The Qualifiers for the ESL Katowice Major concluded earlier today and we now have a better idea of which teams will make their way to the Dota 2 Major scheduled for late February.
Joining the the 8 direct invites for Poland’s first ever Dota 2 Major are OG and Team Kinguin from the European Qualifiers; Effect from the CIS Qualifiers; CompLexity Gaming from the North American Qualifiers; Infamous from the Southeast Asian Qualifiers; LGD Gaming from the Chinese Qualifiers; last, but not the least, Fnatic from the Southeast Asian Qualifiers.
The ESL Katowice Major will feature a total prize pool of $1,000,000 and have as much as 1,500 Qualifying Points for The International 2018 up for grabs. The entire tournament will span a total of five days from February 20-25. However, only the playoffs will be available for public live viewing, taking place at the Spodek Arena in Katowice, Poland as part of the IEM Katowice 2018 festivities on February 24-25.
Despite the conclusion of the ESL Katowice Major Qualifiers, the lineup for the tournament is still incomplete. One spot remains unfilled as of the moment. It remains unknown what ESL intends to do with it.
ESL Katowice Major Qualifies – Done and Dusted
The Qualifiers for the first Dota 2 Major treated us to some quality Dota 2 games. In particular, the Grand Finals between Fnatic and TNC Pro Team was a hard fought series that saw both teams go at it for the full five games.
Unfortunately, despite the huge Qualifier win, it wasn’t all good news for Fnatic. Shortly after qualifying for the ESL Katowice Major, rumors of an all but confirmed roster shuffle involving Khoo ‘Ohaiyo‘ Chong Xin and Saahil ‘UNiVeRsE‘ Arora surfaced just mere moments later.
WE DID IT! It's time for a lie down after that one. 😱 GG, @TNCProTeam.
See you at Poland's first ever major! 🇵🇱 https://t.co/hLK6mbsJHL
— FNATIC (@FNATIC) January 12, 2018
Team Kinguin, the underdogs who finished in 3rd-4th place last month at the Summit 8 Minor, also seem on to be on a roll. This is the fourth Qualifier they’ve secured all season long, and their first for a Pro Circuit Major.
We got this! We managed to win with @PENTA_Sports and advance to @ESL One Katowice. Thank you for support, you are the best! ♥️
PS. Who will we meet in Katowice? #DOTA2 #KATOWICE #KGNWIN pic.twitter.com/VWIVlwgqpu
— 🐧 Team Kinguin (@teamkinguin) January 12, 2018
LGD Gaming’s newest roster, featuring relative unknowns in Yang ‘Chalice‘ Shenyi and Yap Jian ‘xNova‘ Wei, are also starting the year off on a good note; their latest lineup have already gone on to secure two Pro Circuit Qualifiers. This is good news for LGD Gaming after their winless performance at the Summit 8 Minor prompted their most recent roster change.
— ESL Dota2 (@ESLDota2) January 12, 2018
Speaking of LAN debuts, the ESL Katowice Major will mark the first time that the Russian Dota 2 team Effect will make an appearance in a Pro Circuit LAN.
Which Dota 2 team are you excited the most to see at the ESL Katowice Major? How do you think ESL will fill up their last remaining spot for the tournament? Be sure to let us know your thoughts in the comments down below.