A field composed of 16 teams from all around the globe, divided into two eight-team divisions based on their geographic location.
A full round-robin, all best-of-three format which guarantees that the D2L will remain the most deeply competitive and well rounded event in existence, from group stage to grand finals.
A return of our bubble race playoff system, which was immensely popular with our viewership both for the novelty it offered, as well as the drama of a win-or-go-home scenario taking place in every round.
An excellent in-game ticket package featuring the gorgeous legendary item, Cosmic Reliquary, as well as access to between 120 and 200 of the best games of Dota 2.
A free to attend four-team LAN final which will feature the best 4 of those 16 teams going toe to toe in the heart of Sin City, all amidst the pageantry and excitement of the world's premier electronics trade show, CES 2015 on January 5th and 6th.
But, as always, there were ways in which we wanted to improve to better sharpen our product and viewing experience for everyone.
To that end, tweaks to our format and administration this season include
Expanded cooperative effort to avoid overlaps with other events, such as Starladder, D2CL, Dreamhack, and various other Chinese organizers.
Ultra-condensed regular season format to deliver our content not only on a time-table which makes sense for us and our viewers, but which allows teams more flexibility to participate in other tournaments and events around the world.
More space and production support for our LAN finals in Vegas, which will now accommodate more live spectators and, if all goes to plan, have plenty of merch for purchase by all those in attendance.
And as always, we'll be doing everything we can to deliver a top quality production with striking audio, dazzling video and graphics, and a stable and consistent stream.
This fifth season of D2L, just like all of those before it, could not and would not be possible without the generous and tireless support from the best community in eSports. Thank you all for allowing us to be here, and we hope this season lives up to your expectations and delivers the viewing experience you all deserve.
See you in the stream... and in Vegas!
16 teams from across the world.
$50,000 base prize pool, another $50,000 in travel funds for teams
Four team, double elimination LAN Finals at Caesar's Palace in Las Vegas, Nevada - January 5th and 6th
Admission to LAN Finals will be FREE for all in attendance on a first come, first serve basis
Ticket bundle to include the new Faceless Void weapon, Cosmic Reliquary
Prizepool increase of 25% from all ticket sales
Prize Pool Breakdown:
1st Place: $25,000 + 20% prizepool increase
2nd Place: $15,000 + 15%
3rd Place: $7,500 + 12.5%
4th Place: $2,500 + 12.5%
Eastern Bubble Race Finals Loser: 10%
Western Bubble Race Finals Loser: 10%
Remaining Bubble Race Losers: 5% each
Divisional Play Format:
Two Divisions, East and West
Sixteen teams, eight per division
Divisional round robin - each team plays each other team once, all Bo3
Top finisher in each division qualifies directly to Vegas
2nd-5th place finishers go to bubble race playoff
Bubble Race Playoff Format:
One playoff per division
All Bo3 with Bo5 final
Playoff opens with divisions 5th place finisher vs 4th place finisher, winner faces 3rd place, and etc.
Each division's playoff winner joins the division's 1st place finisher in Vegas