Moscow-based tournament organizers, Epic Esports Events, will host the final tournament of the 2018-19 Dota Pro Circuit in June, the EPICENTER Dota 2 Major.
Epic Esports Events made the announcement on Monday, March 18. The fifth and last Dota 2 Major of the second Dota Pro Circuit will run from June 20-30. It will culminate with a live event at the CSKA Arena in Moscow on June 28-30 where some 28,000 viewers can enjoy the tournament’s 360° panoramic-view stage setup that will allow them to “enjoy the battle from any angle.”
The EPICENTER Dota 2 Major will serve as Epic Esports Events’ second Major and the first tournament of the 2018-19 Dota Pro Circuit. They join PGL, StarLadder, DreamHack and Mars Media, as the five companies to run a Major this season. It will also serve as the first Major hosted in the CIS region this season, following stops in Malaysia, China, Sweden and Ukraine.
As per the other Dota 2 Majors this season, the EPICENTER Major 2018 will feature 16 Dota 2 teams fighting over a $1 million prize pool. In addition to this, 15,000 DPC points will also be up for grabs. Fifteen of participating teams will fight it out in their respective online regional qualifiers to gain entry. Meanwhile, the sixteenth and final slot will be given to the winners of the StarLadder Minor in Ukraine, which will run from June 10 to June 16.
Are You Ready for the EPICENTER Dota 2 Major?
Epic Esports Events have established themselves as one of the marquee tournament organizers in Dota 2 since hosting EPICENTER 2016. Both succeeding iterations, EPICENTER 2017 and the EPICENTER XL Major, were all resounding successes. To say that they were considered by many Dota 2 fans as one of the best tournaments of their respective years is only fitting. Therefore, the upcoming EPICENTER Dota 2 Major should serve as no exception.
Because of the changes made by Valve prior to the start of the 2018-19 Dota Pro Circuit, we won’t know who we’ll see play at the EPICENTER Major 2019 just yet. However, given that it is the last Dota 2 Major of the season, we can expect it to be a congregation of some of the best teams Dota 2 has to offer. Although, it is possible that the “best” by then might not be who we consider right now. Already, from what we’ve seen at the DreamLeague Major 2019, the rest of the field are starting to catch up to Team Secret and Virtus.Pro. Meanwhile, one of the presumptive favourites to win at least one Major this season, Team Liquid, are currently going through their worst slump ever.
With that said, we might just see an entirely different set of teams fighting it out in Moscow in June.
Either way, the EPICENTER Dota 2 Major will be a must-watch event, regardless of who will be playing.
What do you think we can expect from the EPICENTER Dota 2 Major? Will the scene look drastically different from what it looks like right now? Be sure to let us know your thoughts in the comments down below.
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