Our essential guide to following this week's action at the Bucharest Major 2018
Our Dota 2: Bucharest Major guide contains the schedule, match results, stream details and VOD c atch-up options.
The Dota 2 Bucharest Major is currently under way in – as you’ve guessed – Bucharest, Romania right now and sixteen of the world’s very best Dota 2 teams are competing not just for a share of the $1,000,000 prize pool, but also some precious points for the Dota Pro Circuit (DPC).
We’ve put this guide together to ensure you have access to every last bit of information to do with the tournament, and we’ll be updating it regularly over the coming days and as matches conclude.
As results come in we’ll be popping them into the relevant section on this page (with spoiler tags), and will also add in any video on demand (VOD) that we can track down for those matches that have finished.
Use the following links to quickly navigate to the section you’re most interested in right now!
1. Schedule and Results – Dates, start times and match details for each round.
2. Stream – Jump straight into an English-language stream of every match.
3. Format – An overview of the format for play during the Bucharest Major.
4. Teams – A snapshot of all sixteen teams taking part in this week’s tournament.
5. Rewards – Financial and DPC rewards for the various finishing positions.
Dota 2 Bucharest Major 2018 Schedule and Results
The action at this year’s Bucharest Major takes place across seven days. Here’s a breakdown of what’s taken place so far (with results behind spoiler tags), and we’ll be adding in the next day’s detail shortly.
If you want to dive straight into the catch-up video for matches that have already concluded, you can jump to each day’s action using these links:
- Day 1 Catch up (Sunday March 4th)
- Day 2 Catch up (Monday March 5th)
- Day 3 Catch up (Tuesday March 6th)
- Day 4 Catch up (Wednesday March 7th)
- Day 5 Catch up (Friday March 9th)
- Day 6 Catch up (Saturday March 10th)
(Note that all times are provided in Eastern European Time. PST is ten hours behind, EST seven, GMT two, and CEST is one hour behind.)
Sunday 4th March – Round 1
|Team Liquid v LGD||10:00||1:0||VOD|
|Team Secret v compLexity||11:30||1:0||VOD|
|Evil Geniuses v Pain||13:00||1:0||VOD|
|Virtus Pro v OpTic||14:30||0:1||VOD|
|Mineski v TNC||16:00||0:1||VOD|
|Vici Gaming v VGJ||17:30||0:1||VOD|
|Natus Vincere v OG||19:00||0:1||VOD|
|Newbee v Vega Squadron||20:30||1:0||VOD|
Monday 5th March – Round 2
|TNC v Optic||10:00||1:0||VOD|
|compLexity v Mineski||11:30||1:0||VOD|
|Team Liquid v Evil Geniuses||13:00||0:1||VOD|
|Team Secret v VGJ||14:30||0:1||VOD|
|Newbee v OG||16:00||1:0||VOD|
|LGD Virtus Pro||17:30||0:1||VOD|
|Natus Vincere v Vega Squadron||19:00||1:0||VOD|
|Pain v Vici Gaming||20:30||1:0||VOD|
Tuesday 6th March – Round 3
|Virtus Pro v Natus Vincere||10:00||1:0||VOD|
|Team Secret v Pain||11:30||1:0||VOD|
|Vici Gaming v LGD||13:00||1:0||VOD|
|Team Liquid v compLexity||14:30||0:1||VOD|
|Mineski v Vega Squadron||16:00||1:0||VOD|
|VGJ v TNC Pro Team||17:30||1:0||VOD|
|Evil Geniuses v Newbee||19:00||1:0||VOD|
|OpTic v OG||20:30||1:0||VOD|
Wednesday 7th March – Rounds 4 and 5
|Team Liquid v Vici Gaming||10:00||1:0||VOD|
|compLexity v Newbee||11:30||0:1||VOD|
|Natus Vincere v Pain||13:00||1:0||VOD|
|OG v Mineski||14:30||1:0||VOD|
|Virtus Pro v TNC||16:00||1:0||VOD|
|Team Secret v OpTic||17:30||1:0||VOD|
|OG v Team Liquid||19:00||0:1||VOD|
|compLexity v OpTic||20:30||0:1||VOD|
|Natus Vincere v TNC||22:00||1:0||VOD|
Friday 9th March – Quarterfinals 1-3
|QF1 – VGJ v TNC||11:00||2:1||VOD|
|QF2 – Newbee v Team Secret||14:30||2:0||VOD|
|QF3 – Evil Geniuses v Team Liquid||18:00||1-2||VOD|
Saturday 10th March – Quarterfinal 4 and Semifinals
|QF4 – Virtus Pro v OpTic||11:00||2:0||VOD|
|SF1 – Newbee v VGJ||14:30||0:2||VOD|
|SF2 – Team Liquid v Virtus Pro||18:00||1:2||VOD|
Sunday 11th March – Final
|Final – VGJ v Virtus Pro||14:00||0:3||VOD|
Dota 2 Bucharest Major 2018 Stream
The Dota 2 Bucharest Major is being streamed on Twitch. We’ve embedded the English-language channel for you right here:
Dota 2 Bucharest Major 2018 Format
There are two stages to the Bucharest Major. Here’s the lowdown on how each one works:
Bucharest Major Group Stage
The first part of the event sees players competing against one another to determine the eight best teams that will advance to the second stage.
- The sixteen teams will first of all play in a 5-round Swiss format.
- Each match is played as a best-of-one affair, before the next round gets under way.
- The eight best-performing teams will move on to the Playoffs (detailed below).
Bucharest Major Playoff Stage
Once the top eight teams have been determined in the group stages, the competition moves into the playoff stage. Here’s how that works:
- For the playoff stages, teams are first of all seeded into a single-elimination bracket.
- The matches are then played in a best-of-three format, with the exception of the final which is best-of-five.
The fine details of how teams are seeded and scored is rather tricky to quickly articulate, but there’s an excellent guide to the nitty-gritty of it all over on Liquipedia.
Just be mindful that there are quite a few spoilers towards the bottom of that page, so careful scrolling if you’re looking to catch-up on any matches you’ve missed.
Dota 2 Bucharest Major 2018 Teams
There are sixteen teams taking part in the Bucharest Major. Some of these teams are in the tournament by invitation, while others have made it in on the basis of qualification success elsewhere.
Here’s a look at both categories, with teams listed alphabetically in each case:
- compLexity Gaming
- Evil Geniuses
- LGD Forever Young
- Natus Vincere
- Team Liquid
- Team Secret
- Vici Gaming
- Virtus Pro
- OpTic Gaming
- Pain Gaming
- TNC Pro Team
- Vega Squadron
- VGJ Thunder
Dota 2 Bucharest Major 2018 Rewards
A combination of cash prizes and Dota Pro Circuit points are available for participants. Here’s how the rewards will be broken down:
|Place||Prize Money||DPC points|