With stage 2 of The Defense almost underway, we can confirm the six teams that have been directly invited to join the top six teams of the first phase. Amongst the invites for stage 2 are the likes of ESL One NY champions Vega Squadron and Virtus Pro. How do you think the qualifying teams will fare against the new invitees? Find out the full list of all twelve teams competing in the next stage which starts as early as next...
Three studios will unite to provide coverage of the upcoming regional qualifiers for the Fall Majors, and joinDOTA's TobiWan, Capitalist and Blitz are all heading to Stockholm where they will join forces with crew from Moonduck Studios as well as the GD Studio. The Regional qualifiers span from the 10th-14th October, and will determine the eight additional teams who will head to the first Majors in Frankfurt next month.
Moritz 'Moose' Zimmerman, the brains behind the mini-documentary 'Dota - We the Community' back in February released a new mini-doc earlier today entitled 'Growing Giant', which focuses on how Valve grew The International to be the juggernaut it is today. Featuring footage from TI1 and behind the scenes footage of the training rooms and the groupstages during TI5, the video will leave you feeling proud to be Dota 2 fan.
The $250,000 MLG World Finals 2015 are the next major event coming up this fall and the groups have just been released! Of the participating teams two highest finishers at ESL One New York share the same group as Team Secret and CDEC Gaming who both are in Group B. Group A on the other hand will see TI Champions - Evil Geniuses - go up against Virtus.Pro, the European top finisher from Seattle.
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The rolling direct invites for the Fall Majors have started and opened with the two TI5 finalists, Evil Geniuses and CDEC. Sixteen teams will compete at the Fall Majors with only eight teams directly invited. Will the results of ESL One Frankfurt sway the tide? We will be updating the blog live as the teams are announced, feel free to share your thoughts in the comments.
The ESL One New York 2015 ended with Vega Squadron completing an incredible run to take first place at the star-studded tournament. Odds were stacked against them when they drawn with TI5 champions Evil Geniuses in the opening round, but the roster that failed to reach the main event of TI5 went all the way defeating Invictus Gaming in the semis before finally outclassing Secret 2-1 in the Grand Finals.
Team Empire has been in disarray over the last two weeks, an unfortunate consequence of the release of two keys players in Andrey 'alwayswannafly' Bondarenko and more importantly Maxim 'yoky' Kim. Team Empire announced the addition of Russian pubstar Ivan 'uBaH' Kapustin at the end of August, but it appears they have now had a change of heart, bringing back Maxim 'yoky' Kim for their roster for the upcoming Fall Majors...