The final Major of the 2018/19 Dota Pro Circuit (DPC) is underway and the last few days will be important to the remaining teams who have yet to qualify for Valve’s massive The International tournament, taking place last this year in Shanghai.
The winning team will receive 4,950 DPC points that will be added to the team total, which would push the teams up through the rankings to give them a qualifying spot in TI9. So far, there is only 1 spot left to get invited to TI9 and the remaining 11 teams have already been invited. Those teams are:
- Team Secret
- Virtus Pro
- Vici Gaming
- Evil Geniuses
- Team Liquid
- Ninjas in Pyjamas
- TNC Predator
- Keen Gaming
With so many of the above teams being of such a high quality, it’s easy to see why they are doing so well at the EPICENTER major. Currently, Team Secret, Team Liquid, Vici Gaming and TNC Predator all topped their groups with Team Liquid and Vici Gaming in the upper bracket finals.
A decent finish from teams like Alliance, Forward Gaming, Royal Never Give Up or Gambit Esports, could propel one of those teams above EHOME in the final DPC points tally, taking them into the top 12 and giving them the final spot at The International 9. Should none of that come to pass, which seems rather unlikely, EHOME will take the spot.
The rest of the teams who have come so close and gotten so far, will need to then try their hand at the Open Qualifiers or the Regional Qualifiers to make the Group Stages for TI9 that start on August 15.
Putting aside the fact that the top teams who have already qualified for TI9 will be fighting it out for the $1 million prize pool, the remaining few teams who are fighting for a spot will definitely have their work cut out for them in the competition.
EPICENTER is online and available to watch right now through the in-game Dota 2 client or on Twitch. The Playoffs are currently on and will be finishing up on 30 June, with the winning team taking home $300,000.