It is 2019 now and the fans are ready to watch some of the highest quality Dota 2 yet again. Taking place during the first Major of the year – Chongqing Major, the open qualifiers will feature some newer formations and teams.
Eight teams from each region will be participating in the closed qualifiers. Four of them will be invited, while the other two are from each of the open qualifiers. The invited teams should be announced in just a couple of days from now.
The registration for the Open Qualifiers is still not open, however, it is expected to be sometime before January 14th. This means that there will be also a a lot more opportunities to watch your favourite teams and bet on them. Be sure to keep an eye on our predictions page if you want to have more success with your bets.
Format of the qualifiers
There will be two GSL groups consisted of four teams. The top teams will go to the upper bracket, while the others will be heading to the lower one. As usual, the games will be played in a Bo3 format.
The Stockholm Major is expected to be held around the middle of March 2019 and it will be the third Major of the new season. Sixteen teams will be fighting each other for that exclusive $1,000,000 prize pool and 15,000 DPC points, which are needed in order to get to the upcomming TI.
If you want to read more about the event check the official release HERE.
OG roster change
Literally just a day after the departure of Pajkatt, OG have brought up the CIS player iLTW as a trial. He has previously played as a Stand-in for the team in some matches at the Bucharest Minor. He has a large history of playing for other CIS teams and his most recent one was Espada.
You can catch iLTW and his team in the upcomming Bucharest Minor, which starts just few days from now. The event will feature a $300,000 prize pool as well as a ticket for the Chongqing Major.