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The first ever DotA 2 Minor event was announced by Valve this past month. Ukraine is all set to host SL i-League Invitational Season 3 in Kiev. This is the same city were VG.R lifted their first SL i-League Invitational and where OG claimed their fourth Valve Major.
From October 12th to 15th, Kiev will host The i-League Invitational at CyberSport Arena. The top eight teams from across the globe will compete for the $300,000 prize pool. Only two teams will receive direct invites by Valve. The rest of the six will have to earn their spot by competing in regional qualifiers.
There are rumors that Valve will announce a first point system. To earn these points, teams will have to compete at these 11 minor events throughout the year. Just before the end of the season, teams will receive invites to The International 8, based on these earned points. However, the format of the points is yet to be announced by the developers of DotA 2.
The top six regions will compete in the qualifiers which will include SA, NA, CIS, EU, CN, and SEA. The open qualifiers will be held first, where every team will have a chance to fight for the last spot. The format of these qualifiers has been revealed by Valve. The matches will have a single elimination, best-of-one (BO1) format and will be held over a course of two days. However, the semi and the grand finals will have a best-of-three format.
So get your team registered for the open qualifiers, as there is no threshold to the experience of the teams. Valve has yet to reveal the last date to register, however, they have announced the dates of the first phase. The SA, CIS, and SEA open qualifiers will be held from the 2nd to the 3rd of September. While from 9th to 10th September, teams from NA, EU, and China will have a chance to show their wrath. There will be three stages in that tournament: open qualifications, closed qualifications, and LAN-final.
The winners will be able to pass to the next stage – regional qualifications, where the invited teams will wait for them. The participants who took first place in their regions will receive invitations to the LAN final.
Information regarding the Regional Qualifiers like the format, number of invited teams, and dates, are yet to be revealed. However, we expect Valve to release the entirety of information just after the open qualifiers.
Valve has yet to reveal the roster lock dates and a lot of teams have yet to confirm their rosters. However, teams like Evil Geniuses, who have lost their owner and their offlaner Ludwig “zai” Wåhlberg, will need to start acting fast.
We will keep you updated as we start our journey to Kiev.
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