The last three direct invites for #EPICENTER XL have now been revealed. Invites were sent to 🇪🇺@teamsecret, 🇨🇳@NewbeeCN and 🇺🇦@natusvincere!— EPICENTER (@epicentergg) 12 lutego 2018
Thus, the list of directly invited teams has been finalized. It will be an EPIC battle, don't you think?😉#epicgg #epicenter #dota2 pic.twitter.com/Rge0t43wdT
Expect to hear the "NA - VI - NA - VI - NA - VI" chant loud and proud from fans in Moscow at the end of April, as the team clashes with fellow titans Team Secret and Newbee, who also got invites to the upcoming CIS Major.
Pro Circuit decides invites
While some fans might be surprised that Na'Vi got the fifth invite, it's actually pretty accurate. Due to the transfer of Ilya 'Lil' Ilyuk to the Ukrainian power house, Dendi and co. now have enough points to jump on fifth place in the ranking.
That means Mineski slightly missed their invite spot because just five teams got invited. Despite not getting a direct invite, chances are high that Daryl 'iceiceice' Koh and his mates will visit the Russian capital, since the SEA qualifiers for the tournament are ending on the 12th.
Team Secret, meanwhile, is in with a shot of reclaiming their godhood status. Having won Captains Draft Season 4 and demonstrating a clear dominance over Team Liquid in DreamLeague Season 8, Clement 'Puppey' Ivanov and his team have jumped to number one in Dota 2 once more.
It will be the Majors at Bucharest, Shanghai and Katowice that determine whether Team Secret will stay top going into EPICENTER XL.
Photo credit: DreamHack - Jennika Ojala