ESL One Katowice groups drawn

Dota 2 Cristy “Pandoradota2” Ramadani

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The groups for ESL One Katowice 2018 have been drawn and the schedule for the main event set.

Poland's first Major is gearing up with less than two weeks until start time. Up to 10,000 fans will be able to pack into the iconic Spodek Arena to watch Dota 2 history unfold and none other than local heroes, Team Kinguin, will be on hand to fight for a place to compete on the main stage in front of them.

The ESL One Katowice Major will take place on February 20-25 at the Spodek Arena in Katowice, Poland with a total of 16 teams entering the battle for the $1,000,000 prize pool and 1500 TI8 qualifying points.

ESL One Katowice Major directly invited teams:

Russia Virtus.pro
Europe Team Secret
Europe Team Liquid
United States Evil Geniuses
South East Asia Mineski
China Vici Gaming
Ukraine Natus Vincere
China Newbee

ESL One Katowice Major qualified teams:

Poland Team Kinguin
Europe OG
Russia Effect
United States compLexity Gaming
Peru Infamous
China LGD Gaming
Malaysia Fnatic
United States OpTic Gaming

ESL One Katowice 2018 groups:

Group A:

Group B:


ESL One Katowice 2018 format:

  • Qualifiers and invites
    • Sixteen teams: Eight invites and eight teams from regional qualifiers:
      • One from each region China, Southeast Asia, South America, and CIS
      • Two from Europe and two spots from North America (one through the NA Last Chance Qualifier)
  • Groups
    • Groups were drawn on February 7th
    • Group Stage will be held from February 20th to the 23rd:
      • Two eight team, double-elimination groups
      • Top teams from each group advance directly to the semifinals of the playoffs
      • 2nd and 3rd placed teams advance to the quarterfinals of the playoffs
  • Playoffs
    • Playoffs will be played between February 23rd and 25th
    • Single Elimination brackets
    • All series are best-of-three
    • Grand Finals are best-of-five


ESL One Katowice 2018 main event schedule:



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Cristy “Pandoradota2” Ramadani
Pandora is a behind the scenes Dota 2 professional Jack of All Trades. When not busy with Dota 2 work, she is out trying to save the world or baking cupcakes. Follow her on Twitter @pandoradota2


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