Earlier this week, the China Supermajor announced the Venue and Ticketing info for the final and biggest DPC event of the season. And along with the announcement came a ton of criticism after the community learnt that the event would have just two days of action in front of a live crowd.
The announcement has stirred up the /r/dota2 community who picked up their pitchforks at once saying that the biggest Dota 2 tournament of the year (apart from The International) should have a longer Main Stage duration, considering what’s at stake (2250 DPC points and $1.5 Million in prize money)
The dates and format of the event have been made available to the Chinese fans via the dota2.cn website. It mentions that there will be two stages of the playoffs, The first stage of the main event will take place on June 6-7 and the second stage of the playoffs from June 9-10. Which indicates that there might an ESL One: Katowice esque situation where half the playoffs will be conducted in front of a crowd, while the other half will be conducted behind closed doors.
The group stage will take place from June 2-5. The group stage will consist of two groups of 8 teams each in a single-game series round robin. Only the top four teams from each group will advance to the main event, which will be a double elimination bracket. It isn't clear whether any of the playoff matches will be single-game series.
From a financial standpoint, holding just the last two days in the main stage makes a lot of sense for Perfect World. We've seen many events which had a weak turnout on weekdays but a packed house on weekends, so maybe this time we’ll avoid the ‘Riki Crowd’ syndrome.