Mars Media take a different approach from most of the tournaments schedule and will kick off the playoffs with the first two upper bracket rounds. Also as a novelty, those two rounds will still be played behind closed doors while the main event will become available for the live audience on Thursday.
Held in the Hunan International Convention and Exhibition Center from Changsha, China, MDL Major will give the teams playing the bo1 first lower bracket round two days to prepare for their elimination match. Both lower bracket matchups will be played in front of the crowd and will feature four Chinese teams: Invictus Gaming vs Newbee and PSG.LGD vs iG.Vitality.
Day two in the group stage brought a few surprises. OG won all their series and pushed themselves in the playoffs upper bracket quarterfinals in group A while PSG.LGD tied their series against Mineski and lost 0:2 to both Vici Gaming and VGJ.Storm in group B thus ended up in the lower bracket. The two biggest winners of the group stage are Team Secret, who claimed the top seed in Group A, and Vici Gaming winners of group B.
Day 2 of #MDLChangsha Major and the Group Stage has finished! We say goodbye to Vega Squadron & Infamous, and to our remote casters @breakycpk @TrentPax & @Xyclopzz for their work during the group stage. Playoffs begin tomorrow – who will go to the Upper Bracker Finals? pic.twitter.com/c0ISNh9yLA
— Beyond the Summit (@BeyondTheSummit) May 15, 2018
The first day in the playoffs will commence at 10:00 local time, 19:00 PDT/04:00 CEST with the upper bracket quarterfinals VGJ.Storm vs OG followed by Mineski vs TNC Predator.