This coming weekend, the Mega8 Esports Dota 2 Winter Cup reaches its climax as the final eight teams face off for the cash money up for grabs.

The tournament will be a double elimination tournament with the winner’s bracket playing out as a best of three, while the loser’s bracket will generally be best of one. The grand final will see the teams battle over five maps until one stands tall.

The prize pool totals R50,000 with the winning team securing R25,000, second place R12,500, third R7,500 and the fourth R5,000.

The action kicks off at 6pm on Friday 26 May and continues until the final on Sunday which starts at 3:30pm.

The schedule over the weekend is as follows:


  • 6pm: Game 1 (Quarter Final) and Game 2 (Quarter Final)
  • 9pm: Game 3 (Quarter Final) and Game 4 (Quarter Final)


  • 11am: Game 5 (Losers Bracket Round 1) and Game 6 (Losers Bracket Round 1)
  • 12:30pm: Game 7 (Semi Finals) and Game 8 (Semi Finals)
  • 4pm: Game 9 (Losers Bracket Round 2) and Game 10 (Losers Bracket Round 2)
  • 5:30pm: Game 11 (Losers Bracket Round 3)
  • 7pm: Game 12 (Winners Bracket Final)


  • 12pm: Game 13 (Losers Bracket Final)
  • 3:30pm: Game 14 (Grand Final)

The matches will be streamed live to two YouTube channels (channel 1 and channel 2), as well via the Ginx TV and Ginx TV Twitch Channel. Mega8 Esports recently announced their broadcast partnership with Ginx TV, which by all accounts marks the first full live event to be streamed by the recently launched service in SA.

If you’re keen to get in a little hype building, you can catch some interviews with players participating this weekend here.

The eight teams that will square off this weekend are:

After last weekend’s VS Gaming Masters Cup win, White Rabbit Gaming must surely be favorites for this one, but Bravado Gaming didn’t participate in the Masters making them an almost unknown entity currently. One can’t count out some of the other teams either as it’s pretty likely they will have learnt a few things after last weekend’s tournament. Whatever the outcome, it should be another good weekend of Dota 2 action for local fans.

If you’re looking for more coverage from our very own Chris “@SargonDotA2” House you can head here to his ‘Road to the Main Event’ article on Mega8’s site.