ESL Asia introduces the ESL SEA Championship for Dota 2, a brand new regional tournament in Southeast Asia with tie-ins to ESL One Birmingham 2020
ESL is proud to announce the first ever season of ESL SEA Championship for Dota 2! A regional tournament featuring 8 of the top teams in Southeast Asia, the competition has a total prize pool of US $20,000. The winner of the Championship will also earn a direct spot to the SEA closed qualifiers of ESL One Birmingham 2020.
The tournament will consist of 4 invited teams which will be announced at a later date. The remaining 4 teams will have to earn their spot through the open qualifiers happening between 29th February and 4th March.
Open Qualifier #1: 29th Feb – 1st Mar
Open Qualifier #2: 3rd – 4th Mar
The 8 teams in the ESL SEA Championship will be split into 2 GSL Groups, with 4 teams in each group. Group A matches will be played on the 9th & 10th March and Group B matches on the 25th & 26th March. The top 2 teams of each group will advance to a single-elimination playoffs happening on the 4th & 5th April. All matches are best-of-3s with the exception of the Grand Final which will be a best-of-5.
You can sign up for the tournament here.
“The zero-to-hero notion has always been a very important aspect for us and we are excited to have a direct connection between our regional and global product,” said Nick Vanzetti, Senior Vice President of ESL Asia-Pacific Japan. “This is a great start for 2020 and we will continue to make the path to pro as direct as possible.”
“There is a lack of opportunities for up and coming teams and we wanted to develop a product to tackle this issue,” said Michael Kiefer, Head of Products at ESL Asia. “With the ESL SEA Championship granting a direct path to the closed qualifiers of ESL One Birmingham 2020, it provides additional opportunities and financial support for teams as well as a more interesting storyline for fans to follow.”