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GESC Thailand will be a minor status tournament in the DotA Pro Circuit, held from May 9th to 12th, 2018. The world is waiting for the action since the announcement of the top participating sides. They will compete with other teams from across the globe in this exciting competition.
This is the first time a professional tournament will take place in Bangkok, Thailand. The final two days of the tournament will be open to a live audience at Hall 106, Exhibition Center.
GESC Thailand, apart from the first competitive tournament, is the first competition to be certified by Valve in the region. The participating sides consist of many renowned players from across the globe. The competition also includes a team from Thailand.
The lineup is composed of nine players that will compete in the tournament aiming to lift the title on their home soil. The prize pool is worth $300,000 and the winners will also receive DPC points to compete in the prestigious DotA 2 World Championship, The International 2018, which will be held in Vancouver, Canada, this year.
Team Secret: Considered to be the most popular team in this tournament, this team from Europe is currently ranked #3 on the DotA Pro Circuit. Even though the side is set to receive a ticket to TI 8, the team is quite ambitious to win this competition. They won DreamLeague Season 8 in 2017 and the Shanghai Major in 2016. The team captain of Secret is Clement “Puppey” Ivanov, who is ready to take his side to victory.
Evil Geniuses: This is the team from the USA, the team that won the Manila Masters in 2017 and Mars DotA 2 League in Autumn 2016. They were the only unbeatable team throughout the GESC Indonesia. The offlaner Syed Sumail “SumaiL” Hassan was also named in Time Magazine as one of the 30 most influential teenagers 2016.
Fnatic: Coming from Malaysia, the side includes Jacky “EternaLEnVy” Mao and Saahil “UNiVeRsE” Arora. Both showed fantastic performances in DreamLeague Season 9 and The Summit. Fnatic earned silver medals in both competitions.
Vega Squadron: The team from the Common Wealth region has shown admirable performances in recent months. The side recently managed to qualify for the MDL Major and GESC Thailand. They will be aiming for a respectable finish at the end of GESC.
VGJ Storm: The side is considered a newbie team in the DotA competitive circuit. The team’s lineup includes one of the most skilled players of the game, Roman “Resolut1on” Fominok. The side is all set to make a mark at GESC and is supported by Jeremy Lin, a renowned NBA basketball player.
SG e-Sport: This side won the Pichau Masters in 2017. They also happen to be the only Brazilian team to participate at the Kiev Major in 2017. They can beat anyone on their day and may very well take the title to Brazil.
The Final Tribe: The new Swedish team at GESC Indonesia. They will have a tough time at the competition because of their inexperience.
Keen Gaming: A team composed of the roster from the legendary DotA 2 team, EHome. However, they haven’t shown any solid performances in the DPC so far.
Alpha Red: Winner of the Thailand Wild Card Open Qualifiers. They will be the first Thai team to compete with the international professional team. They will be the crowd favorites even though their chances of winning are quite slim.
In the group stage, all the participating teams will be placed in a single group. Here, nine teams play in a Bo1 format. After the end of this phase, the top six teams will qualify for the playoffs. While the bottom three sides will be eliminated from the competition.
In the playoff stages, the six teams will first play in the single elimination format. In the semifinals, all the games will follow the BO3 format. While the Grand Final will be played in a BO5 format.
The winning team will receive a $110,000 prize along with 150 DPC points. The first runner-up will receive $65,000 and 90 DPC points. Top 3 and 4 will receive $35,000 prize money and 30 DPC. Teams ranked 5th and 6th will receive $15,500 in prize money. No. 7-9 will receive a cash prize of US $8,000.
GESC also brings together the most famous and prestigious Thai and foreign cast members in this competition such as Xyclopz, Cyberclasher, Lakoi, Arifeen, and Discotech. Surprisingly, the minor status competition will also have professional casters from abroad. Sheever, ODPixel, Fogged, Capitalist, GoDz, Nahaz, Purge, and many more.
GESC Thailand DotA 2 Minor is sponsored by True Online (Official Internet Support), Novotel Bangkok Bangna (Official Sponsor), and GRAB (Official Transport Sponsor). The 4-day event will be live in Thai through Twitch.
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