German esports company, ESL, is set to bring India it’s first top-tier Dota 2 tournament with ESL One Mumbai 2019.
Announced on January 15, ESL One Mumbai 2019 will feature 12 teams from all over the world competing at the NSCI Dome from April 19 to 21 over a $300,000 prize pool.
Despite not having a single event part of the 2018-19 Dota Pro Circuit, ESL continues to deliver with its brand of top-quality Dota 2 tournaments. Including ESL One Hamburg 2018 last year, ESL One Mumbai 2019 will serve as ESL’s fourth Dota 2 tournament of the season. The others are ESL One Katowice 2019 and ESL One Birmingham 2019.
Unfortunately, the premiere tournament will have to contend with an official Valve-backed tournament. The fourth Minor of the 2018-19 Dota Pro Circuit, the Dota Pit Minor, will run from April 22 to 28 in Croatia. That doesn’t bode well for the possible list of participants of the event. Although, with free reigns to invite which teams they want, ESL will surely already have taken this into account.
Besides, given that not every team will end up playing at the Minor, we should see a number of marquee teams try and qualify (or receive a direct invite) to get a chance to showcase their talent and skills in Mumbai.
Are You Ready for ESL One Mumbai 2019?
India is not what many considered as a hotbed for esports talent or competition. However, the country has slowly become a premiere place for events in recent times. More and more organizers are starting to see the potential of the country’s unique mix of relaxed travel requirements, cheaper venue prices and accommodation, as well as a huge population of diehard esports fans.
ESL One Mumbai 2019 is just the latest of big esports tournaments held in India.
In total, 7 teams will receive a direct invite to the tournament in Mumbai. Meanwhile, 4 will fight through the regional qualifiers — one for each of North America, Europe, Southeast Asia, and China. Finally, the 12th team will come from India itself via a local qualifier.
ESL have yet to release information regarding the date of the qualifiers for ESL One Mumbai 2019. They also have yet to confirm a direct invite.
The Group Stage of ESL One Mumbai 2019 will run from April 16-18. Afterwards, the tournament will have a one-day mid-tournament break before the playoffs kick off in front of a live audience at the NSCI Dome from April 19-21.
Click here for the official tournament page of ESL One Mumbai 2019.
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