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.
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