Dota 2’s next massive tournament will be towards the end of the year, and it will play out in a different way to many we’ve seen before. The Boston Major, at the Wang Theatre in Boston, USA, will run a BO3 single-elimination Bracket across a four-day main event beginning December 7, with seeding determined via a group stage on the 3rd and 4th. Previous tournaments have ran a six day event with a double elimination bracket. You can see the hype video for the tournament above.
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The location, choice of venue and format change have all come under scrutiny. Past Majors have followed The International’s formula leading to very long game days and a huge amount of games, but also some of Dota 2’s biggest stories. EG’s classic lower bracket comebacks, OG’s lower bracket run at Frankfurt 2015 and Digital Chaos doing similar at TI6 - nevermind dozens of hyper-tense elimination games over the years - all were thanks for that other format.