Here’s a quick rundown of the tournament.

Presented by Moonduck TV and DotaCinema, Captain’s Draft is the first Dota 2 Pro Circuit event of the year. Qualifying points (150 for 1st place, 90 for 2nd and 30 for semi-finalists) and a $300,000 total prize pool are up for grabs at the LAN tournament in Washington DC this week.

Interestingly, the LAN will be played in the Captain’s Draft game mode – meaning teams will only be picking from a randomized pool of 27 heroes (9 strength, 9 agility, 9 intelligence), and with a randomized first pick and ban order. This also means that heroes that are not yet in Captain’s Mode (Pangolier, Dark Willow and Techies) will also possibly be available in the draft.

The Group Stage to determine seeding will take place in a GSL format with two groups of four, in best-of-one brackets. The groups are assigned as follows:

Group Horse:

  • Team Secret
  • Team Empire
  • Vici Gaming
  • Mineski

Group Hippo:

  • Evil Geniuses
  • OG
  • compLexity Gaming
  • paiN Gaming

The playoffs will then play out in a single-elimination, best-of-three bracket, with the Grand Finals as a best-of-five.

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