All PGL Arlington Major Participants Have Been Finalized
After having witnessed increased levels of competitiveness across all six regions for the past six weeks, the 18 participants of the PGL Arlington Major 2022, the final Major of the Dota Pro Circuit (DPC) of 2021-22, have finally been determined. In accordance with Valve's slot allocations, four teams each qualified from Western Europe (WEU) and China, three each from Eastern Europe (EEU) and Southeast Asia (SEA), and two each from North America (NA) and South America (SA). These 18 teams will be competing from 4th to 14th August at the Esports Stadium Arlington which is located in Texas, United States.
The 18 teams that have qualified for the PGL Arlington Major
The 18 teams who qualified for the PGL Arlington Major are listed below:
Royal Never Give Up (China)
Team Aster (China)
Xtreme Gaming (China)
Tundra Esports (WEU)
Team Liquid (WEU)
BOOM Esports (SEA)
Talon Esports (SEA)
Team Spirit (EEU)
Evil Geniuses (NA)
Quincy Crew (NA)
Thunder Awaken (SA)
Calculations from Liquipedia indicate that only four teams are mathematically qualified to compete in The International 11 (TI11), which are PSG.LGD, TSM, OG, and Thunder Awaken. Due to TSM's absence, the other 15 teams must perform well at the Major in order to earn the DPC points required to gain a direct invitation as there are only eight more direct invites to be won.
These 18 teams will compete in the PGL Arlington Major for a share of the $500K USD prize pool and 4570 DPC points. DPC points and prize money will be awarded only to the top eight teams.
In a round-robin format with Bo2 series, the 18 teams will be divided into two groups of nine each. The top four teams in each group shall advance to the upper bracket of the playoffs, while the fifth and sixth place teams move to the lower bracket. In each group, the remaining three teams will be eliminated.
There will be double elimination brackets for the remaining 12 teams in the playoffs. Only the grand final will be a Bo5 series. All other series will be Bo3.
Due to certain aspects such as the Russian invasion of Ukraine, it is uncertain whether all 18 teams will be able to travel to the Arlington Major with their full rosters.
The PGL Arlington Major, which brings Majors back to North American soil after the Boston Major in 2016, is the most important event of the year yet, since many teams' TI11 chances are at stake. It will be known by the end of this event which are the 12 teams that shall receive direct invites to TI11 taking place in Singapore in the month of October.