After an exciting series of matches in the wild card of the WePlay AniMajor, we now have the two teams that will be qualifying for the group stage. Vici Gaming and Nigma outperformed all other teams, as they showed the most consistent and comprehensive performances in a very competitive wild card round. Vici Gaming and Nigma now join six other teams in the group stage. The BO2 round-robin group stage will be held from June 4-7, 2021. A total of 28 series will be played between these eight teams in the WePlay AniMajor group stage following which six teams will move to the playoffs while the remaining two get eliminated.
Here is some more detailed information on the teams competing in the AniMajor group stage, the format, and the schedule.
The wild card will be held on June 4-7, 2021. On June 4 and 5, two matches will take place simultaneously throughout the day.
|June 4 (Friday)|
|Time||Stream 1||Stream 2|
|7:00 PM||Evil Geniuses vs TNC Predator||Team Liquid vs Beastcoast|
|9:00 PM||PSG.LGD vs Beastcoast||Team Spirit vs Evil Geniuses|
|11:00 PM||ViCi Gaming vs Team Liquid||Nigma vs PSG.LGD|
|1:00 AM||ViCi Gaming vs TNC Predator||Team Spirit vs Nigma|
|June 5 (Saturday)|
|Time||Stream 1||Stream 2|
|7:00 PM||Team Spirit vs ViCi Gaming||Evil Geniuses vs Beastcoast|
|9:00 PM||Team Liquid vs Nigma||TNC Predator vs Beastcoast|
|11:00 PM||Evil Geniuses vs ViCi Gaming||Team Spirit vs PSG.LGD|
|01:00 AM||PSG.LGD vs Team Liquid||TNC Predator vs Nigma|
|June 6 (Sunday)|
|7:00 PM||PSG.LGD vs TNC Predator||ViCi Gaming vs Beastcoast|
|9:00 PM||PSG.LGD vs Evil Geniuses||Nigma vs ViCi Gaming|
|11:00 PM||Team Liquid vs TNC Predator||Team Spirit vs Beastcoast|
|01:00 AM||Nigma vs Evil Geniuses||Team Spirit vs Team Liquid|
On June 7, only one series will be played at a time.
|June 7 (Monday)|
|06:00 PM||PSG.LGD vs ViCi Gaming|
|08:00 PM||Team Spirit vs TNC Predator|
|10:00 PM||Nigma vs Beastcoast|
|00:00 AM||Team Liquid vs Evil Geniuses|
12 teams will compete in the double-elimination playoffs. All matches except for the Grand Finals will be BO3s. The Grand Finals will be a BO5 series.
It has already been a mind-blowing experience to witness top-tier Dota 2 action in the wild card of the WePlay AniMajor. In contrast to the Singapore Major wild card, which was quite one-sided, AniMajor's wild card has proven to be extremely competitive. With Execration, AS Monaco Gambit, Team Secret, and Invictus Gaming out, the remaining 14 teams will now be competing for the lion’s share of the $500,00 USD prize pool and 2700 DPC points. While the teams are currently practicing in the hotel rooms, the playoffs are expected to take place at the WePlay Esports Arena in Kyiv, Ukraine.
At the end of the WePlay AniMajor, we will have the final list of 12 teams that receive a direct invite to TI10.