EPICENTER is set to close the Majors list for the Dota Pro Circuit season this year. It represents the last chance for the teams currently placed below top 12 in the DPC rankings to secure themselves a slot at The International 2019 via points earned.
For the fourth time in a row, the event is returning to Moscow, Russia to deliver a show to be remembered. This year the main event will be hosted at the VTB Ice Palace June 22-30, with 16 teams fighting for the spoils. As being a part of the DPC season, EPICENTER 2019 will feature no direct invites, all 16 participants having to earn their place in the $1,000,000 Major. One team will head to Moscow via the StarLadder Minor, but 15 others will find their way to the event via regional qualifiers.
Open Qualifiers: May 11-12
EPICENTER organizers announced the open qualifiers to be hosted on FACEIT May 11-12, with “the strongest teams from each region” advancing into the closed regional qualifiers. Those interested to compete in the open brackets can already register their teams on FACEIT at the links below:
Chinese open qualifiers will be held on VARENA April 29-30.
Closed qualifiers: May 15-19Valve is yet to announce which regions will receive the extra slot allocation for the closed regional qualifiers. Most probably the decision will be taken around or after the second to last Major in the season, the MDL Disneyland® Paris. For now, EPICENTER announced the dates for closed regional qualifiers for their event to be May 15-19, with two teams from each region guaranteed to make it to the LAN portion of the tournament. The winner of the Minor preceding the EPICENTER Major will join the 15 qualified teams in the race for the final DPC tournament before TI9.