After an unexpected lull period of more than two weeks, the Dota Pro Circuit is finally set to kick off once again with the start of ESL One Genting 2018.
The first Pro Circuit tournament to take place in Southeast Asia, the event will bring together 16 top Dota 2 teams in the world in one place. At stake is $400,000 USD, a slightly larger prize pool from the usual $300,000 that Minors typically give away. Additionally, up for grabs are 400 Qualifying Points, which will come a long way for any team hoping to receive a direct invite to The International 2018.
Things are about to heat up as this is the first time as many as 16 Dota 2 teams will battle it out for a Top 4 finish in a Pro Circuit event. With Team Liquid and Team Secret in the tournament pool, any team hoping to make a deep run will have to bring their A game. Especially since the top teams on the season’s leaderboards, with the sole exception of OG, will be attending the event as well.
Apologies are in order for VGJ.Thunder as well. A team that we didn’t think highly of has proven to be yet another contender after sweeping Evil Geniuses to win the recently-concluded ex-Major Galaxy Battles 2.
If you’re ready for an all-out brawl, look no further; we’ve taken the time to write down everything you need to know about ESL One Genting 2018.
Official Tournament Format
Official English Coverage: https://www.facebook.com/WatchESLOne/
Prize Pool: ESL One Genting 2018 will feature a $400,000 prize pool with 400 Qualifying Points also at stake. Point distribution for the participating teams will be as follows:
- 1st Place — ?? / 200 Qualifying Points
- 2nd Place — ?? / 120 Qualifying Points
- 3rd-4th Place — ?? / 40 Qualifying Points
- 5th-6th Place — ??
- 7th-8th Place — ??
- 9th-12th Place — ??
- 13th-16th Place — ??
ESL have yet to confirm how cash distribution will work for the event.
Competition Format: All sixteen Dota 2 teams will be divided into two groups composed of eight teams each playing in a double-elimination format tournament, followed by a single-elimination format six-team playoff.
- All opening matches of the group stages will be a best-of-one. The rest will be a best-of-three.
- Only the top three teams from each group will advance to the playoffs: the top team will advance immediately to the Semifinals, while the runner-ups will face the 3rd-place team from the opposite group in the Quarterfinals.
- All matches in the playoffs will be a best-of-three, except for the Grand Finals, which will be a best-of-five.
Direct Invites: Team Secret (EU); Team Liquid (EU); Virtus Pro (CIS); Newbee (China); ViCi Gaming (China); Mineski (SEA); Fnatic (SEA); Evil Geniuses (NA)
Qualifier Teams: PENTA Sports (EU); Planet Dog (EU); Natus Vincere (CIS); LGD.ForeverYoung (China); VGJ.Thunder (China); TNC Pro Team (SEA); CompLexity Gaming (NA); SG e-sports (SA)
All times indicated are in MYT unless otherwise stated. Match start times are subject to change, depending on the length of the previous match.
Group Stage Day 1
12:00 NN (January 23, Tuesday)
Team Secret vs Planet Dog (Team Secret to win at 1.1 odds)
CompLexity Gaming vs Fnatic (Fnatic to win at 1.80 odds)
13:10 PM (January 23, Tuesday)
ViCi Gaming vs VGJ.Thunder (VGJ.Thunder to win at 2.72 odds)
SG e-sports vs Virtus Pro (Virtus Pro to win at 1.08 odds)
14:20 PM (January 23, Tuesday)
Team Liquid vs PENTA Sports (Team Liquid to win at 1.1 odds)
Natus Vincere vs Evil Geniuses (Evil Geniuses to win at 1.85 odds)
15:30 PM (January 23, Tuesday)
Mineski vs TNC Pro Team (TNC Pro Team to win at 2.41 odds)
LGD.ForeverYoung vs Newbee (Newbee to win at 1.6 odds)
Click here for a complete breakdown of the tournament schedule.
Are You Ready for ESL One Genting 2018?
More than the prize pool and the Qualifying Points, a lot will be at stake at what will be the first 16-team Dota 2 tournament of the 2017-18 season. But if there’s any organizer experienced enough to pull it off well, it’s ESL.
Be sure to check out our power rankings for the event for a complete breakdown of how the 16 Dota 2 teams stack up against each other.