On November 9, the first Major of the season will begin, The Kuala Lumpur Major. The best Tier 1 teams will be present in this tournament.
The event will take place in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, at the Axiata Arena. The 16 participating teams will face each other for a prize pool of one million dollars and 15,000 points from the Dota Pro Circuit.
As a novelty this year, no team comes to the official tournaments by direct invitation . All the teams have had to go through some regional qualifiers to obtain their place. The European teams that will be competing are Team Secret, Ninjas in Pajamas and Alliance. Representing CIS will be Virtus.pro and Gambit Esports. From China, PSG.LGD, Vici Gaming and Team Aster arrive. Fnatic and TNC Predator represent Southeast Asia. Three teams from North America Evil Geniuses, Forward Gaming and J.Storm. Lastly, paiN Gaming and paiN X will be representing South American region.
To finish the team formation, the winning team of the Dream League S10, Tigers will also be present. Tournament that had the category of Minor and whose winner, Tigers have received the direct invite for the Major. This team was known to everyone only five days before the start of the event. Let’s have a look at the three potential winners of the upcoming Major.
Secret will surely be the best contender to lift the title. The team was quite phenomenal in the ESL Hamburg. They might had a rough start in the playoffs, which got them dropped in the lower bracket. But from there the team simply went on a rampage. They didn’t dropped a single game until they got to the grand finale.
In the grand finals against Vici Gaming, they simply evolved to the playing strategy of the team and completely destroyed the entire team in the last game without any deaths on their team. The Mercedes winner, MidOne will also be aiming to enforce his superiority in the mid lane.
After a disappointing run in the International, VP will looking to get back to its title winning ways. The team was exceptional in the 2017-2018 DPC. They won almost every tournament and was the first team to secure the direct invite to TI.
The team hasn’t gone any change in the roster and will surely be aiming to get on a winning note. If everything goes well, the grand finale finish is guaranteed for the Russian organization.
LGD was nowhere to be seen last year before their partnership with PSG who were looking to get back in pro Dota. This partnership flourished and PSG won almost everything.
The team was amongst the Top 3 teams to lift the TI title. They had a very good run until they were beaten by the current champions OG, 2-3. This grand finals were one of the most promising games of the tournament. So PSG.LGD should have learned from their mistakes and will surely have eyes on the first Major title.
Odds on GG.bet
- Team Secret – 4.50
- Evil Geniuses – 5.00
- PSG.LGD – 5.50
- Virtus.Pro – 4.00
- Vici Gaming – 6.00
- Ninjas in Pyjamas – 10.00
- Forward Gaming – 8.50
- Team Aster – 9.00
- Fnatic – 12.00
- TNC Predator – 20.00
- Alliance – 30.00
- paiN Gaming – 30.00
- paiN X – 75.00
- ferzee – 50.00
- Marchoutofarmy – 50.00