The 2018/2019 DPC Majors season will end in Russia. EPICENTER Moscow, scheduled for Jun. 22-30, will award the final $1M and 15,000 DPC points before The International 2019.
This is the second Major status for EPICENTER, after the premier Russian event hosted EPICENTER XL during the 2017/2018 DPC season. Just like last time, EPICENTER will be hosted at the VTB Ice Palace (now CSKA Arena) in Moscow.
EPICENTER will be the third Major held in Europe, following Stockholm’s DreamLeague (ongoing) and Paris’ MDL Disneyland (May 4-12). It will award three seeds to each of Europe, CIS and China, with qualifiers taking place May 15-19.
— Europe: 3
— CIS: 3
— China: 3
— Southeast Asia: 2
— North America: 2
— South America: 2
— TBA Minor winner: 1
The first two Majors of the season established Virtus.pro and Team Secret as the top teams in Dota 2 and the “bears” will aim to collect at least one home-turn championship. To the disappointment of CIS fans, VP have never played an EPICENTER final and it is instead Team Liquid who usually reign supreme in Moscow. Liquid boast two EPICENTER championships from 2016 and 2017 and lost the 2018 grand final to PSG.LGD.
So far, only Team Secret and VP are a lock for TI9, but the ongoing DreamLeague Major is expected to add more teams to that list.