Billed as Singapore’s biggest esports event, the PVP Esports Championship has a raft of major sponsors. With that, big names are needed to justify the investment. Step up two of the biggest names in Dota 2 — Chinese The International 2018 runners-up PSG.LGD and European side Team Secret.
The Championships are split into three esports — Hearthstone, mobile title Arena of Valor, and Dota 2 — with a total prize pool of $300,000. The lion’s share of that goes to Dota 2, and with large prize pools, major teams come knocking.
The time has come!— Team Secret (@teamsecret) September 11, 2018
We are extremely glad to announce our new Dota 2 roster for the upcoming 2018-2019 DPC season! We'll be playing Qualifiers for the upcoming KL Major shortly, and you can catch our LAN debut at the @PVPEsports tournament in Singapore next month! pic.twitter.com/H01CgddJBC
The event will be the LAN debut of Team Secret’s new-look roster, after the close-season additions of young Polish carry Michał 'Nisha' Jankowski and the Swede, Ludwig 'zai' Wåhlberg.
The best of the rest?
Joining PSG.LGD and Secret are a third invited team, Fnatic. Daryl Koh 'iceiceice' Pei Xiang will be looking to make a splash in his home country, and will certainly have the backing of a partisan crowd.
Five of the other six teams in the SEA-focused event have all gone through qualifiers to earn their spots:
— KSY, Australia
— Team Amplfy, Philippines
— Resurgence, Singapore
— Hashtag, Thailand
— Signify, India
— BOOM Esports, winners of the Indonesia Games Championship 2018
Three stages to glory
To kick things off, the six qualifiers will take part in a best-of-one round robin Group Stage.
The teams finishing in the top three positions will then move on to the Playoff Group Stage. Here, the three invited teams join the party. Due to the uneven nature of the event, a draw will be made to determine which groups the invited teams will populate.
Group A will be made up of the first and second place teams from the Group Stage, along with one invite, while Group B will feature the other two direct invites alongside the third place team from the round robin.
The top two teams from each of these groups will then move on to a single-elimination bracket — the semi-finals being played as a best-of-three series, and the Grand Finals a best-of-five.
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Who do you think will come out on top?
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