The ONE Esports Dota 2 Indonesia Invitational is one of the final tournaments to grace the scene in the 2020 season.
The tournament is organized in partnership with PGL, and will take place between 23-29 November 2020 in Jakarta, Indonesia. A total of $500,000 has been towards prize funds for the participants.
ONE Esports Dota 2 Indonesia Invitational Tournament Overview
Ten teams are set to compete at ONE Esports Dota 2 Indonesia. Eight teams are direct invites and two through regional qualifiers. No official tournament rules and teams have been announced yet.
Based on previous ONE Esports Dota 2 events we can expect the following tournament format.
Two groups, five teams each
- Bo2 round robin
- Top two teamsadvance to the Upper Bracket of the playoffs
- 3rd and 4th placed teamsadvance to the Lower Bracket
- The last team is eliminated
- Double Elimination
- All games are played in Bo3 Series except the Grand Finals
- Grand finals is played in a Bo5 Series
Alternatively, a Modified Swiss-system format (teams stop playing after 3 wins or 3 losses) may be employed.
Regardless of format, there is plenty of Dota 2 action to bet and theorize about as soon as the event participants are known.
A series of unfortunate events all tying to COVID-19
As everything is quite unlucky in 2020, ONE Esports Dota 2 Indonesia got its share of pandemic in troubles many ways. The first and foremost was the rescheduling of the event. Originally, ONE Esports Dota 2 Jakarta event was planned to take place in 17-19 April 2020. After the event was put in question due to travel restrictions, ONE Esports decided to merge both the Jakarta event and Indonesia Invitational under one major level event.
Qualified teams and the fall of Reality Rift
Two teams were given a chance to qualify to the event through qualifiers held in Kuala Lumpur and Jakarta. Each of the two featured one direct invitee and one representative from the Philippines, Vietnam, Thailand and Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia respectively.
BOOM Esports and Reality Rift, the two teams that were the original invitees to each qualifier also managed to secure their spot at the main event.
A few months after securing their spot, Reality Rift decided to shut down their Dota 2 branch permanently on September 1st. The players that originally qualified for the event are likely to participate under the ex-Reality Rift name or a name of their choosing.
There is also an added possibility the team refuses to participate, in which case ONE Esports will assign the slot to a different team.
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What to expect from ONE Esports Dota 2 Indonesia Invitational?
The CEO of ONE Esports was quite assertive and signaled that a high-quality event is definitely going to happen. They Invitational in Indonesia was announced just after the Singapore Major in June.
The organizers also promised to bring the world’s best pro teams and many side events for fans including cosplay and the meet-and-greet sessions. As noted before, this tournament offers a massive prize pool directly aimed at attracting the top talent in the world.
However, the invited teams aren’t publicly announced. None of the top Dota 2 teams have pledged their attendance to the event as of yet.
A look back at the Singapore World Pro Invitationals
The predecessor of Indonesia Invitational is The ONE Esports Dota 2 Singapore World Pro Invitationals. The huge event took place between 17-19 December 2019 as twelve teams fought for an identical $500,000 prize pool.
The participants of last year’s event were definitely eye-catching and prominent names. This can bring us some comfort in the idea that ONE Esports aims to attract only the best talents to this year’s event.
Team Secret, PSG, Virtus.pro, Evil Geniuses, Natus Vincere, Vici Gaming, TNC Predator, Alliance, Gambit Esports, Team Aster, Team Liquid and J.Storm were the 2019 participants.
The viewership stats tell another success story for ONE Esports Dota 2 World Pro Invitational Singapore. Peak viewer number is 211,586 and the average viewers were 83,503. These stats don’t even include the Chinese streams. Given the fact that Vici Gaming won the event, the Chinese audience was quite happily streaming this event as well.
You can watch the highlights of last year’s event here.
We will update this article accordingly as new information about the event comes to light. Don’t forget to mark your calendars for the 23rd of November!
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