Guide to the MLG Championship – Columbus: November 22-24

 

Major League Gaming is taking over Columbus, Ohio, for the MLG Championship from November 22-24. The best teams from around the globe will compete in this three-day event and we expect it to be one of the largest in MLG history.  More than $150,000 in prizes are up for grabs with players competing in the first ever Call of Duty®: Ghosts (Xbox 360®) tournament and in MLG’s first International Dota 2 competition.   We’ve assembled an incredible weekend of eSports action and we can’t wait to see how the tournament unfolds.

Whether you’re spectating in person (spectator passes are available in the MLG Online Store) or watching from home via www.MLG.tv, we’ve pulled together all of the information you need in preparation for the Championship.

 

The Tournament Details and Teams:

Call of Duty®: Ghosts (Xbox 360) – $50,000 prize pool, 1st place $20,000

Debuting the newly added Broadcaster Mode, and introducing an all-new option that allows players to customize private matches to eSports rules, the highly acclaimed franchise makes its first competitive appearance at the Championship where 108 teams will compete in the debut Call of Duty®: Ghosts competition.  The Championship bracket includes the top eight teams from the North American (NA) 360 Call of Duty®: Black Ops II Pro Points rankings: compLexity – winners of the MLG Fall Invitational and MLG Spring Championship, UNiTE Gaming, Curse Las Vegas, OpTic Gaming, Team EnVyUs, Team KaLiBeR, Kelevra Fuse, FaZe Competitive, along with the top four teams from the NA and EU 360 Call of Duty®: Ghosts Pro Points rankings to be released on Monday, November 18. These teams will later be joined by 12 teams from the open bracket (four winners bracket & eight losers bracket) for a shot at the $50,000 prize pool.

 

Dota 2 (PC) – More than $108,000 – Fans can directly impact the prize pool until Sunday, November 24 by purchasing the Dota 2 MLG Championship Bundle

MLG’s first international Dota 2 competition will feature the world’s best teams from Europe, China and North America. The Alliance, Na’vi, Fnatic, Evil Geniuses, Team Liquid, Speed Gaming, DK, Sigma.int, and Pretty Boy Swag will compete in one of the most robust International competitions to date. Fans are contributing directly to the prize pool by purchasing the Dota 2 MLG Championship Bundle and have more than doubled what is at stake.  In addition to the prize pool, all NA teams will secure spots in MLG’s 2014 NA Dota 2 League with $210,000 on the line in the first half of 2014. Beginning in early 2014, NA teams will enter league play via MLG: Play that will culminate with a tournament at the MLG Championship in Anaheim, CA, from June 20-22, 2014.

 

Spectator Info – How to Watch in Person:

Location

The tournament is being held at the Greater Columbus Convention Center, Hall D. 400 North High Street, Columbus, Ohio, 43215.

 

Event Times for In-Person Spectators (all ET)

Friday, November 22

10:30am               Check-In Opens

12:30pm               Early admission to the event for VIPs

12:45pm               Exclusive, VIP only behind the scenes tour – meet at the main entrance

1-2pm                    VIP reception in the VIP Lounge – Gift bags, MLG hoodies, limited edition pint glasses and more will be distributed!

2pm                        Doors open to the public

5pm                        Event kicks off – Broadcast begins on www.MLG.tv with the Dr Pepper Pre-Game Show

5:30pm                 Competition begins – all five streams available on www.MLG.tv

Call of Duty: Ghosts All Star Game

Saturday, November 23

10am                     Competition begins in the venue and broadcast begins on www.MLG.tv

 

Sunday, November 24

10am                     Competition begins in the venue and broadcast begins on www.MLG.tv

 

How do I attend as a spectator?                                                      

It’s easy – just buy a General Admission Pass online in the MLG Store. General admission passes are available for the entire weekend for only $35 if you purchase online and prices go up to $50 at the door.

Check In – Pass Pick Up

When you arrive at the venue, just head to the lobby of Hall D in the Greater Columbus Convention Center. We’ll have your spectator or VIP pass reserved under your name and the MLG ID you used to buy it. We’ll search for your name and give you your pass.

What’s happening on site?

As an in-person spectator you get to watch all the matches live and can visit a wide array of booths, meet and greets with the pros, casters and more. Check out the complete list of activities here.

 

Broadcast Info – How to Watch Online at MLG.tv:

The competition will be broadcast online exclusively at MLG.tv beginning Friday, November 22 at 5pm ET.  Fans can watch five streams (two streams for Call of Duty: Ghosts and three streams for Dota 2) all weekend. Broadcast schedules are available here: Call of Duty: Ghosts and Dota 2.

In addition to watching on MLG.tv, Dota 2 fans can watch three streams for free in-game with full spectator-mode access and live commentary, plus have access to Russian and Chinese Language options.

Some of the industry’s most talented eSports personalities will be commentating and reporting on the competition including:

Call of Duty: Ghosts (two streams on MLG.tv): Commentary by Chris “Puckett,” Ryan “Fwiz” Wyatt, John “Revan” Boble, Benjamin “Benson” Bowe, and Alex “Goldenboy” Mendez. Floor reporting by Alex “Jax” Conroy.

Dota 2 (three streams on MLG.tv, plus free in-game viewing):

Stream 1: Commentating by David “LD” Gorman, David “Godz” Parker, Ben “Merlini” Wu and David “Luminous” Zhang. Floor reporting and emcee – Josh “Clutch” Gray.

Stream 2:  Hosted by Capitalist and Bdiz.

Stream 3:  Hosted by Hippie and Clairvoyance.

* Russian and Chinese language options will be available in-game with Vitalii ”v1lat” Volochai on site casting in Russian.