With the conclusion of the CIS Qualifiers of the PGL Bucharest Major 2018, we finally have a complete list of all the 16 teams who will be playing at the 2nd Pro Circuit Major of the 2017-18 season.
The PGL Bucharest Major 2018 will see 16 Dota 2 teams from all over the world from March 4-11 clash at the Polyvalent Hall in Bucharest, Romania. As per Valve’s guidelines, the tournament will feature a $1 million dollar prize pool and have as much as 1,500 Qualifying Points up for grabs.
With PGL in-charge of the Pro Circuit tournament, you can expect nothing but the best from the Bucharest Major 2018. This is PGL’s fourth Valve Major so far and sixth Dota 2 tournament overall.
Bucharest Major 2018 – Direct Invites
On 21st of December 2017, PGL decided to unveil to the rest of the Dota 2 community their follow-up to the PGL Bucharest Minor.
PGL used a brand spanking new trailer filled with bits from their previous events to hype up the event. Afterwards, they promptly introduced their first five direct invites to the main event: Team Liquid, Evil Geniuses, Newbee, Natus Vincere, and Mineski.
Here are the other 5 invites for The Bucharest Major: @compLexityLive @ViCi_Gaming @teamsecret @virtuspro & LFY They join @NewbeeCN @natusvincere @TeamLiquid @MineskiProTeam & @EvilGeniuses Can't wait to see who joins them in January! #pglmajor pic.twitter.com/slPFI4s784
— PGL (@pglesports) December 22, 2017
Barely more than a day later, PGL released their second set of direct invites. This time highlighted by Virtus Pro and Team Secret. Joining them in the second set of direct invites were LGD.Forever Young, ViCi Gaming, and CompLexity Gaming.
Notably absent from the list of direct invites are OG; the 4-time Major winners have won every Major tournament PGL had hosted in the past.
Bucharest Major 2018 – Qualifier Teams
Congratulation to VGJ.T on winning PGL Bucharest Major China Qualifies! They will fly to Bucharest along with direct invited teams, Newbee’s, Vici Gaming and LGD.FY.@NewbeeCN @pglesports @LGDgaming @Team_VGJ @ViCi_Gaming pic.twitter.com/ek3rD0RnV9
— Perfect World_DOTA2 (@PWRD_DOTA2) January 8, 2018
Less than a month after the announcement of the event, the closed qualifiers for the Bucharest Major 2018 commenced. First to quality were VGJ.Thunder. Led by Liu ‘Sylar‘ Jiajun and coached by Bai ‘rOtK‘ Fan, VGJ.Thunder beat out EHOME and the newly-minted LGD Gaming squad for a spot in the main event via the Chinese Qualifiers.
OpTic Gaming, paiN Gaming, and OG soon followed after winning their respective regional qualifiers.
Congratulations to @OGDota2 @paiNGamingBR and @OpTicGaming for winning their qualifiers this weekend. They are on their way to Bucharest with 2 more squads to join! #pglmajor pic.twitter.com/H44YQyefic
— PGL (@pglesports) January 15, 2018
TNC Pro Team then took home honours at the SEA Qualifiers. En route, they denied Fnatic and their new lineup a chance to secure their second straight Major berth in the semifinals. After which TNC Pro Team would go on to sweep their brethrens Execration in the Grand Finals 2-0.
Finally, Vega Squadron will round out the Qualifier teams for the Bucharest Major 2018. With Natus Vincere and Virtus Pro having already received a direct invite to the event, the CIS Sharks took advantage of the relative lack of competition in the CIS Qualifiers.
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