ESL One Kuala Lumpur 2023: The Battle of Titans Beckons

ESL One Kuala Lumpur 2023: The Battle of Titans Beckons

As the dust settles from the epic showdown at The International 2023, the Dota 2 community turns its gaze to the next grand spectacle: ESL One Kuala Lumpur 2023.

Set against the vibrant backdrop of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, from December 11th to 17th, this tournament promises to be a clash of the titans with a whopping prize pool of $1,000,000 USD.

Invited Gladiators of the Arena

Four juggernauts have already etched their names in the tournament’s roster:

  • Gamin Gladiators – Known for their strategic prowess and indomitable spirit.
  • LGD Gaming – The storied team with a legacy of excellence in the Dota 2 scene.
  • Azure Ray – The dark horses, ready to challenge the status quo and make their mark.

These titans will be joined by eight more teams, forged through the fiery trials of open and closed qualifiers, scheduled from November 12th to 18th.

The Crucible of Competition

The tournament format is a testament to the competitive spirit of Dota 2. A three-day Group Stage will initiate the proceedings, featuring two groups of six teams each in a single round-robin format. The top six will then advance to the Playoffs, a live, double-elimination battle for glory at the Malaysia International Trade and Exhibition Centre.

For fans looking to immerse themselves in this grandeur, ticket sales are already live:

  • Premium 3-Day Ticket at 499 RM offers the ultimate experience with the best seats, priority access to signing sessions, a premium goodie bag, and an exclusive badge.
  • Plus 3-Day Ticket priced at 299 RM provides infield seating, general access to signing sessions, and a plus goodie bag.
  • Regular 3-Day Ticket for 149 RM offers tiered seating and general access to signing sessions.

ESL One Kuala Lumpur 2023: All Teams Progressing to Closed Qualifier

The initial phase of ESL One Kuala Lumpur 2023 has concluded with the closure of the first open qualifiers, setting the stage for an intense journey to the closed qualifiers scheduled from November 16th to 18th, 2023. Across all regions in Dota 2 esports, 40 teams engaged in fierce competition, but only 20 secured their passage to the next round.

In the North American (NA) region, veterans like Clinton “Fear” Loomis, representing Fart Studios, and Danil “Dendi” Ishutin with B8 Esports showcased their skills in the first qualifier. Notably, Team Secret faced an unexpected setback, failing to secure a spot in the closed qualifiers after being defeated by Alliance.

In the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) Qualifiers, three teams advanced without even playing a game, as Winter Bear emerged victorious against DuClowns in the sole contest in this region.

Over in the Chinese (CN) region, Invictus Gaming’s new roster faced defeat against Go along.

The Southeast Asia (SEA) Region witnessed the rise of three successful teams, with Team 747 showing promise by winning two rounds but eventually facing elimination at the hands of the formidable Mongolian organization, IHC Esports.

The second open qualifier brought additional teams into the mix, further intensifying the competition. The closed qualifiers await these talented teams as they aim to secure their spots in ESL One Kuala Lumpur 2023.

As the second open qualifiers progress, the focus now shifts to the closed qualifiers, promising even more intense and competitive matchups.

ESL One Kuala Lumpur 2023 Lineup Locked In After Thrilling Closed Qualifiers

The esports world is buzzing with excitement as the lineup for ESL One Kuala Lumpur 2023 is now officially locked in, following the culmination of intense and gripping closed qualifiers across multiple regions. This development heralds a highly anticipated showdown in one of Dota 2’s most prestigious tournaments.


Witness the Spectacle

Fans worldwide can indulge in the thrill of ESL One Kuala Lumpur 2023 through ESL Dota 2’s Twitch and YouTube channels. For those who wish to bask in the electric atmosphere of live competition, tickets are available for purchase, with both regular 3-day and single-day options.

Moreover, the event promises more than just matches.

Cosplay enthusiasts should stay tuned, as updates regarding a potential cosplay event are expected soon.

