The largest Dota 2 competition this month, the Kuala Lumpur Major, is finally fleshed out. The participating teams were announced a little while back. On November 7, the host of the event also revealed what the groups and opening matches were going to be.
Dota 2 Kuala Lumpur – The Pro Circuit Begins
Dota 2, one of the most popular competitive video games of our time, is just a day or so from witnessing the Kuala Lumpur Major. It’s a competition which opens the esports season known as the Dota Pro Circuit (DPC).
By participating in it, all teams that play in the Majors will accumulate points, which will qualify them for The International 2019, which is arguably the largest esports competition that is currently running, sporting an impressive prize pool of over $24 million.
— PGL (@pglesports) November 7, 2018
In total, 16 teams will participate in the event from multiple regions around the world. While the qualified teams represent some of the best Dota 2 squads on the competitive scene, there are a handful of renown names that couldn’t make it.
Most recently, over the weekend on November 3-4, Na’Vi were eliminated by Team Tiger, who were the last to qualify for the event, becoming the 16th team.
Meanwhile, the competition will comprise of 4 groups with 4 teams in each of the competitive structures. Group A will feature Team Secret, Pain Gaming, Ninjas in Pyjamas, J. Storm.
In Group B, players familiar with the game will recognize the names of Evil Geniuses, Team Aster, Vici Gaming, TNC Predator. The next Group, C, is where PSG.LGD are. PSG.LGD are also the runners-up to The International 2018, finishing second. Gambit Esports and the mentioned Tigers are also part of this unit.
Lastly, there are Virtus.Pro, Forward Gaming, Pain X and Alliance, who are all listed under Group D. Having summed up the groups, there will be a total of 8 opening matches, which will have players meet in a one-on-one game, with some moving to the Lower Bracket whereas others continuing to play in the so-called Upper Bracket.
— Wykrhm Reddy (@wykrhm) November 7, 2018
The event is taking place at the Axiata Arena, Bukit Jalil, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on November 9 with the group stage running through 9-10 and the playoffs going all the way from November 11 through 18.
A number of internationally recognized casters will participate in the event, covering and broadcasting the matches to the whole world. Some changes were needed among the teams themselves in the last minutes.
Ninjas in Pyjamas had a problem obtaining a visa for one of their players and had to field a substitute. As a result, their team will be punished with a 40% handicap on the points they win, making for a rough start of the season.
However, NiP are confident and satisfied with the next two locations of the competition, which will take place in China and Europe in January and March respectively. Valve, the creator of Dota 2, have decided to announce the events ahead so players may have time to prepare and avoid being denied visa.