Dota 2 Pro Scene

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Dota 2 Tournaments are held often and feature professional or amateur Dota 2 teams from around the globe. These teams compete for a chance to win cash prizes, trophies and bragging rights! Tournaments usually comprise of a base prize pool, but most tournaments increase their prize pool by selling items (bundles, item sets, treasures, compendiums, etc.) at the Dota 2 Store during the event period.

Tournament phases


Teams compete against each other for a spot at the Main Event of the tournament. Qualifiers are usually held online.

Main Event

Qualified teams compete against each other in a single elimination or double elimination bracket for the championship. The Main Event is held on the spot and in a location setup by the organizers.


The Majors

4 tournaments sponsored by Valve Corporation, including The International – the biggest and most awaited tournament each year. These tournaments offer a huge prize pool, Dota 2 compendiums, Dota 2 merchandise, and more.

Premium Tournaments

Offer a significant prize pool sponsored by different organizations and frequently played on LAN.

Major Tournaments

Offer a large prize pool, but are usually one-time events which are held online.

Minor Tournaments

Offer a smaller prize pool and are mostly played online by regional teams.

Qualifying for a Tournament

  • A team must have at least 5 members with a valid steam account.
  • A 6 or 7 player line-up is also recommended in the case of unexpected issues wherein a member of the team cannot play.
  • A team must provide the administration with the following information of all the members:
    -Full names
    -Steam accounts
    -Primary nicknames
    -Assign a team captain and/or manager
    -Clan logo
    -Skype account of the team captain and/or manager
  • A team must officially register their profile on and appear on their database.
  • In case of changes to the team’s data or lineup, the captain or the manager of the team must contact/inform the administration.
  • Stand-ins – Besides having official members, a team can use another player during a match as long as that person is not a member of another team or hasn’t played a game during the competition with another team.
    -The number of stand-ins during a match or the whole competition is specified in each tournament’s rules.
  • A team must comply with the rules and regulations of the tournament, must accept the official schedule of the competition and make sure they’re available during these times.
  • Punctuality is very important in a match. Penalties are given every 5 minutes to the team who’s not ready in time. If more than 20 minutes have passed already, that team must forfeit the game.

Tournament Match Format

Every tournament has its own set of regulations regarding how matches will work throughout the whole event. The format for each tournament is decided by the organizer and goes through different phases.

Open Qualifier

A phase in the tournament where any officially registered professional or amateur team per region (SEA & Oceania, Europe & CIS, China, and Americas) can join. Teams compete in single-elimination matches for a chance to participate in the Regional Qualifiers.

Main Qualifier

The Main Qualifier (Regional Qualifiers) is a phase in the tournament where qualified teams, along with the winner/s from the Open Qualifier, will compete in a double-elimination bracket for a spot in the Main Event.

Main Event

The Main Event is where winning team/s from the Main Qualifier, along with directly invited teams (teams who are automatically qualified for the finals), compete for the championship. The number of teams competing in the Main Event are under the discretion of the organizers, but there are only 4 teams during the semi-finals, and only 2 teams will compete in the finals.

Tournament Match Structures

Group Stage

Teams are divided into 2 groups and compete with other teams which belong in their group. Top (n) teams advance to the upper bracket of the Main Event, while bottom (n) teams advance to the lower bracket.

Upper/Lower Bracket

The upper bracket consists of teams who have advanced after winning all their matches, while the lower bracket consists of losing teams who are given a second chance to compete in the tournament after losing their previous match.

Round robin

Teams must compete against all the other teams in the tournament. A team or teams advance/s to the next phase according to the number of wins that they have.


A team that loses in a single-elimination match will not qualify for the next round/stage, and is out of the tournament.


A team that loses is given another chance to participate in the tournament by competing against other teams in the lower bracket of the tournament.

Top Teams in Dota 2

Professional team rankings in Dota 2 often change from time to time. They are based on ratings which depend on the team’s performance in recent matches and/or tournaments. There are Regional team rankings and Global team rankings.

As of October 16, 2015 the top 5 teams are as follows:

Team Secret

Team Secret is a European team formed by team captain Clement Ivanov (Puppey) back in 2014. The team was originally made up of players from 3 other famous Dota 2 teams during the post-TI4 shuffle where the team won 1st place in various Premier and Major tournaments.
The team placed 8th in The International 5, and due to unknown reasons, the team made a huge roster change leaving Puppey as the sole member of the team. The current lineup is now made up of Clement Ivanov (still the team’s captain), Jacky Mao (EternalEnvy), Aliwi Omar (w33), Rasmus Filipsen (Misery) and Johan Astrom (pieliedie). The team have yet to join several tournaments, but have won their first tournament as 2nd placers in ESL One New York 2015.

LGD Gaming

LGD Gaming is a Chinese team formed back in 2011. The team has won a series of tournaments, but one of their most important achievements was winning 3rd place during The International 2012, a year after their team was just formed.

The team has made a number of changes in their lineup, but their current roster is stronger than ever as Bai Fan (rOtk) has joined LGD Gaming after leaving EHOME. Their lineup is made up of Bai Fan as their team captain, Liu Jiajun (Sylar), Lu Yao (Maybe), Lei Zengrong (MMY!) and Liang Faming (DDC). LGD has yet to join any tournaments after placing 3rd in The International 2015.

Evil Geniuses

Evil Geniuses, or EG, is a North American team formed back in 2011. The team has won 1st place in various Premier and Major tournaments during the year 2014-2015. Their current lineup consists of Peter Dager (ppd) as their team captain, Clinton Loomis (Fear), Syed Sumail Hassan (Sumail), Saahil Arora (Universe) and Artour Babaev (Arteezy).

The team has faced a lot of criticism from the public after kicking their former team member Kurtis Ling (Aui_2009) from the roster after winning as grand champions in The International 2015. Currently, the team has entered only 1 tournament after TI5 where they placed 8th (last).


Ehome is a Chinese team and one of the oldest professional teams in the Dota 2 scene. The team has entered various Premier tournaments, but their biggest achievement was placing 2nd in The International 2011.
The team has faced a series of roster changes, but their current lineup now consists of Zhi Cheng Zhang (LaNm), Tian Yu Chen (Cty), Zhiyong Wang (oldchicken), Hu Langzhi (KAKA) and Yang Wei Ren (eLeVeN).


Cloud9, or C9, is a newly formed North American team which made its debut back in 2014. The team has won a few Major and Minor tournaments as 1st place, but has yet to win any premier tournaments as champions. The team has been dubbed as “The Eternal 2nd Placers”, as they end up only in 2nd place in most of the tournaments they have joined.

After placing 10th in The International 2015, the team has had a major roster change, leaving Cloud9 with no members left. Last September, Cloud9 announced their new roster which included Team Secret’s previous coach Theeban Silva (1437), who is now the team’s captain, along with team members’ Ravi Kodippili (Ritsu), Braxton Paulson (Brax), Arif Anwar (MSS) and Avery Silverman (SVG). Although the team has yet to win any Premier and Major tournaments, they’ve won their first minor tournament (BTS Americas #2) as champions.