Teams from every major region are represented in the qualifier stage, with the likes of Team Secret, Invictus Gaming and Team Empire all invited to participate in the tournament.
Red Bull has said that even spectators will have a chance to get in on the action this May, with the organization set to pioneer a new tournament format that will include an all-stars style round robin.
“The Red Bull LAN will feature 100 total strangers competing in one of the most team-centric games in eSports entertainment -- Dota 2. Groups will be composed of Dota 2 pros, aspiring amateurs, famous eSports personas, and more… Spectators will be able to join a waitlist on site (first-come, first-served) that will be used to fill participant slots throughout the day should a participant be unable to compete.”
Ticket purchases to both the May 9th play-offs and the May 10th grand final are already open; however the online DOTATV ticket is still unavailable.
European Qualifiers - April 17th
Ninjas in Pyjamas*
CIS Qualifiers - April 16th
American Qualifiers - April 28th
Champions of Summer's Rift*
Chinese Qualifiers - April 13th
SEA Qualifiers - April 6th
EHOME Malaysia* (no longer sponsored by EHOME)
Can't Say Wips*
CORRECTION*: a previous version of this article reported that the Warfield theatre was in San Jose.
This article was written by Matthew Elmas, joinDOTA's trial writer. Matthew has been an e-sports fan since 2008 and is currently undertaking the second year of his university studies as a journslism major. He also manages the Southeast asian team Can't Say Wips. Location: Melbourne, AustraliaFollow him on @Moxjoo.