Earlier this week, ESL announced the details surrounding their second Major of the season. From February 20th-25th, Dota will, for the first time, be part of the Intel Extreme Masters circuit with a 16 team tournament. For the past years, IEM has been home to League of Legends and CS:GO events, with Katowice being an iconic location. Dota has actually been in Katowice before, but that was for ESL's EMS One Series. Now, the Dota 2 competitive scene will have its first live event at the Spodek Arena, with over $1,000,000 USD in prizemoney on the line.
The original announcement can be found here.
The Summit 8 has been formally announced for December 13th-17th. While it was an open secret that BeyondTheSummit were to host a Minor, it was not officially announced yet. That said, the previously hosted King's Cup America served as an online qualifier for North-American teams for The Summit 8, meaning that Optic Gaming is the first team confirmed to compete in Los Angeles at The Summit house. More teams and the format have yet to be announced.
South-East Asian powerhouse Mineski.亿鼎博 has continued their impressive form from StarLadder and took home the PGL Open Bucharest title. Bringing down LGD-GAMING 2-0, Mineski showed that they are a force to be reckoned with. Winning the event secured Mineski a total of 720 Qualifier Points. LGD may have been the runner-up of the event, but being forced to used a stand-in due to Victoria's health issues, the team was penalized by Valve's official rules and only received 75% of the QP, earning only 67.5 points instead of 90 per player. Evil Geniuses and Immortals came in 3rd/4th and took home 30 points per player each.
An overview of the event can be found here.
Digital Chaos has officially parted ways with Filipino youngster Abed. The mid player has tweeted out that it was a mutual split. He was supposedly set to be replaced by former Iceberg player Bryle, but according to former DC player MoonMeander on stream, Bryle decided against moving to the DC team house, leaving DC to choose former DeMoN and Bulba teammate qojqva as the final replacement.
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