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The first Dota Major of the year, the ESL One Stockholm Major, is about to kick off in a few days.  After the first Dota Major got cancelled, Dota fans are now clamoring to get their hands on the first live event of the Dota Pro Circuit (DPC) 2022.

The ESL One Stockholm Major aims to bring the 18 best Dota teams in the world together to compete for glory and DPC points. Despite the goal of inviting every region, this time, only the 14 best teams in the world are joining.

Due to rising COVID-19 cases in China, the top four Chinese teams (PSG.LGD, Xtreme Gaming, Team Aster and RNG) were unable to attend the event. The region played each other in a regional final instead to determine the spread of DPC points.

What is the format of the ESL One Stockholm Major?

The format for the Major will be a round-robin group stage that splits all the teams into two groups before transitioning into a double-elimination playoff bracket. In the group stage, each game is best of two. The top four teams from each group advance to the upper bracket of the playoffs while the fifth and sixth place teams from each group advance to the lower bracket of the playoffs and the remaining teams are eliminated. The group stage will run from Thursday to Sunday and will feature the following teams:

The playoff format will be double-elimination, and each game will be a best of three until the grand final, which is a best of five. The playoffs will run from May 16-22.

How to watch the action

The Major will feature two main broadcasts, Spanish and English. Throughout the group stages, there will be three simultaneous streams in order to catch all the action. Fans will be able to tune in through ESL One’s A, B or C streams starting at 3 a.m. ET. The Spanish stream will run on the ESB Dota channel.

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