All 14 teams for the EPICENTER Major 2019 have been determined following the conclusion of the Regional Qualifiers.
The 14 teams who made it through their respective Regional Qualifiers will clash at the CSKA Arena in Moscow from June 22-30, with $1 million USD and 15,000 DPC points on the line. They’ll be joined by the top two teams of the StarLadder ImbaTV Dota 2 Minor June 10-16.
The fifth and final Major of the 2018-19 Dota Pro Circuit will be the last chance for teams to try and secure a direct invite to The International 2019. Already, eight Dota 2 teams have mathematically guaranteed themselves a chance to play for what’s set to be a record-breaking prize pool this August. That means, only four spots remain, and with at least a dozen Dota 2 teams in contention, the EPICENTER Major 2019 is going to be quite the tournament.
Are You Ready for the EPICENTER Major 2019?
Here is a complete list of all the teams who will be playing at the EPICENTER Major 2019:
- Team Secret
- Team Liquid
- Gambit Esports
- Royal Never Give Up
- Vici Gaming
- TNC Predator
- Forward Gaming
- Evil Geniuses
- paiN Gaming
As already mentioned, eight Dota 2 teams have already qualified for The International 2019 by way of their DPC points at this point. All, save for Ninjas in Pyjamas, will be playing at the EPICENTER Major 2019.
That means that, while the MDL Disneyland Paris Major 2019 was stacked, the EPICENTER Major 2019 is on a completely different level.
Of the fourteen Dota 2 teams in the pool, only two arguably have little to no chance at winning it all. The rest have the talent and skill, as well as incentive, to make a deep run.
OG and TNC Predator, in particular, will want to give themselves a bit of a cushion by making sure that they perform well at the EPICENTER Major 2019. If they make it as far as the top 8, then a slot at The International 2019 will be all but guaranteed, leaving only two slots for other teams to fight over.
Unless Valve decides to make some last-minute changes to the number of Dota 2 teams for The International 2019, then we’re about to see a bevvy of lower-ranked teams who will try to make a final run at a slot at the EPICENTER Major 2019 via the StarLadder ImbaTV Minor.
This is because, if things keep up like this, then we’ll only have one team from each region make it through the Regional Qualifiers for The International 2019.
This significantly lowers any chances of a team making it to The International 2019 via the Regional Qualifiers. But, of course, that won’t stop teams from trying. After all, with the TI9 prize pool on pace to set a new record, even just qualifying will net a team enough earnings to get them by for a couple of months, if not an entire year.
What are you looking forward to seeing the most at the EPICENTER Major 2019? Do you think we’re going to see a tournament as stacked as that of the MDL Disneyland Paris Major? Or will the favourites not take the tournament as seriously? Be sure to let us know your thoughts in the comments down below.