ESL to Host a DOTA 2 Major in Los Angeles
North America organized a Major three long years ago. The wait is finally over, as ESL One announced a DOTA 2 Major in Los Angeles next year: ESL One Los Angeles 2020.
The U.S. was home to many Minor tournaments over the years (the last one being the DOTA Summit 11 mere weeks ago). But, nothing compares to a full-fledged Major organized in one of the most important esports cities in the world.
ESL One Los Angeles 2020 Details
Los Angeles is home to the Blizzard’s Overwatch League as well as Riot Games’ North American LCS. The fact that we see DOTA 2 in the mix shouldn’t come as a surprise. On the contrary, it feels long overdue. Sixteen teams will converge in LA to fight for Dota Pro Circuit points (15,000 in total) and a sizeable prize pool ($1 million in total).
Fifteen of those teams will qualify through regional qualifiers. The team that wins the Minor (still unannounced) preceding ESL One Los Angeles gets direct seeding.
The last Major organized in the United States was December 2016 with the Boston Major. OG dominated over Ad Finem in the grand finals.
ESL One Los Angeles is scheduled for March 14-22 at Shrine Auditorium & Expo Hall, a beautiful, historic large-event venue with a capacity of 6,300. The venue is home to many events, including the Academy Awards, the Grammy’s, MTV Movie Awards and Primetime Emmy Awards. Tournament qualifiers will take place from February 9-14.
Tickets for the ESL One DOTA 2 Major in Los Angeles go on sale on November 21 on ESL’s official website.
For top-tier DOTA2 action, tune in to the DOTA 2 Chengdu Major, currently underway. TNC Predator and Vici Gaming duke it out in the Upper Bracket final. The winner of that Best of 3 takes on the winner of the Lower Bracket final (Evil Geniuses, Team Liquid, Alliance, J.Storm, Invictus Gaming and Beastcoast).
We see a ton of top-tier action over in Chengdu. Even though a couple of familiar DOTA 2 behemoths are missing, the tournament doesn’t lack in spectacle and competitiveness. You can watch the action unfold on Twitch!