MATUMBAMAN Talks About the Changes to Stockholm Major’s Format
There will be no wild card round for the upcoming ESL One Stockholm Major 2022, and all 18 teams competing will be directly invited to the group stage, contrary to the previous two Majors which involved the wild card round, the group stage, and playoffs. Team Liquid's carry Lasse Aukusti "MATUMBAMAN" Urpalainen shared his thoughts on this Major format change in a recent Dota Pro Circuit (DPC) 2021-22 winner's interview. As MATUMBAMAN put it, this is a better format because it places all participants on an equal footing at the outset, regardless of how they performed in their leagues.
MATUMBAMAN is happy with the change in the format of the Stockholm Major 2022
Team Liquid defeated Nigma Galaxy in the Western Europe (WEU) DPC 2021-22 Tour 2: Division 1 on 12th April for its fourth consecutive series win following which MATUMBAMAN attended the post-match winners' interview. MATUMBAMAN said that the previous format of the Major was "ridiculous" and not particularly suitable for Dota 2 esports. Now, when all teams will compete in the group stage, he added that certain teams will not have an advantage.
“I mean, that is better, yeah. It’s kind of ridiculous (the previous format). It doesn’t really function as well for Dota 2 as it would function for other titles, I think so.
I think that (teams beginning in the group stage) is definitely a bonus because it doesn’t just give a free pass for some teams that did well in the league and then just cashed in the points from automatic placement at the Major.”
In the last two Majors of the DPC, the top teams in the six leagues were invited directly into the upper bracket playoffs of the Major. In turn, they had to win just one series to ensure a place in the top eight and a portion of the DPC points.
The wild card teams, on the other hand, had to play many series to reach the top eight, as demonstrated by Team Liquid's experience at the Singapore Major 2021, where the team played nearly 30 matches in four days and left empty handed - both in terms of DPC points and prize money, after getting eliminated in the group stages.
Despite a slow start during the current Tour, Team Liquid has improved remarkably and is very close to earning that slot in the Stockholm Major. The team, with four wins and two losses so far, has guaranteed itself tiebreakers for one of the four Major slots.
A victory over Gladiators in the final series, however, will guarantee a place in the Major, eliminating the need to play the tiebreakers. MATUMBAMAN is happy to have avoided relegation to Division 2 after the poor start the team had, and he considers earning the Major slot in the near future as a "bonus.”
“I mean, for myself, I am very relaxed like - relegation dodged. No funny business, okay. I don’t care about anything else, you know. Going to the Major is a bonus. Good bonus, I'll take it. So, we’ll just play and try our best. I mean we’ll have an amazing preparation going against Gaimin Gladiators. We are coming for you. We are taking that spot and the victory and you know what? “Yes," MATUMBAMAN replied enthusiastically.
Liquid’s series against Gladiators will take place on 20th April. As well as having major implications for the league's final standings, it will also serve as a revenge series for MATUMBAMAN and his teammates since they had lost to Gladiators in the grand final of the WEU Regional Finals in February.