The ESL explained its reasoning Wednesday for some of the changes made to the upcoming ESL One Birmingham Major tournament.
The number of teams in the tournament went down from 16 to 12. ESL explains that it had planned to hold the tournament in Manila, the Philippines, as it had previous success there. Local policy changes, though, led ESL to move the tournament to Birmingham. That added a day of travel for many Asian teams and brought the number of days available for the tournament from six to five. Thus, ESL cut the number of teams to have enough time for group stages.
That change means the tournament will have three groups rather than two. The third place for each group will be decided in a best-of-one match instead of best-of-three because, according to ESL, "
The changes to the Birmingham Major seem to be due to logistical issues and accommodating as many teams as possible. Therefore, a streamlined tournament format may not be possible for many organizations.
ESL One Birmingham will take place from May 25-27, in Birmingham, England. The event features 12 teams that will be fighting for their share of a $1 million prize pool. This tournament is the first Dota 2 Major to be held in the United Kingdom.
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