The Kuala Lumpur Major has an ingenious competitive format that guarantees a great show and a fair chance for every team to prove its worth. First of all, the event lasts for 10 days. That’s reminiscent of The International 2018 and in fact, most of The Kuala Lumpur Major format elements were inspired by this great event.
The tournament takes place in 2 stages. The first of these stages, called the Group Stage, lasts for just 2 days. The 16 teams will be divided into 4 groups of 4. Each group will be played in a double elimination bracket format (GSL). The top 2 teams qualify for the Upper Bracket of the Main Event. The Bottom 2 teams qualify for the Lower Bracket. The Group Stage matches are Bo3 series.
The Playoffs Stage lasts for 8 days. With the exception of its first round of Lower Bracket matches (Bo1) and the Grand Final (Bo5), every other match will be a Bo3 series.
The Main Event of The Kuala Lumpur Major is identical in structure to that of The International 2018 and that can mean only one thing: a lot of hype. Three Upper Bracket rounds to reach the Grand Final and six Lower Bracket ones. That translates into a lot of matches, given that all the 16 participants will qualify for this stage regardless of their Group Stage performance.