The Shanghai Major

author image by SSG | NEWS | 2 Comments | 22 Feb 2016

 Organizer: Perfect World

Sponsor: Valve

Game Version: 6.86f

Type: Offline

Location: China Shanghai

Format: Group Stage Double-elimination bracket

Prize pool: $3,000,000

Start Date: 2016-03-02

End Date: 2016-03-06

Dota TV Ticket: Free in Dota 2 Client

Liquipedia Tier: Premier Premier Tournament held by Valve

The Shanghai Major (or “Winter Major”) is the second event of Valve’s Dota Major Championships, which will add 3 new publisher-sponsored tournaments each year in addition to The International. The main event takes place at the Mercedes-Benz Arena in Shanghai, China.


  • Group StageFebruary 25th – February 28th, 2016
    • Four groups of four teams
      • Double-elimination format with matches played in a best-of-three.
      • Top two teams in each group advance to upper bracket of the Main Event.
      • Bottom two teams in each group advance to lower bracket of the Main Event.
  • Main EventMarch 2nd – March 6th, 2016
    • Teams are seeded into a double-elimination bracket after the Group Stage.
      • Eight teams begin in the upper bracket, eight in the lower bracket.
      • First two lower bracket games are best of one, Grand Finals are best of five, all others are best of three.

Prize Pool

The prize pool of the tournament was $3,000,000 USD.
The prize pool is split among the participating teams as seen below:

Group A
February 25, 2016
CDEC Gaming/CDEC.DouyuTV CDEC Gaming
MVP/MVP Phoenix MVP Phoenix