This summer will mark the return of the biggest Dota 2 tournament to Russia. From June 4-11, Epicenter will once again be organizing the biggest Dota 2 tournament in that part of the world. Back in 2016, when Epicenter’s first Dota 2 tournament was held, everyone expected Newbee to win the title very easily. However, that did not happen, and Team Liquid managed to defeat Newbee for the biggest surprise of the entire Dota 2 season of that year.
Epicenter’s Dota 2 tournament in Moscow will feature the prize pool of $500,000, and it will be the third biggest Dota 2 tournament this year. Valve’s Major will have a bigger prize pool, which will be $3 million, and the biggest prize pool for Dota 2 tournament this year is once again expected from The International that last year featured the prize pool bigger than $20 million. Because of that, this will be one of the most interesting Dota 2 tournaments this year, and it is expected that many teams will be fighting for the place at the main event.
Date & Venue All Set
Epicenter has confirmed the organization of the event as well as the venue and the prize pool for the tournament. However, not much other information was confirmed by the organizers. Because of that, we still do not know how many teams will be featured at the Main Event and what will be the format of the competition. What we know so far is that there will be several spots open that the teams will be able to grab through several qualifiers that will be organized before the Main Event in June. The date of these qualifiers is among the issues that were not confirmed by the organizers, but there is talk that they will be taking place in May.
Global Presence Expected
Besides that, we also know that all the Dota 2 regions will be represented at this event. The first official statement from the organizers said that the tournament would feature teams from Europe, CIS, North America, and China, but that press release did not mention any teams from the region of South Asia. It would be very unusual if the organizers decided to leave out teams from this region because something like this hasn’t happened yet. We believe that this was just an honest mistake and that upcoming statements will confirm that South Asia will also participate in this event.
The first Epicenter Dota 2 tournament in Russia also featured teams that received direct invitations, but it is still not clear whether that will be happening this year as well. Since Epicenter’s Dota 2 tournament is being held just two months before this year’s The International, results in this tournament will reveal a lot about the form of the teams and who might be among the top favorites for the title at the next International. As we are waiting for additional information about the format of the competition and the qualifiers, we can only assume that Epicenter’s Dota 2 tournament will be the one to watch as it might feature some surprises, just like it happened the year before.