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Perfect World announce dates and invites for Dota 2 Asia Championship

Dota 2 Adam “GearBrylls” Hitchcock

China based Perfect World today announced the return of the Dota 2 Asian Championships along with the four invited teams to the event.

The date of the main event is between the 1st-4th of April with a group stage being held between the 28th-30th March. Chinese qualifiers take place from the 13th-15th January whilst the dates for qualifiers of other regions is yet to be announced.

In the last installment back in 2015, Evil Genuises beat out Vici Gaming 3-0 in the grand finals and EG will be hoping to pull off a similar feat as they are the first invited team to this year's tournament, after a strong showing at The Boston Major finishing in 3rd-4th place.

TI6 champions Wings Gaming also find themselves invited despite a relatively poor performance at Boston, where they were knocked out in the first knockout round by EG. The Chinese powerhouse played better at ESL One Genting finishing in 3rd-4th place, but were beaten in the semi-finals by fellow invitee Newbee. Speaking of Newbee, they are coming hot off of second place at Genting losing to Digital Chaos in the grand finals and despite not playing at Boston, Newbee are looking like one of the top teams so far in 7.01. The last invite, but not the least is Boston Major winner, OG. An obvious invite after winning the last major, OG will look to continue their form from last year by adding DAC to their catalogue of tournament wins.

Dota2 Asia Championships invited teams:

United States Evil Geniuses
China Wings Gaming
China Newbee
Europe OG

Four spots in the qualifiers have been dedicated to teams from Asia, which means thereĀ is the possibility of six Chinese teams at the event whilst the CIS, SEA, European and American regions have each been granted one qualifier spot for the event. This could lead to a stacked set of qualifiers as DAC is one of the premier Dota 2 events of the year.

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Discussion

  • Tan "simontjx" Simon ,
    Perfect World... Time for more server crash and KALE stufff
  • Johny "Shaze" Shaze ,
    Isn't it a d*ck move to invite EG over DC? Maybe they are b*tthurt that DC beat the Chinese in ESL finals?
    • !!!!! "anonop" !!!!! ,
      Why wouldn't they invite the holding champions over someone who won an unrelated tourney?
      • Denis "Vodka2Gud" Blah ,
        the tournament was 2 years ago and EG's roster is way different now, there is probably more cause to invite DC because of better recent performances
        • "Booncz" ,
          well it doesn't matter when was that tournament played, they would be the defending champs whenever, dota is no longer the game of five guys who make a team and get a sponsor, it's game of teams, just like regular sports...
      • confidential "asking" confidential ,
        well don't worry there is still america qualifier if dc worth the spot then they will qualified . No worries :)
        • Johny "Shaze" Shaze ,
          Yea, I'm sure that they can qualify easily. I'm not even a DC fan, it just seems weird to invite EG over DC who won last LAN and were 2nd at TI6.
          • Rexonial "Dancingwar" Bebb ,
            Defending Champions is a must have in a sequel tourney though :P
          • Number 1 "clariska" of Number 99 ,
            Cannot really say easily as NP's most prob stronger skill wise.If EE doesn't throw tho.His most prob better than Sumail and Rtz at this point just his item choices can be questionable at some times.
    • sax "saxnuoc1" nuoc ,
      Because the invited list was decided before ESL lol . If u dont know shit than stfu , EG has a lot of fan in China. And beside, EG also placed 3-4 in Major, same to DC, they also the defending Champion ? no problems if they invited EG instead of DC lul

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