Earlier today, Dota 2 fans got a treat with the release of the initial details of the EPICENTER Moscow tournament, which has now become a Dota 2 Major and part of the 2017-18 Dota Pro Circuit.
Now named EPICENTER XL, the Dota 2 tournament will see the largest prize pool ever for a single-esport tournament in Russia. It will also be the first time that a tournament hosted in Russia will receive a Major status.
As a Dota 2 Major, the 2018 iteration of EPICENTER Moscow will have $1 million up for grabs. The event will run from April 27 to May 6, with the finals on May 4-6 being held at the VTB Ice Palace sports arena. Perhaps even more important is that Qualifying Points for The International 2018 will be on the line at the tournament.
Team Liquid to Defend Their EPICENTER Moscow Title
— EPICENTER (@epicentergg) January 9, 2018
To no one’s surprise, Team Liquid will return to defend their title. The reigning TI7 champions and back-to-back EPICENTER title will look to try and go for another three-peat. Joining them as the first two announced direct invites to the tournament are Virtus Pro.
A total of twelve teams will play at the tournament; expect four more to receive a direct invite, while another six will likely make their way via the regional qualifiers.
Along with the initial announcement of the EPICENTER Moscow Major, the tournament organizers also revealed the dates and registration links for the open qualifiers. Open Qualifiers will officially start on January 20 in all six main regions.
We’ve been invited back to @epicentergg!
Third trophy incoming? 🏆🏆🏆 pic.twitter.com/oH4KZWlm4V
— Team Liquid (@TeamLiquid) January 10, 2018
With the Dota 2 world champions in the tournament, expect others teams to bring their A-game to try and dethrone arguably the best Dota 2 team in the world.
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