ESL One Kuala Lumpur 2023: The Battle Begins

Kuala Lumpur, 2023 – The highly anticipated ESL One Kuala Lumpur 2023 is set to commence with its electrifying Group Stage matches. Mark your calendars for an intense showdown starting Monday, December 11, 2023.

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Each game in this stage will be a Best of 2 (BO2) format, ensuring a fair and competitive battlefield for all teams involved.

Today marks the exciting kickoff of ESL One Kuala Lumpur 2023, an eagerly anticipated event in the Dota 2 esports calendar.

Teams from around the globe have converged to showcase their skill and strategy in what promises to be a tournament filled with intense competition and unforgettable moments.

Let’s dive into the detailed schedule for the Group Stage matchups:

Monday, December 11, 2023 

  • Group A:
    • Azure Ray 1:1 Blacklist International
    • Gaimin Gladiators 1:1 Team Secret
    • BetBoom Team 1:1 Wawitas Sagazes
    • BetBoom Team 1:1 Gaimin Gladiators
    • Blacklist International 2:0 Wawitas Sagazes
    • Azure Ray 2:0 Team Secret
  • Group B:
    • Tundra Esports 2:0 9 Pandas
    • LGD Gaming 0:2 G2.iG
    • Team Falcons 2:0 Team Liquid
    • LGD Gaming 0:2 Team Falcons
    • 9 Pandas 0:2 Team Liquid
    • G2.iG 0:2 Tundra EsportsTuesday

Tuesday, December 12, 2023

  • Group A:
    • Azure Ray 1:1 BetBoom Team
    • Blacklist International 0:2 Team Secret
    • Gaimin Gladiators 2:0 Wawitas Sagazes
    • Blacklist International 0:2 Gaimin Gladiators
    • Azure Ray 2:0 Wawitas Sagazes
    • BetBoom Team 1:1 Team Secret
  • Group B:
    • 9 Pandas 0:2 LGD Gaming
    • Team Liquid 2:0 Tundra Esports
    • G2.iG 2:0 Team Falcons
    • 9 Pandas 1:1 Team Falcons
    • G2.iG 2:0 Team Liquid
    • LGD Gaming 1:1 Tundra Esports

Wednesday, December 13, 2023

  • Group A:
    • Team Secret 2:0 Wawitas Sagazes
    • BetBoom Team 1:1 Blacklist International
    • Azure Ray 2:0 Gaimin Gladiators
  • Group B:
    • LGD Gaming 1:1 Team Liquid
    • Team Falcons 2:0 Tundra Esports
    • G2.iG 2:0 9 Pandas

The group stage of the ESL One Kuala Lumpur 2023 has officially concluded, paving the way for the highly anticipated playoff stage.

As teams transition from the initial phase of the tournament, the stakes are raised with the playoff matches promising intensified competition and strategic gameplay. Today marks the beginning of this new phase, where the top teams from the group stage will face off in a series of high-pressure, best-of-three matches, each vying for a chance to claim the prestigious title. The playoffs are set to showcase the culmination of skill, teamwork, and resilience, as teams battle it out for ultimate glory in this celebrated esports event.

Thursday, December 14, 2023

  • Azure Ray 2:1 Team Falcons
  • G2.iG 1:2 Gaimin Gladiators

Friday, December 15, 2023

  • Team Secret 0:2 Team Liquid
  • BetBoom Team 2:0 Tundra Esports
  • Team Falcons 1:2 Team Liquid

Saturday, December 16, 2023

  • BetBoom Team 2:0 G2.iG
  • Gaimin Gladiators 2:0 Azure Ray
  • Team Liquid 2:0 BetBoom Team


Sunday, December 17, 2023

The grand final spectacle concluded with Azure Ray claiming $300,000 USD in prize money and 4,800 EPT points, while Gaimin earned $175,000 and 3,600 points.


For Chinese Dota 2, Azure Ray’s triumph provides a bright spot in a challenging year, offering fans a source of joy as they bid farewell to 2023 and eagerly anticipate the upcoming competitive season.

Assembled recently after the departure of veterans, Azure’s collaboration couldn’t have had a more auspicious start.

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