Regional Qualifier invites for The Kuala Lumpur Major; OG declined to participate

Dota 2 Cristy “Pandoradota2” Ramadani

One day before the open qualifiers kick off for The Kuala Lumpur Major, the regional invites have been released for the six designated regions. 

The first thing fans will notice when they look at the highly anticipated list of the regional invites is that OG is not included in it. It seems that The International 8 championship team have declined their invitation and chosen to not participate in the first Major of the year. 

Instead, Europe will feature Team Liquid, Team Secret, Alliance and Shangri-La who have been bestowed the honour to represent the region.

*Note: Shangri-La, Quincy Crew, S.K.O.L identities are not yet confirmed at the time of writing. 

All six regions have been given four direct invitations to the closed qualifiers and four open slots for the open qualifiers that are set to begin tomorrow, Monday, September 10th. Registration is still open HERE

Three regions have three spots awarded -China, NA, and Europe and SEA, SA and CIS have two spots allocated to them for the main event. 

The teams will be competing for the lion's share of $1,000,000 and 15,000 DPC points - the first of the season. 

The Kuala Lumpur Major details:

  • Qualifier
    • 15 teams qualify through regional qualifiers: three teams each from Europe, China, and North America and two teams each from CIS, Southeast Asia, and South America
    • One team qualifies as the champion of the preceding Minor
    • Open Qualifiers start September 10th in each region
    • Closed Qualifiers take place from September 16 to 21st
  • Group Stage
    • November 9 and 10th
  • Playoffs
    • November 11-18th
    • The final three days will be held in front of a live audience at the Axiata Arena.



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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


  • "Eatdiot" ,
    Why mineski and fnatic? They even lock their roster yet. Dendi will join secret , confirmed in game he changes his nickname to Secret.Dendi
  • "carinaden" ,
    why only 2 slots given for SEA Region?..while 3 slots for NA.. i guess SEA is more competitive than NA..
  • "carinaden" ,
    Team Lotac with kpii + raven..additional exciting team for SEA..SEA deserves 3 slots...
  • Dan "Stoatflinger" Howell ,
    Copied from @iamJERAX, 07:04pm, 9 Sept 18 "Hey! Wanted to quickly comment about not playing in the first major. Most of us had the feeling, that we needed to take our time off from dota/traveling, and spend time for the other things we love. It's been an insane road and now it's time for a pit stop. See you soon again! "
    • James "Yared" A ,
      Good to know! Some good time away from the game has been proven to be essential. And it is actually known by elite trainers to improve overall performance.
  • river "riverbird" bird ,
    OG making a good call to rest. Valve making a bad call to only give SEA two slots for a SEA Major.
  • Jerom "TripleJJJ" Joseph ,
    Surprised it's only 2 invites for SEA considering, it's in SEA.


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