The 2018 AEL University Cup for Dota 2

We are looking to crown the best Dota 2 university team in Australia! Tune in each week and support your University in this intense competition against your peers and rival universities.

The WINNING team will play on stage at the Grand Final event for a share of the prize pool and the inaugural University Cup!


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The best will be crowned!

This event is brought to you by the Australian Esports League and is sanctioned by the Australian Esports Association.

The 2018 Dota 2 University Cup is held over each study semester, with teams required to register for each semester separately. The tournament takes place in two phases.

Online – Do you have what it takes?

Registered teams are placed into a swiss format bracket. Teams will play Best of Two (Bo2) matches till the remaining teams reach the top-8 playoffs where Best of Three (Bo3) matches will take place.

Grand Finals – Do it on stage!

The top two teams WIN a travel package to attend the Grand Final and play on stage representing their university to take home a share of the prize pool and the University Cup!


Take home a piece of history.

The 2018 Dota 2 University Cup features a total prize pool of AUD $6,000 split across the two semesters.

Each semester the top two teams will earn an experience of a lifetime! With flights and accommodation to play on stage at the live Grand Final!

The ULTIMATE champion will take home the inaugural Dota 2 University Cup and title.

Congratulations Crystal Maiden Cosplayers from UNSW for taking first place and earning the AEL University Cup for semester 1 of 2018 and title of best University DOTA 2 team in Australia!


  • 2nd place: RMIT Esports from RMIT University
  • 3rd place: The Tosser Reborn Reborn from Monash University
  • 4th place: MQ GACS from Macquarie University

Semester 2 – Prize Distribution

Total Prize Pool – $3,000

  • 1st Place – $2,000
  • 2nd Place – $625
  • 3rd Place – $250
  • 4th Place – $125


Matches will be scheduled for Thursdays from 6:30pm AEST and all matches must be played by the following Friday.

2018 Semester 1 Schedule:

  • Registrations open: 1st March
  • Registrations close: 28th March
  • Preliminaries: 2nd April – 4th May
  • Playoffs: 14th – 25th May
  • Grand Final event: 2nd June in Sydney, Australia

2018 Semester 2 Schedule:

  • Registrations open: 16th July
  • Registrations close: 6th August
  • Preliminaries: 13th August – 21st September
  • Playoffs: 24th September – 5th October
  • Grand Final event: TBA


The AEL University Cup Dota 2 will be watchable every Thursday from 6:30pm AEST on OVO Play

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