The 2018 Kuala Lumpur Dota 2 Major is now all set and ready to go.
The first Major of the 2018-19 Dota Pro Circuit will bring together 16 of the best Dota 2 teams from around the world to duke it out for a huge chunk of DPC points for TI9 and a whopping $1 million USD prize pool.
Unlike last year, there are no free invites this time around. Literally. Every Dota 2 team earned their slot via the Regional Qualifiers, with the 16th and last slot for the 2018 Kuala Lumpur Dota 2 Major reserved for whoever wins the CORSAIR DreamLeague Season 10 tournament, the first Minor of the 2018-19 Dota Pro Circuit.
Having said that, we know that it’s been quite difficult to keep tabs on every Dota 2 team that punched their ticket to the first big event of the year.
So, we decided to create this handy, little guide and listed every single one of the teams who are attending the 2018 Kuala Lumpur Dota 2 Major, as well as which notable teams flunked out at the qualifiers.
2018 Kuala Lumpur Dota Major: The Attending Teams
Here are all of the teams that qualified for the 2018 Kuala Lumpur Dota 2 Major:
- Team Secret (1st Seed)
- Ninjas in Pyjamas (2nd Seed)
- Alliance (3rd Seed)
- Evil Geniuses (1st Seed)
- Forward Gaming (2nd Seed)
- MarcoutofArmy (3rd Seed)
- PSG.LGD (1st Seed)
- ViCi Gaming (2nd Seed)
- Team Aster (3rd Seed)
- Virtus.Pro (1st Seed)
- ferzee (2nd Seed)
- TNC Predator (1st Seed)
- Fnatic (2nd Seed)
- paiN Gaming (1st Seed)
- paiN X (2nd Seed)
It didn’t take a rocket scientist to tell immediately that once Valve required every team to earn their spot in DPC tournaments via the regional qualifiers that Europe was going to be the most contested. After all, even with Team Secret changing their roster — arguably for the better — the past two TI champions, Team Liquid and OG, still called Europe home. However, while everyone expected the European qualifiers to be a bloodbath, what most people did not expect was just how many teams were going to be competitive in the region.
Alliance, for one, was considered as a non-factor heading into the 2018-19 Dota Pro Circuit, and yet, they managed to qualify for the first Major of the season. Ninjas in Pyjamas, who picked up Peter ‘ppd‘ Dager’s latest stack of players, also didn’t take long to start taking games off of the best that Europe had to offer, highlighted by a 2-0 sweep of Team Liquid, which included a quick 15-minute drubbing in Game 2 of their series.
Apparently, Team Liquid’s TI curse was delayed a year back, which isn’t all too surprising, considering that the east-west TI cycle was broken as well. Kidding aside, it is worrying seeing the former TI champions struggle at the qualifiers, and that’s with OG still currently on a break.
As the up-and-coming European teams start to improve, the competition is only going to get tougher, especially when the defending champions decides to step back into the foray and reassert their position on top of the proverbial totem pole.
Notable Teams That Did Not Qualify
Of course, Team Liquid weren’t the only big-name team that failed to qualify for the 2018 Kuala Lumpur Dota 2 Major.
Here are all of the notable teams that failed to qualify for the 2018 Kuala Lumpur Dota 2 Major:
- Team Liquid (Europe)
- CompLexity Gaming (North America)
- Winstrike (CIS)
- Natus Vincere (CIS)
- Newbee (China)
- Team Serenity (China)
- Royal Never Give Up (China)
- Mineski (Southeast Asia)
While it is indeed unfortunate that these teams missed out on their chance, they still have another shot at redemption.
Because of the changes to the 2018-19 Dota Pro Circuit, teams who have already qualified for Majors can no longer play in the qualifiers for the Minors. This means that the path to qualifying for the first Minor of the season, CORSAIR DreamLeague Season 10, just got a whole lot easier for these teams. But, as we’ve seen so far, we can never really tell anymore which teams are going to emerge victorious.
If there’s one thing we’re sure of right now, it’s that the CORSAIR DreamLeague Season 10 is going to be a lot of fun with $300,000 and a berth at the 2018 Kuala Lumpur Dota 2 Major on the line.
Which teams are you most excited to see play at the 2018 Kuala Lumpur Dota 2 Major? Which team do you think will win the first Major of the 2018-19 Dota Pro Circuit? Be sure to let us know your thoughts in the comments down below.