With just a few days left before the third Major, ESL finally reveals the groups and schedules ahead the Los Angeles Major in Shrine Auditorium starting March 15.
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For the opening day, Group A will begin with a match against Team Secret and South American team- Thunder Predator. They will be joined by Na’Vi who will face Royal Never Give Up. Can Team Secret easily dominate this group, or will they be greeted with upsets?
With new rosters post-TI9, the Fly vs N0tail rivalry continues as Evil Geniuses battle OG to open Group B in the first day of the Major. Next up is Kuku’s squad- Geek Fam going head-to-head with Yawar’s squad- Chaos Esports Club. Can EG finally have their revenge on OG, or will the new OG come out strong to dominate Group B?
On the second day - March 16th, two Chinese teams will face each other in Group C as Invictus Gaming faces Ninjas in Pyjamas who will be attending their first Major this season. Then, Ehome will face the SEA powerhouse – Fnatic who is currently playing at the Dota Summit 12.
For the last group, Beastcoast will face controversial team Virtus Pro. They will be joined in Group D by Team Aster and Adroit. Team Adroit will be going with a stand-in, while Team Aster still has Visa problems for half of their squad. Whose stand-in can help their team overcome the South American titans and the CIS Bears to top their group?
Before the Playoffs, the four groups will play a GSL format over a series of Bo3’s. The top two of each group will proceed to the Upper Bracket, while the rest will fight their way from the Lower Bracket. Which Group do you think is the most stacked? Which teams will secure the top seeds? Share your thoughts in the comments and stay tuned for more!