IG’s invite comes amidst speculation that renowned carry player Xu ’Burning’ Zhilei will be joining the Invictus Gaming roster, if this is the case then expect Burning to accompany IG to Malaysia later this month to compete in his first LAN event with the team. However, IG are not the only attending team who have experienced roster changes; SEA qualifier Can’t Say Wips will look to take home another SEA title with their new line-up featuring Adam ’343’ Shah.
The event will also feature Team Redemption who were given special consideration by Major All-stars to compete in the Southeast Asian qualifiers following their involvement in a match fixing scandal last year. Their subsequent qualification for the LAN finals will be an opportunity for the troubled team to begin repairing their reputation in the scene.
The event itself will take place within the Malawati stadium in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and will run from the 20th to the 22nd of March. With the addition of IG eight teams are expected to compete at the LAN finals, however with Invasion yet to release details about a possible replacement for their recently departed player Fadil bin ’Kecik imba’ Razif their position in the tournament is still uncertain.
Major All-stars represents a historic moment for DOTA 2 in Southeast Asia; boasting a prize pool of over $100,000 the event is record breaking for the region. It will also be the third multi-region LAN event to be held in SEA in the last 12 months, with teams from around the world once again flocking to Malaysia for their chance at the top prize.
The Major All-stars prize pool increases with community contributions, so if you would like to support the tournament and the attending teams you can purchase the in-game ticket here. Additionally, if you are interested in attending the LAN event in person to meet the players themselves, you can also purchase tickets to the event here.
This article was written by Matthew Elmas, joinDOTA's senior writer. Matthew has been an e-sports fan since 2008 and is currently undertaking the second year of his university studies; majoring in journalism. He also manages the Southeast asian team Can't Say Wips. Location: Melbourne, AustraliaFollow him on @Moxjoo.