Team Empire appear to be in a spot of bother in regards to securing their line-up for the upcoming Majors, with the organisation revealing their new 5th player is already locked to the aSpera.dota2.net roster on the Major's website. According to Team Empire Valve was unwillingly to bend the rules on player locks, which could mean that Team Empire will be forced to play through the open qualifiers.
The MLG World Finals next month is now set to be a cracker, with the organisation confirming the addition of TI5 winners Evil Geniuses to the list of invites. The NA team is even stronger on paper after the return of Artour 'Arteezy' Babaev and the departure of Kurtis 'Aui_2000' Ling, and their challengers will have just over a month to prepare ahead of the $250,000 tournament in New Orleans.
The former Evil Geniuses player is part of a newly formed team called Digital Chaos, and in an interview with TheScore published earlier today, the Canadian said he does not expect his team to be able to challenge Evil Geniuses until the second Major. Although, Aui did say he expects Digital Chaos to be the second best team in North America. 'We’ll be able to compete in the Majors just not with EG maybe,' he told TheScore.
Six teams are to be invited to the MLG World Finals in New Orleans, with MLG delighted to confirm the participation of both Team Secret and Virtus Pro, who will join LGD Gaming, MVP.Phoenix and CDEC in the list of invites for the tournament. All five of the invites so far placed in the top 8 at TI5, making the MLG World Finals a huge date on the Dota 2 calendar in the run-up to the first Major.
The ESL One New York Main qualifiers continue today with two more matches, including the first match for Navi since the addition of Adrei 'PSM' Dunaev as their new captain. Following this should be another huge clash as Team Empire start their new campaign with a match against 5Jungs, Fata and Kuroky's new stack. Both matches will be cast by Capitalist and co-caster Jacky 'EternaLEnVy' Mao.
The Betting King is getting a revival and an upgrade, and embracing the future by cooperating with eSports betting company Unikrn. The Unikrn Betting King will continue the tradition of pitting our users against each other to finish the month with the most points, but will also reward the winner with TWO hardware prizes as well as 100 Unikoins to trade for real gear!
The new Fnatic roster is off to a flying start in ESL One New York SEA qualifiers and after the addition of Black^, Net and Chrissy, the team has received a direct invite to the huge upcoming SEA competition the Nanyang Championships (NYC) in Singapore. The NYC is set to be the largest event on record in the region, eclipsing the Major All Stars event last year.
Shortly after the announcement of Korean record-breakers MVP Phoenix being invited to the MLG World Finals we can reveal another two teams that will be heading to New Orleans. They are none other than CDEC Gaming and LGD Gaming, the 2nd and 3rd place finishers of TI5. This will mark the first time that Chinese teams attend the joinDOTA MLG Pro League.