DC Sports Day

Events DC Partners with Moonduck Studios to Host First-Ever Esports Tournament


Events DC, the official convention and sports authority will partner with Moonduck Studios to host its first-ever esports tournament, Captains Draft 4.0 at the historic DC Armory.  The tournament is scheduled for January 4 – 7, 2018 and is the only public Dota 2 Minor in the United States planned for 2018.

“In partnership with Moonduck Studios, we’re thrilled to host this significant Dota 2 tournament, Captains Draft 4.0 at the DC Armory, currently the only East Coast Dota Minor event scheduled for 2018.  Our commitment to esports is being realized by collaborating with Moonduck and Valve to host this important event and in choosing Washington, DC – as we continue to raise the profile of the esports community here in our nation’s capital,” said Max Brown, Chairman of the Board of Directors for Events DC.  “We plan to stay in forefront of esports opportunities like these, whether at Events DC managed properties or other venues across the District to highlight the city as a future destination for esports and to act as a catalyst for DC’s economic growth and ongoing visitor and entertainment attraction.”

This tournament will feature eight of the top Dota 2 teams from around the world, who will battle it out for $300,000 in prize money.  Additional Dota tournament stakes include 300 points towards qualifying for the International 8. The Captains Draft 4.0 Minor holds the distinction of being the only non-Captains Mode Major or Minor in the history of Dota 2, as well as it being the most successful online tournament series in Dota 2 history.

“Everyone at Moonduck is extremely excited to announce the Captains Draft 4.0 Minor, and our partnership with EventsDC to put on this amazing event. The opportunity for us to hold a Dota 2 Minor in DC wouldn’t be possible without their help and expertise, and we look forward to working with them to bring even more Dota 2 events to the East Coast. Moonduck Studios can’t wait to bring Captains Draft to the big stage in January, and to give fans of Dota 2 and esports great games, coverage, and content, with a few surprises along the way,” said Shannon ‘SUNSfan’ Scotten.

The group stage of this tournament will take place on January 4 and will only be viewable online through the MoonduckTV & DotaCinema broadcast channels. The DC Armory will open to the public from January 5 – 7.  Ticket prices are $20 per day, with the Grand Finals on January 7, priced at $30 for the day.

Participating teams include the following:

  • Direct Invite: Evil Geniuses
  • Direct Invite: Team Secret
  • EU Qualifier: OG
  • NA Qualifier: compLexity
  • SEA Qualifier: Mineski
  • China Qualifier: Vici Gaming
  • CIS Qualifier: Team Empire
  • SA Qualifier: paiN Gaming (Formerly known as Midas Club Elite)

Captains Draft is the only professional tournament to be played on something other than the traditional CM, as well as it being the most successful online-only tournament series in Dota 2 history.