ONE Esports SEA League Begins in June With Dota 2
The ONE Esports Sea League kicks off June 4 with the top Dota 2 teams from the region. But while having awesome teams come together to battle it out in esports, what’s more important than that? The money, of course! Maybe that’s just me, though. The total prize pool is $100,000 and the winning team will bring $40,000 home, which is a crazy amount of money for Dota 2.
Who Is Throwing Down at Roshan?
One of my fondest (sort of) memories of Dota 2 was seeing how early a combo of players could take down Roshan. But I’ll never be one of those awesome players because playing Dota 2 makes my blood boil. But I love watching it.
The top teams from Southeast Asia are coming together for the ONE Esports SEA League, and seven of those teams (Team Adroit, Boom Esports, Fnatic, Geek Fam, Reality Rift, T1 and TNC Predator) were invited personally. The other three will do battle after the qualifiers. All players in the Southeast Asian server are invited too, so Australia, New Zealand, Japan, and Korea are all potentially going to be represented.
Whew, that’s a stacked card of teams! TNC Predator is likely going to try and reclaim their spot on top of the SEA Region, but for me, my money is on Fnatic or T1. Any of these teams could easily come out on top though, as they are the who’s who of the region.
The first set of qualifiers goes down on June 4-5 and two of the three teams will make their way to the ONE Esports SEA League. The final schedule is on June 6 and all matches are BO1 format until two teams remain. Not a best-of-three? Now that is intense. But only the best make it to the main show, after all.
These squads better draft their most busted comps and do lots of homework on what the other squads could bring to the table. But the main event of ONE Esports’ SEA League is on June 18. The 10 teams will then play in a 16-day round-robin group stage. Two of the teams will drop, and the remaining eight go on to the playoffs.
The playoffs themselves will take place July 15-19. These will be double-elimination, best-of-three, and the grand finals will be a best-of-five. I have to say, this sounds like it’s going to be some seriously intense Dota 2 action. I’m a little out of the loop, so I don’t know who is quite so busted anymore, but Dota 2 is a MOBA where literally anything can happen.
It requires, arguably far more intense practice and skill than any other MOBA. So, it’ll be interesting to see what these teams bring to the table for about a month of hardcore Dota action.