WePlay! Tug of War: Dire — everything you need to know

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WePlay! Tug of War: Dire announcement

The War of the Ancients enters a new era.

Fans of the WePlay! Dota 2 tournaments, rejoice! We’ve got great news as the story of Tug of War is about to continue.

The Ancient awakens on May 28, and the battle will come to a conclusion on June 2 when Dire will have not one – but two champions!


This time we won’t have any boring group stages – instead, we’ll divide contenders from America and Asia into two separate Single Elimination brackets within our new innovative format. Each bracket will feature a dozen of experienced teams.

Eight teams will be directly invited for the first round of the coming standoff, while four chosen teams will bypass the early stage and start their tournament performance with quarterfinals right away.

All the matches, not including the final ones, will be played in a Best of 3 format. The winner of each bracket will be determined during the grand finals in the demanding Best of 5 format. Both the champions of Tug of War: Dire will be granted with quotas for the anticipated LAN-finals WePlay! Tug of War: Mad Moon.

Prize Pool

The prize pool for WePlay! Tug of War: Dire is $30,000. Both the victorious teams will receive $6,000 each; 3rd-4th places in both brackets will be awarded $2,000, while two most valuable players (one from America and one from Asia) will have $5,000 each.

Most Valuable Players

MVPs will be determined in two phases:

1) The online audience will be able to vote via weplay.tv during the tournament days.

2) After each Super Final, a jury that consists of our talent crew will vote on the players, chosen by viewers.



South America 

  1. Infamous (semifinals)
  2. paiN Gaming (semifinals)
  3. Gorillaz Pride 
  4. SKOL
  5. EgoBoys
  6. FreeStyle

North America

  1. J.Storm (semifinals)
  2. Team Xolotl
  3. Vega Academy 
  4. beastcoast 
  5. Black Sheep
  6. Nic Cage



  1. Mineski (semifinals)
  2. Neon Esports
  3. Geek Fam 
  4. EVOS Esports
  5. Boom ID


  1. EHOME (semifinals)
  2. Royal Never Give Up (semifinals)
  3. Invictus Gaming
  4. Royal
  5. Team Serenity 
  6. Newbee


May 28, Tuesday

23:00 CEST (14:00 PDT) — Preshow 

00:00 CEST (15:00 PDT) — Team Anvorgesa vs Gorillaz Pride

03:00 CEST (18:00 PDT)— Team Xolotl vs Vega Academy

06:00 CEST (21:00 PDT) — Geek Fam vs EVOS Esports

09:00 CEST (00:00 PDT) — Invictus Gaming vs Royal

The games will be broadcasted on our official Twitch channel: https://www.twitch.tv/weplaydota 

Useful Links

Day 1 Recap

Day 2 Recap

Here is why you want to follow the tournament

Tug of War: Rise of the Dire. Prologue


Tug of War: Dire list of participants announcement

Tug of War trilogy will end with a LAN final

Tug of War: Dire teaser

WePlay! Tug of War: Dire international talent crew announcement


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