OG and Newbee Among Eight Teams Invited to Kiev Major
Valve has finally released the list of teams that have received, and accepted, direct invites to the upcoming Kiev Major, and the competition is stacked.
The reveals made this morning were only accessible to those who owned the Winter 2017 Battle Pass, but they were almost immediately posted to social media by several users, including Dota 2 personality Tobi “Tobiwan” Dawson and mysterious insider Wykrhm Reddy.
Of course, The International 2016 champions Wings Gaming received an invite to the major, as well as tournament favorites OG and Evil Geniuses, Ad Finem, TI6 runner-ups Digital Chaos, Dota 2 powerhouses Newbee, Team Liquid, and VG.J. It’s an intense lineup, which means fans have an exciting, if emotionally exhausting, weekend to look forward to as they watch some of the strongest teams in Dota 2 compete for the lion’s share of $3 million USD.
That’s not all, though, because there will be more competition introduced to the lineup as the regional qualifiers play out. Over thirty teams have received invites to their respective regional qualifiers, which you can find below. Eight teams will join those with direct invites at the main event, with four of those slots to be handed out to the top two teams from the China and SEA qualifiers.
|CIS||SEA||South America||North America||Europe||China|
|Comanche||Clutch_Gamers||Midas Club Elite||Team Freedom||Elements Pro Gaming||Invictus Gaming.Vitality|
|Team Empire||Execration||SG-eSports||Team NP||Team Secret||Vici Gaming Potential|
|Virtus.pro||Geek Fam||Team OnyX||Ninjas in Pyjamas||Invictus Gaming|
|F.R.I.E.N.D.S||TNC Pro Team||WanteD||Cloud9||LGD Forever Young|
|Team Spirit||Mineski||Team Red||B)ears||LGD Gaming|
|Effect||Rex Regum Qeon||ALTERNATE aTTaX||CDEC Gaming|
|Vega Squadron||Team Faceless||Alliance||Cavalry|
The Kiev Major Open Qualifiers will begin on March 6th and run until the 9th, with the Main Qualifiers running from the 10th to 13th. Official dates for the Group Stages are to be announced, but the Main Event will take place April 27th to the 30th at the National Palace of Arts in Kiev, Ukraine.
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