WePlay! Pushka League Season 2 adds a 3rd division and brand-new format|Dot Esports
The WePlay! Pushka League is back for another season. However this time, it’s including a third department of Dota 2 teams and changing up its preliminary format.
For the 2nd season, there will be 3 areas, three divisions, and a slightly different format for each, starting with Europe and the Americas on Aug. 13.
Europe will when again be the most significant region of Pushka League, integrating EU and CIS into a 16-team group stage for Department 1. The three finest groups from each group will advance to the Super Finals, with a play-in phase occurring for fourth and fifth-place teams to see who else will make it in.
The Super Finals will be a double-elimination bracket with a $210,000 reward swimming pool. All teams that make it that far will be locked in for a Division 1 area in Pushka League season three.
For Department 2, two groups of 4 will play for a chance to make it into Department 1 next season. The top two teams from each group will play in a relegation bracket versus all of the non-Super Finals qualifiers from Division 1. The top 8 teams will move into Department 1 for season 3, while the staying teams will be relegated to Division 2.
The transfer bracket will likewise have a $50,000 prize pool.
Division 3 is the most recent addition to Pushka League, with eight teams getting in through open qualifiers and the top four teams at the end of the group stage playing against the bottom finishers of Division 2 in another transfer bracket. The top four teams from that bracket will split a $5,000 prize swimming pool and move up to Division 2 for the next season.
North and South America have been integrated into a single area again, while China and Southeast Asia have been merged into a single Asian area for the first time. Both areas will host 12 groups with practically identical rules for the Super Finals and relegation brackets for each Division, simply scaled for the number of groups are actually completing.
Here’s the reward swimming pool breakdown for the Americas and Asia in each of the Department brackets.
There’s no Department 3 for either of the smaller regions and no set dates have been offered for when the Asian region will begin the competition. Europe and America will play from Aug. 13 to Sept. 13, with more details about teams, broadcasting, and other details coming later on this summertime.