This year’s EPICENTER Dota 2 event, which will be held in Moscow, is fast approaching and we now know the name of the second team to be invited to the event. Along with recent Kiev Major champions OG, Evil Geniuses will be entering the tournament without having to qualify.
The tournament will host 10 teams in total and will start on June 9th, when the six invited teams will start the group stage along with four qualifiers from China, SEA, CIS-Europe and Americas. The prestigious tournament will feature a prize pool of $500.000 and will be one of the last chances for teams to test themselves at a competitive level ahead of The International 7.
How Evil Geniuses Earned The Invite
Evil Geniuses have been one of the big names in the Dota 2 competitive world for many years, with their breakthrough year surely being 2014. Following numerous successes that year, including winning The Summit, World eSports Championship and many other tournaments as well as a third place at The International 4.
2015 was a year when EG finally dominated with their brilliant performances, which lead to them defeating CDEC Gaming in the finals of The International 5 and taking home over $6.000.000. The same year saw them win the Dota 2 Asia Championship and several other important tournaments, which cemented their legacy.
While 2016 was another solid year for EG, as they came third at The International 6 as well as The Shanghai Major and won China Top 2016 to end the year. Now, coming into the new year, EG have already posted a notable result at The Kiev Major 2017, losing to the champions OG in the semifinals and banking $250.000.
All of these results certainly put EG at the very top of the game and guarantee a solid performance from a team that has historically dominated the scene for several years. The continued good form of EG means that along with OG they will likely be one of the major favorites for the win in the tournament and we can be sure that it will be a privilege to watch them.
Final Test Before The International 2017
Organized by the Epic Esports Events and sponsored by LG Electronics, the EPICENTER event in Moscow will be one of the last chances for Dota 2 teams to test themselves before The International, the biggest stage tournament of the year.
As you could expect, most of the best teams in the world will either get a direct invite or do their best to qualify for the tournament as the results of the EPICENTER can mean a lot for the confidence of the teams going into the big one.
Starting on June 5th with the group stage, EPICENTER: Moscow will award a total of $500.000 in prizes, with $250.000 going to the champions. EG will be hopeful to continue their good run ahead of The International, with all eyes on them as the world waits to see if they can repeat their success from 2014. With the tournament just a month away now, we expect the other four invitations to be handed out very soon and have a fun qualifiers cycle to look forward to.