The teams will compete in Thailand for the very first time from May 9 -12 2018 in Bangkok with the final two days of the tournament being staged in front of a live audience at Bangkok International Trade & Exhibition Centre (BITEC), Hall 106.
As an Official Valve Corporation sanctioned Pro Circuit Minor, the tournament will feature some of eSport’s top names, as well as one Thai team who will represent the country at the tournament. All nine teams will battle it out for the biggest prize purse in the country, at around THB 9,350,000 (USD 300,000), as well as Dota Pro Circuit Points (DPC points) to the prestigious Dota World Championships ‘The International’ held in Vancouver in 2018
The full line-up includes:
· Direct Invite - Team Secret: Perhaps the most highly anticipated team in the event. The Europe-based team is ranked third on current DPC standings, and has won a string of titles, including first place in 2017’s DreamLeague Season 8 and 2016’s Shanghai Major. Their team is led by Clement ‘Puppey’ Ivanov, one of the most prolific and storied captains in Dota.
· Championship Invite - Evil Geniuses: US-based pros who won 2017’s Manila Masters and 2016’s Mars Dota 2 League 2016 Autumn. They were unbeaten throughout the entire GESC Indonesia tournament, taking home the trophy as well as THB 3,444,055 (USD 110,000) and 150 DPC points. Sumail 'Suma1L' Syed Hassan, one of the team members, was named in Time Magazine's 30 Most Influential Teens of 2016.
· SEA Qualifier – Fnatic: Malaysia-based team (featuring players like Jacky ‘EternaLEnVy’ Mao and Saahil ‘UNiVeRsE’ Arora) with excellent results in the recent Dreamleague Season 9 and The Summit 8, finishing second in both
· CIS Qualifier - Vega Squadron: Vega Squadron boasts up-and-coming players who have posted good results in recent months qualifying from the CIS region for MDL Major and GESC Thailand
· N. America Qualifier - VGJ Storm: Relatively new on the Dota scene, VGJ Storm features prominent player Roman ‘Resolut1on’ Fominok. The team is endorsed and co-owned by basketball star Jeremy Lin.
· S. American Qualifier – SG e-Sports: Came first in the Pichau Masters 2017 and is the first Brazilian team to participate in a major tournament - the Kiev Major in 2017
· Europe Qualifier – The Final Tribe: An up-and-coming European team, based in Sweden who also qualified for GESC Indonesia.
· China Qualifier – Keen Gaming: A new team from China, formed from previously youth teams of the legendary Chinese Dota 2 organisation EHome
· Thailand Qualifier – Alpha Red: Winners of the Thailand Wild Card Open Qualifiers and also the first Thai team ever to play on the international Pro Circuit
GESC has also lined up the best international and up-and-coming Thai casters for the tournament. Xyclopz (Treeephob 'Tiangtrong), Cyberclasher (Kitiphat Kanjanapiphat), Lakoi (Siraphob Ratanaprateepkorn) and Arifeen (Arifeen Charawee) as well as Discotech (Sornsak Seangsong) will be part of the Thai language broadcast. The list of seasoned international talent includes ‘Sheever’ (Jorien van der Heijden), ‘ODPixel’ (Owen Davies), ‘Fogged’ (Ioannis Loucas), ‘Capitalist’ (Austin Walsh), ‘GoDz’ (David Parker), ‘Nahaz’ (Alan Bester), ‘Purge’ (Kevin Godec) and more.
Oskar Feng, Chief Executive Officer of GESC said: “This first Valve-sanctioned event in Thailand saw over 100 teams battle it out for the ‘Wild Card’ spot in the Thailand Qualifier. We’re hugely impressed with the talent we’ve discovered here and are really excited by the huge response from Thai fans who have been buying tickets in their droves and engaging with the qualifying rounds via the live-streaming. With top talent, including Team Secret and Evil Geniuses competing in the Championship, we’re looking forward to a really high energy event!”
The winning team will receive USD 110,000 plus 150 DPC points, second place will receive prize money of USD 65,000 plus 90 DPC points and the third placed and fourth team will receive USD 35,000 plus 30 DPC points. The fifth and sixth placed team will receive prize money of USD 15,500 whilst the seventh to ninth placed teams receive USD 8,000.
Two-day tickets to GESC Thailand Dota 2 Minor are currently on sale. Earlybird tickets have sold out but Advanced tickets are still available at THB 1,800 for VIP tickets (including access to team autograph signing sessions, a goodie bag and seats in the team walk-in area) and THB 750 for regular tickets. To purchase, please go to http://bit.ly/GESCThailandTickets.
GESC Thailand Dota 2 Minor is sponsored by True Online (Official Internet Sponsor), Novotel Bangkok Bangna (Official Hotel) GRAB (Official Transport), and Neolution eSports (Official Gaming Chair). The four-day tournament will be live-streamed by in Thai language on Twitch. English live streams will be available on Twitch, Youtube, Facebook and Twitter.