified over the past week:
- Europe: Team Liquid, Team Secret, Alliance
- CIS: NoPangolier, Virtus.pro
- North America: J.Storm, Forward Gaming, Evil Geniuses
- South America: paiN Gaming, Thunder Predator
- Southeast Asia: Fnatic, TNC Predator
- China: Team Aster, Vici Gaming, PSG.LGD
Most of these names are well known and have been around for many years. Others are fairly new and we’ve yet to see what they are capable of.
Chongqing Major Prize Pool Distribution
Being a Dota Pro Circuit event and also a Major, The Chongqing Major offers substantial prizes: 1 million dollars and 15.000 qualification points for The International 2019.
In particular, the qualification points can decide a lot at this stage, simply because there will be only 3 more Majors after this one and Minors are virtually irrelevant because they only offer 500 qualification points in total. So whoever wins The Chongqing Major or at least plays in the Grand Final is pretty much guaranteed a spot at The International 2018.
The distribution of prizes for The Chongqing Major is the following:
- 1st place: $350K – 4950 points
- 2nd place: $170K – 3000 points
- 3rd place: $100K – 2100 points
- 4th place: $80K – 1350 points
- 5th – 6th place: $60K – 900 points
- 7th – 8th place: $40K – 450 points
- 9th – 12th place: $15K – 150 points
- 13th – 16th place: $10K – 75 points
Current DPC (Dota Pro Circuit) Standings
These are the current standings of the teams that will be attending The Chongqing Major.
- Virtus.pro – 1st place (4950 points)
- Team Secret – 2nd place (3000 points)
- Evil Geniuses – 3rd place (2100 points)
- PSG.LGD – 5th place (900 points)
- TNC Predator – 5th place (900 points)
- Fnatic – 7th place (450 points)
- Vici Gaming – 7th place (450 points)
- Alliance – 9th place (225 points)
- Forward Gaming – 10th place (150 points)
- J.Storm – 10th place (150 points)
- paiN Gaming – 12th place (75 points)
- Team Aster – 12th place (75 points)
The rest of the teams, namely Team Liquid, NoPangolier and Thunder Predator did not participate in the first Major of the season and have no points as a result. Of these 3 teams, Team Liquid is certainly expected to make a great impression at The Chongqing Major and break into the top 12 competitors in the Dota Pro Circuit rankings.
The Top Contenders For The Chongqing Major
The Chongqing Major can, of course, be won by any team, as The International 2018 already proved, but some participants have a much better chance than the rest. I will analyze these below.
Virtus.pro finished the previous season at the top of the Dota Pro Circuit rankings table, winning multiple Majors and proving that apart from its unexplainable TI performances, it is probably the strongest team in the world.
During the first Major of the new competitive season, VP surpassed all expectations once again and won the title, after an absolutely insane Grand Final against Team Secret (score 3 – 2).
Going into The Chongqing Major, I expect Solo and his teammates to get a top 4 result, their main opponents being all of the other teams on this list. Team Secret, Team Liquid, Evil Geniuses and PSG.LGD are more or less at the same level of skill (or at least potential) as VP, so in case of a direct eliminatory match, anything could happen.
Still, you’re definitely safer by taking VP’s side than betting against it, as this CIS powerhouse is somewhat of an expert at winning Majors.
After a 4th place in the Dota Pro Circuit last season and a 5th – 6th place at The International 2018, Team Secret began its new adventure with an exceptional result. Puppey and his squad got very close to winning the first Major of the 2018-2019 competitive season and only failed against Virtus.pro in the Grand Final.
Secret’s new lineup, with Nisha and zai, looks absolutely flawless. Puppey has proved once again that he really knows what he’s doing when inviting relatively unknown players to join his roster and turning them into complete monsters. Sure, zai was a confirmed talent who had already played under Puppey’s leadership in the past, but Nisha was a nobody before he joined Secret, much like Topson before he joined OG right before The International 2018.
EG is looking great at the moment and after the start of the new season, I can clearly say that both Fly and s4 have fully blended with EG’s core trio, creating a powerful mix. After taking 3rd place at The International 2018, Evil Geniuses started this season with another 3rd place at The Kuala Lumpur Major.
Going into the second Major of the season, I expect EG to finish somewhere between 4th and 6th, as there are multiple teams that are stronger than it at the moment.
After finishing 4th at The International 2018, Team Liquid vanished for a while, failing to qualify for the first Major of the season, declining to play in the first Minor and then finally announcing the departure of its great coach Heen. We’ve yet to see who his replacement will be. For the time being, KuroKy seems to have taken all the responsibilities of the team on his shoulders.
In spite of its long absence, I do expect Team Liquid to perform very well at the upcoming Major and get a top 4 result. In the qualifiers for The Chongqing Major, Liquid finished 2nd in Europe, being defeated only by Team Secret (1 – 2). This result, the team’s superstar players and its glorious past give people a lot of confidence in this former TI champion, and rightly so.
PSG.LGD finished 3rd last season in the Dota Pro Circuit and then came very close to winning The International 2018. Only a miraculous performance from OG denied the Aegis of Champions for this exceptional Chinese squad.
However, in spite of being one of the strongest teams in 2017-2018, PSG.LGD seems to have lost some of its drive to succeed and started the new season with less than amazing results. At The Kuala Lumpur Major, Somnus and the rest of the squad only managed to get a modest 5th place finish, raising eyebrows from fans.
Going into The Chongqing Major, I don’t see PSG.LGD getting more than a 5th – 6th place finish, simply because its main rivals, and there are quite a few of them, seem to be much hungrier for victory than them. However, don’t sleep on this team, as it can always come back with a vengeance. Just don’t get your hopes too high either, and watch it play before you assess its current level of skill.