The next Major in Dota 2 has been announced, with PGL and Kuala Lumpur set to host the event from the 16th to 18th of November, 2018. The tournament will take place at the Axiata Arena in the Malaysian capital and see 16 of the world’s best teams battle it out for a share of the $1m prize pool. The winners will take home a cool $350,000, with the teams in last getting $10,000 each just for showing up.
Specific dates for the Open Qualifiers or any potential invites are yet to be announced, but with the event due in just a couple of months there isn’t going to be a lot of time to work with. The tournament proper runs from the 16th to the 18th, as mentioned, with the Group Stages due to run from the 9th to 10th of November and the play-offs in the week starting on the 11th. Major Qualifiers are set to take place between the 16th and 21st of September.
Huge SEA fan base
Standard seating for the three days of arena play starts at MYR180, which is roughly $45, and not bad value at all compared with events in some western nations. Of course, travel will be an issue, but with the huge fan base Dota 2 enjoys in South East Asia it is unlikely ticket sales will be a problem at this event.
Home favourites Mineski had a decent run at TI8, and will be looking forward to playing in front of a home crowd, and the event will be the first chance fans get to see the post TI8 shuffle configuration of some of the biggest teams.
OG’s victory in Canada broke many records and ruined the sequence of Chinese wins, and combined with the number of roster changes we’ve seen should make this one of the most anticipated Majors in recent Dota 2 memory.