The first Dota Pro Circuit event of 2019 is about to start! The Bucharest Minor will begin tomorrow, with eight teams competing for $300,000, 500 DPC points and the last slot at The Chongqing Major.
The tournament will begin with a group stage, during which eight participating teams will compete in two double-elimination groups. The teams have been seeded into groups as follows:
|Group A||Group B|
|Ninjas in Pyjamas||EHOME|
|Gambit Esports||BOOM ID|
|TEAM TEAM||Playmakers Esports|
In the Group A opening matches Keen Gaming will play with Ninjas in Pyjamas, while Gambit Esports will compete with TEAM TEAM. In Group B Playmakers will face EHOME, and OG will play with BOOM. The first matches will be played on 8:00 AM (UK Time).
Based on the results of the group stage, two best teams from each group will make it to the next stage. The playoffs stage will feature a double-elimination bracket with all regular matches being best-of-three and the grand finals being best-of-five. The winner of the event will qualify for The Chongqing Major.
It is safe to assume that OG, the current world champions, have the highest chance to win the event. After releasing Per Anders Olsson "Pajkatt" Lille from their roster and acquiring a CIS prodigy Igor "iLTW" Filatov they have a lot to prove – this season OG missed some events and qualified only for the minor. One should not forget also about two Chinese teams Keen Gaming and EHOME. Both teams have a stable roster since September: during this time Keen Gaming managed to emerged victorious at two local tournaments – The China Hope Series 2 and H-Cup Season 12, while EHOME won Asia Pro League, STARLUCK DOTA2 Challenge and qualified for ESL One Katowice 2019. The European team Ninjas in Pyjamas led by the extremely experienced captain Peter "ppd" Dager looks strong on paper, but their recent results are far from being impressive – yes, they started the season by winning our event GG.Bet Invitational Season 1 and placing 4th at The Kuala Lumpur Major, but lately the team failed to qualify for the major and placed 5-6th at LOOT.BET Winter Masters and 3-4th WePlay! Dota 2 Winter Madness. The other team that you should have your eyes on are Gambit Esports, who just few weeks ago had signed Artsiom "fng" Barshack and Alexander "Immersion" Hmelevskoy and already managed to win WePlay Winter Madness, defeating Forward Gaming and Ninjas in Pyjamas in the playoffs and OG in the finals, so the team should be in a good spirit and might keep their momentum on the minor. On this page you can check the odds of each team to win the event.