The first Major for the new 2018-2019 Pro Circuit, Kuala Lumpur Major will be held in the capital city of Malaysia. The main event will take place from 16th to 18th November.
Like all Major events, The Kuala Lumpur Major will have a whopping $1,000,000 prize pool as well as 15,000 DPC points. As we all know, these points are needed to secure a direct invite for The International 2019.
This will be PGL’s (the organizer) 6th event. The previous events that were hosted by them went pretty smooth, so we can expect the same here.
Format of the tournament
Sixteen of the best teams in the world will be fighting in order to claim the first Major trophy of the new Pro Circuit. The event will have a group stage and playoffs. The group stage will be held from 9-10 November, while the playoffs will be from 11-18 November.
Only the final three days of the event will be held live at the Axiata Arena in the beautiful city of Kuala Lumpur.
The new Pro Circuit also implemented new rules. For example, the teams that are taking part in this event were unable to play in the DreamLeague Minor. This is a very big change compared to the last season, where teams had the chance of playing in pretty much all the events.
Being a Major event, this tournament will also have a lot of opportunities for the fellow eSports lovers to to try their betting luck. Having all those notable teams in the event makes it a lot easier to decide your bet.
Like we’ve said, sixteen teams are going to be playing in this event. Fifteen of them had to go through regional qualifiers, while the last team will be the winner of the DreamLeague S10 Minor. The qualifiers were divided in regions as follows:
• EU qualifier – Team Secret, Alliance, Ninjans in Pyjamas
• NA qualifier – Evil Geniuses, Forward Gaming, J.Storm
• CIS qualifier – Virtus.Pro, Gambit Esports
• China qualifier – PSG.LGD, Vici Gaming, Team Aster
• SEA qualifier – Fnatic, TNC Predator
• South America qualifier – paiN gaming, paiN x
Our preferred bookmakers to bet on this event will be:
The Chinese Powerhouse had an incredible run at the ESL One Hamburg. They have proven once again that if they start on a good note in an event, they automatically become one of the biggest favourite to win it. The question is if they have what it takes in order to put up the same performance in this Major?
This was their biggest downside in the previous Pro Circuit. Sometimes they felt like the best team in the world, while in some matches they were as strong as a tier two team. We can only hope that they will be able to keep up with their current pace.
Like we have said many times, Virtus.Pro is always considered to be one of the biggest favourites in all events that they take part in. This is due to their overall stability as a team. They have been one of the best teams in the world for over two years now. What’s more, they were also the first team that managed to secure their direct invite for TI 8 in last year’s Pro Circuit.
Of course, it is way too early to call a clear winner for TI 9, but if everything goes “as planned”, VP should definitely be one of the main favorites.
Virtus.Pro are also a really good betting option, should you decide to go for them. They rarely do mistakes against lower teams, which makes them somewhat a “safe” bet.
In a game where a team is as good as its previous game, Team Secret are definitely looking fired up. After their not so satisfying performance at TI 8, they made some roster changes and now are looking better than ever. Following Puppey’s lead, Team Secret are always deadly and capable of upsetting other top teams in the world.
Team Secret are also a good betting option. Similar to VP, they tend to make less mistakes against teams that are considered to be “lower” compared to them. However, the European powerhouse is capable of beating even those that are considered favourites against them. That’s why you should keep that in mind when you place your bet.
Of course, we can’t just leave the finalist of the biggest event in eSports history out of the favourites list. The Chinese giants will play their first event after the end of TI 8, where they lost in the final to OG, despite being a heavy favourite for the event.
PSG.LGD have this incredible mix of new and old players, which make a deadly combination of skills, experience and willingness to succeed. That’s why they also make a pretty good betting option. What’s more, most of the betting websites have pretty good odds for them as well, because they did not take part in the ESL One Hamburg.
Beside the teams that we consider to be favourites, there are also few other teams that have the potential to win the event such as Team Aster, Evil Geniuses and Forward Gaming. That’s why we would advice you to be extra careful when you decide your betting.
Like always, the games will be streamed live. This gives you the opportunity to watch some games of the team that you support and see how their perform before you bet.
Which team will be the winner of the event? Can PSG.LGD start by winning the first Major of the new Pro Circuit? Is Virtus.Pro going to shine yet again? Let us know in the comments down below.