Twelve teams ready for ESL One Los Angeles Major

Dota 2 Cristy “Pandoradota2” Ramadani

Title image courtesy of beastcoast

Twelve teams to attend the ESL One Los Angeles Major have been determined. Only the three representatives for China and the winner of Starladder Minor are left.

The third wave of DPC 2019-2020 season qualifiers is already underway with the bulk of participating teams already sorted out.

South America got the most attention in the open qualifiers after ESL had disqualified multiple teams from competing due to not being 'registered in the DPC page'. This was a gross misunderstanding on the organization's part in terms of the process and although addressed by managers and community, it was already too late for those teams. However, most eyes were on EU for the open qualifiers as OG and their new project, OG seed cruised through with little problem, securing both available spots for the famed organization. 

Once the dust had settled, the regional affairs began. 

SEA was full of internet issues with Team Adroit being forced to forfeit the first game in the semi-finals of the playoffs against Fnatic due to loss of internet. Their woes continued after and eventually, the team ended up going to an internet cafe to play out their remaining series — ultimately landing them a spot to compete in LA alongside Fnatic and Geek Fam.  Reality Rift and TNC Predator will need to compete for the sole spot in the Starladder Minor if they hope for more DPC points. 

Despite all of the unrest in roster (in)stability for the CIS region and Danil "Dendi" Ishutin having announced his new organization B8, things mostly panned out as expected with Virtus.pro and Na'vi claiming the spots, their second Major for both. 

Europe had a few surprises in store for fans. Nigma esports once again had a poor showing in the closed qualifiers and missed the boat for the Major. They will have to once again find their way into the Minor, seize the championship title and earn their spot at the Major the hard way, or should we say their way?. Team Secret once again dominated going through the entire regional qualifiers without dropping a single game. OG was right on their heels conceding only one game in the group stage portion.  A bigger surprise was to see NiPwho had made two-player changes leading up to the event, come out on top for a spot in their first Major. Nigma, Team Liquid, and Alliance will all need to battle it out for the ONE spot in the Starladder Minor. 

North America results were of little surprise as Evil Geniuses dropped only one match to the second qualified team, Chaos EsportsFighting Pandas and J.Storm's ex-roster (the players and organization quietly parted ways during the dark hours of some night behind locked doors and under a veil of mystery) will be seeking a place at the Minor, both mostly assured a spot with two allocations for the region. 

After infinite rounds of tiebreakers for the group stage between beastcoastFURIA esports and Infamous, fans were finally able to see the playoff action which yielded favorable results for the most famed and beloved SA team (beastcoast, in case you live under a rock) and Thunder Predator, filled with veteran players from Peru who had survived the open qualifier ordeal. 

For China, there was a week delay to accommodate the impact CoronaVirus has had on the region. The open qualifiers just kicked off yesterday and are expected to finish today. The closed qualifiers will begin on Friday, February 14th. 

PSG.LGD took advantage of the delay to change their roster —not once, but twice. One day after the announcement of the adjusted dates, the TI7 runner up organization announced a roster swap with CDEC of Wang "Ame" Chunyu for Lai "Ahjit" Jay Son. It didn't last long. One day before the open qualifiers LGD announced they had benched Ahjit (yes, a whopping five days after the transfer), welcoming Li "ASD" Zhiwen to the team instead. 

ESL One Los Angeles Major Teams

Europe OG

Europe NiP

Europe Team Secret

China TBD

China TBD

China TBD

Russia Virtus.pro

Ukraine Na'vi

SouthEastAsia Team Adroit


Malaysia Geek Fam

United States Evil Geniuses

United States Chaos Esports 

Peru beastcoast

Peru Thunder Predator



ESL One Los Angeles Major Format

  • Participants:
    • Fifteen Teams from Regional Qualifiers
      • Three teams each from Europe, China and Southeast Asia
      • Two teams each from CIS, North and South America
    • One team as champion of StarLadder ImbaTV Minor S3
  • Group Stage:
    • Four GSL groups
    • All games are Bo3
    • Top two teams advance to the Upper Bracket of the playoffs
    • Bottom two teams advance to the Lower Bracket of the playoffs
  • Playoffs:
    • Double elimination bracket
    • First round of the Lower Bracket are Bo1
    • All other games are Bo3
    • Bo5 Grand Finals

ESL One Los Angeles Major PrizePool and DPC points

The prize pool for the tournament is $1,000,000 USD and 15000 Pro Circuit Points.

Place $ USD DPC Points
1st $300,000 4,850
2nd $160,000 3,000
3rd $110,000 2,100
4th $80,000 1,350
5th-6th $60,000 900
7th-8th $40,000 450
9th-12th $25,000 150
13th-16th $12,500 100


ESL One Los Angeles Major

Between March 15-22nd, 16 teams —15 determined via qualifiers and the champions from Starladder Minor will battle it out at Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, California for the lion's share of the $1,000,000 prize pool and 15,000 DPC points.


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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


  • "Booncz" ,
    Valve please allocate some portion of TI prize pool to DPC ladder front runners... What happens when you don't do it? - players start playing only TI, therefore people lose interest in Major and Minors, because they don't mean anything since you can qualify either trough qualifier or one victory, when big guns are missing in the tournaments people lose interest them, and even when they are playing, it's just a warm up...means nothing, then the viewer comes only for the TI, finds out he doesn't know half of the players, and he doesn't know what the hell is going on, he ultimately stops watching everything...you need the fans to be connect to the players, keep up with the understanding of the game...and of course see them on regular bases...PLEASE
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