As the year draws to a close, ReDeYe has at least one more chance to steal some hearts and secure another Dota 2 tournament under his belt. The Frankfurt Major kicks off the first of four Dota Major Championship events which culminate in The International 2016. After hosting ESL One New York City in 2014 and The International in 2015, Paul has become a fan favourite amongst Dota 2 fans.
The Frankfurt Major 2015 will be held at Festhalle Messe in Frankfurt, Germany and will run from the 16th to the 21st of November. This Major marks the first stop on the way to The International, with a fixed prize pool of $3 million and 16 of the best teams from around the world. The group stage will take place on the 13th and 14th of November with a double-elimation format. All rosters were locked by the start of September and, unlike the system for TI5, the winning teams from the various regions did not automatically qualify for the main event. Instead, the teams had to battle their way through Regional qualifiers to secure a place.
ReDeYe will be joining a broadcasting team consisting of 21 of the best and most beloved Dota 2 talent and personalities:
The group stages begin in less that 24 hours and it’s difficult to predict which group is the most anticipated.
Group A seems to be a challenging group, with Evil Geniuses pegged as the favourites to finish their group on top after winning TI5. Virtus.pro, Fanatic and Newbee are all strong teams and are capable of taking games from EG so it will be fascinating to see if they can knock them down a spot.
Group B features the Cinderella story team Unknown, the current underdogs of the group and the first South American team to play at a Valve event. Vici Gaming and OG are likely to be battling it out amongst themselves unless Vega Squadron can throw in a wild card after their win at ESL New York in October.
Group C has Secret tipped as the favourite to take the group and the whole tournament after coming off back-to-back LAN victories. LGD have had some mixed results over the past couple of months but are an experienced team so should be able to fend off Newbee. Young. Although Cloud 9 have had a promising run after TI, establishing themselves as North America’s #2 team, they have recently been on a losing streak so could be shaky against the other teams in this group.
Group D is the dark horse of all 4 of the groups with Ehome and CDEC both struggling with recent results. Alliance has been gaining ground over the last couple of months and could create an upset, knocking the favourites down a peg.
With less than 24 hours until the group stage kicks off, who will secure a place in the finals and who will be sent home with their tails between their legs?
To watch the action live or catch up with the vods, go to the Dota Major Twitch channel.