Launched officially on the 18th of June, with The International 2018 qualifiers as their first coverage project, Maincast grew quickly in the CIS fans preferences. The studio was founded by Vitali “v1lat” Volochai and Andrey “x3m4eg” Grygoriev, two important figures in Russian Dota 2 community.
After an absolute blast with the TI8 qualifiers and main event coverage, which included English content produced by v1lat, Maincast is venturing now in organizing Dota 2 tournaments as well, starting with an $80,000 online event.
Maincast Autumn Brawl will feature teams exclusively from CIS and Europe, but there will be a total of 20, all entering the competition invitation based. However, four invites are more precious than the rest, as these four teams will start the action in the second round of the playoffs single elimination bracket. Virtus.pro are one of the four teams invited straight to the playoffs while Na’Vi will start in the group stage.
Being held online, the tournament has the luxury to stretch across nine days, from October 6 to 14, in two stages. First step is a group stage with 16 teams split into two groups of four, fighting in a best-of-one GSL, double elimination format.
Time to reveal the format of Maincast Autumn Brawl!
Group Stage: 16 teams will be split into 4 groups, and matches will be played in GSL format.
Two best teams from each group will advance to the Playoffs and join 4 directly invited teams. pic.twitter.com/mA2LKkf5s6
— Dota 2 Maincast 🇬🇧 (@dota2mc) September 30, 2018
The top two teams from each group will advance into the single elimination playoffs, joining VP, Na’Vi and two other, yet to be announced teams. Maincast haven’t revealed any other team invited to their event yet, but with the group stage matches scheduled to kick off tomorrow, the full list will be out sooner rather than later.