Quick Rules

Tournament Restrictions
Only teams from Europe, Africa and CIS are allowed to participate.

Tournament Rules:
  • Game Mode: Best of One
  • Mode: Captains Mode
  • First pick and side choosing: The team at the left side of the match page chooses the side (Radiant or Dire), the team on the right side chooses the drafting order
  • Game Version: Tournament

When do I play my games?
At the top of the page you can see the schedule for each round. The teams need to play their round between the start of that round and 2 hours before the start of the next round (for example, round 1 can be played between Friday, 19 CEST and Monday, 17 CEST). We recommend you to play the matches at the time the round starts. This will make your game experience better. All matches that are not played until the end of the round will be closed.
Important Notice:
It's not mandatory to play at default time. However, it's mandatory to suggest a new date at least until 1 hour after the default time.
I.e. an alternative date to play must be presented until 20:00 CEST of the day that round starts. This doesn't mean that the match date must be agreed by both teams within this time frame, only that an alternative date must be given if you can't play at default time.
Make sure you use the ESL match chat on the bottom right side of the page in order to communicate with your opponents. If you can't communicate with your opponent, please open a Protest ticket.

What happens if a team doesn't play at default time and fails to present alternative date?
In case a team is not able to play on the default date and does not communicate an alternative date within the 1 hour time frame given, that team will get a default loss of the match.

What happens if a team doesn't answer my messages or if we can't agree with a match date?
When you are having issues with your match please open a protest ticket using the Cup Widget on the right side of the page in order to get in touch with an admin. The admin will help you with your issue.

What if the the teams can't agree with a new schedule?
In case teams cannot agree with a match date, the team with the most availability will get a default win of the match.

Inactivity Points: what are they?
Teams that do not show up to their rounds will get a inactivity point. When a team gets 3 inactivity points, they will get disqualified from the pre-season qualifier.

What happens if I am disqualified from this competition?
Signing up to the pre-season qualifier gives you access to the first season of the Dota 2 Major League. Being disqualified from the pre-season qualifier removed that sign-up, so if you are disqualified from the pre-season qualifier you will need to sign-up here.


Every participant gets direct access to the Dota 2 Major League. The top 248 teams will be placed on the divisions using the following distribution:
Standing Placement
medal_gold_3.png 1-8. Division 1
medal_silver_3.png 9-24. Division 2
medal_bronze_3.png 25-56. Division 3
medal_grey.png 57-120. Division 4
medal_grey.png 121-248. Division 5
medal_grey.png 249-... Starter Division
For more information, please check the Major League page.


Looking for your opponents or need help? During the tournament join ESL Dota 2 on Discord or open a support ticket.

Match related issues must be handled via match protest.


Is this your first time? Here are the important steps:

  • Follow the instructions on the right to sign up and check in
  • If check in is enabled, make sure to check in on time
  • Wait for your first match to show up on the right
  • Get in contact with your opponent and play the match
  • Enter the result and ask your opponent to confirm
  • Wait for your next match

Still need help? During the cup, use chat if it is available, otherwise please contact support.

Match related issues must be handled via match protest.