The final Regional Qualifiers until The International 2018 has finally come to an end and we finally now have a complete list of all the teams who will be playing at the China Dota 2 Super Major.
Headlining the event are ten direct invites. Not surprisingly, this includes the top three Dota 2 teams of the season: Virtus.Pro, Team Liquid, and Team Secret. The other direct invites are Newbee, ViCi Gaming and VGJ.Thunder from China; Natus Vincere from CIS; OG from Europe; Mineski from Southeast Asia.
Joining the ten direct invites are six more Dota 2 teams who earned their berths via the Regional Qualifiers. This includes PSG.LGD from China; TNC Pro Team from Southeast Asia; VGJ.Storm from North America; Infamous from South America; The Final Tribe from Europe; Team Spirit from CIS.
The Biggest Tournament Outside of TI
The China Dota 2 Super Major did not start off on the right foot after receiving flak for the direct invites. Not only did the tournament organizers, PGL and Perfect World, choose to invite ten teams to the event, but nearly half of them were questionable. Specifically, most people protested regarding why Natus Vincere and OG, as well as Evil Geniuses, were given direct invites. This is especially true in OG’s case as they are no longer even eligible to earn Qualifying Points for changing their roster after the last roster lock of the season.
The chosen format — best-of-two round robin where sweeps granted 2 points and draws granted 1 point — for the Regional Qualifiers for the China Dota 2 Super Major did not go unnoticed as well. Then, there’s also the issue with the China Dota 2 Super Major revealing that only two days will be played in front of a crowd.
Having said that, the largest Dota 2 Major of the year is no doubt going to be a must-watch event.
The China Dota 2 Super Major is the last and the biggest Pro Circuit tournament of the 2017-18 competitive season. It will run from June 2 to June 10 and the main event will be held at the Shanghai Yuangshen Sports Centre Stadium in Shanghai, China. It will feature a prize pool of $1.5 million USD with an additional 2,250 Qualifying Points up for grabs.
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