The sixth and final direct invite to the DAC 2018 Major will be none other than the current top team on the Dota Pro Circuit leaderboards Team Secret.
The recently-crowned Captains Draft 4 Minor champions will join ViCi Gaming, Newbee, Invictus Gaming, Team Liquid, and Virtus Pro as direct invites in what will be the third Major of the season.
— Perfect World_DOTA2 (@PWRD_DOTA2) January 16, 2018
Well Deserved Direct Invites to DAC 2018
All six teams who will make their way to Shanghai via direct invite on March 30 to April 7 are well-deserving of the direct invites. Even if the tournament organisers Perfect World clearly favour the hometown teams, you can’t fault them for inviting Newbee and ViCi Gaming; the two are the best Dota 2 teams in China this season and arguably top 5 worldwide. The former has already won a Pro Circuit Minor. Meanwhile, the latter has appeared in as many as three Pro Circuit Grand Finals already.
Even Invictus Gaming deserves to be there, 2017-18 Pro Circuit results be damned. They are the defending champions, after all. Albeit, they haven’t exactly been playing well after Xu ‘BurNIng‘ Zhilei left the team to “retire” following their 5th-6th place finish at The International 7.
Just want to say: THANK YOU, to all the people who supported us, we couldn't do this without your support. Please continue your support! pic.twitter.com/AqXTRkjAAA
— Invictus Gaming (@invgaming) April 4, 2017
As for the western Dota 2 teams, each one of them comes with some serious hardware; Team Secret have won two Pro Circuit LANs back-to-back and are currently in the lead with 4,140 Qualifying Points; Team Liquid, the reigning TI champions, are in 2nd place with two Minor titles under their belt; Virtus Pro, the three-time Summit 8 champions, are in third place and have also brought home trophies from a Minor and a Major this season.
Dota 2 Asia Champions 2018
The DAC 2018 will be held in the spring of 2018 by Perfect World where top sixteen teams all over the world gather to compete a prize pool of $1,000,000, 1,500 Qualifying Points and the grand honor.
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— Perfect World_DOTA2 (@PWRD_DOTA2) December 29, 2017
Often referred to as China’s equivalent of Valve’s The International, the Dota 2 Asia Championships have been known as one of the biggest and highest paying annual Dota 2 tournaments since it first started way back in 2015.
DAC 2018 returns to continue the tradition. Having earned major classification, the fifth Major of the 2017-18 Pro Circuit will feature a $1,000,000 USD prize pool. Though not the biggest in the tournament’s history — the inaugural DAC 2015 had a whopping $3,057,519 USD prize pool — the amount is still fairly sizeable. And perhaps more important is the fact that the tournament will give away 1,500 Qualifying Points for The International 2018.
Looking at the direct invites alone, you can already expect the competition at DAC 2018 to be stiff. Any team hoping to qualify for the main event better bring their A-game. Or else, they risk finding themselves at the wrong end of embarrassing losses.
Perfect World has yet to release further details regarding DAC 2018 as of yet.