Weekly Dota Recap: ESL Under Flack Again, Epicenter 2018 Invites Complete

With the roster lock done and dusted, the focus of the Dota 2 community now lies on the qualifiers and the upcoming tournaments, namely the majors such as ESL One Katowice, Bucharest Major, DAC 2018 and EPICENTER 2018, all of which will take place just weeks apart from each other.

ESL Under Fire Once Again

After the PR mess that was their handling of ESL One Genting 2018, ESL is now receiving complaints again. This time, for only having 4 matches scheduled to be played in front of the live audience for ESL One Katowice 2018. Surely enough, fans were not pleased. This is, after all, a Major, and a 16-team tournament at that.

Thankfully, unlike before, ESL were much quicker to respond. They also seemed much more open to criticism this time around.

Jonas ‘bsl‘ Alsaker Vikan, ESL’s Tournament Director, explained the decision process and reasoning on Reddit.

In his post, he pointed out that they had already planned the event to span only two days long ago. Adding that there was no “realistic” way that they could add more days to it. However, he did go on to promise that the company is looking to increasing the amount of content. How and in what form this will come remains to be seen.

ESL One Katowice will be the first ever Major held in Poland. It will feature a total of 16 teams, with the main event scheduled to take place at the Spodek Arena in Katowice on February 24-25. As with other Majors, it will have a prize pool of $1,000,000. It will also have 1,500 Qualifying Points up for grabs.

DAC 2018 Qualifying Teams Nearly Set

The last Major before EPICENTER 2018, the qualifying teams for DAC 2018 are nearly set. Over the past week, teams suhc as OG, Evil Geniuses, OpTic Gaming, paiN Gaming, LGD Gaming, Keen Gaming, VGJ.Thunder, Mineski and TNC Pro Gaming qualified for the event. They will join the direct invites Invictus Gaming, Newbee, Team Liquid, ViCi Gaming, Virtus Pro and Team Secret at Shanghai, China on the first week of April for the third Major of 2018.

Right now, only the Regional Qualifiers for the CIS region has yet to conclude. Team Spirit and Effect will fight it out in the Grand Finals for the right to represent CIS, along with Virtus Pro. Notably absent are Natus Vincere, whose revamped roster lost to Team Spirit and Effect during the upper bracket finals and lower bracket finals of the Regional Qualifiers respectively.

EPICENTER 2018 Invites Are Now Complete

The list of direct invites for EPICENTER 2018, otherwise known as EPICENTER XL, is now complete. The top five Dota 2 teams of the Pro Circuit as of the moment all received a direct invite to the LAN finals.

With Mineski already topping the Regional Qualifiers for EPICENTER 2018 for the SEA region, the first Dota 2 Major in Moscow only needs 6 more teams to complete its 12-team lineup.

Click here for our coverage of the announcement.

OpTic Gaming Make 33 Pick-Up Official

After serving as the team’s official stand-in since December 22, OpTic Gaming have finally made their pick up of Neta ‘33‘ Shapira official. 33 will serve as the team’s position 4 support. However, as from what we’ve seen so far, they’re not above to swapping his roles with Ludwig ‘zaiWåhlberg in the offlane.

33 has helped OpTic Gaming to their most successful run so far this season. With him in the lineup, #thegreenwall have qualified for three straight Majors: ESL One Katowice 2018, the Bucharest Major, and DAC 2018.

Click here for our official coverage of OpTic Gaming’s announcement.

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