The final Dota Pro Circuit Major welcomes 18 of the best teams to the sunny beaches of Bali — with only a few in the holiday mood.
Some teams have already punched in their tickets to The International 12 in October, with several slots still up in the air.
The Bali Major’s US$500,000 is a hefty prize pool, yes — but more teams will have their eyes set on the precious 3,500 DPC points.
All teams qualified for Bali Major
|PSG.LGD||1st in DPC CN|
|Invictus Gaming||2nd in DPC CN|
|Team Aster||3rd in DPC CN|
|Azure Ray||4th in DPC CN|
It wasn’t entirely a smooth journey, but Lu “Somnus” Yao’s return to competitive Dota has immediately paid off.
Azure Ray, featuring three former PSG.LGD players, was the final team to lock in their berth to Bali, alongside the region’s dominant teams: PSG.LGD, Invictus Gaming, and Team Aster.
|Tundra Esports||1st in DPC WEU|
|Gaimin Gladiators||2nd in DPC WEU|
|Quest Esports||3rd in DPC WEU|
|Team Liquid||4th in DPC WEU|
Beware: the champs seem to be returning back to form.
TI11 winners Tundra Esports finished Tour 3 with a clean 7-0 record — especially impressive in a region with superb parity in recent seasons.
The two finalists of the last two Major grand finals, Gaimin Gladiators and Team Liquid, are also packed for Bali. Both squads are qualified to TI12, but will look to make another unprecedented championship run.
Quest Esports is the new addition from the region. Formerly the Ooredoo Thunders, the team added Ammar “ATF” Al-Assaf in the offseason, edging out the other teams to claim a berth.
|Bleed Esports||1st in DPC SEA|
|Blacklist International||2nd in DPC SEA|
|Execration||3rd in DPC SEA|
Bleed Esports became the unexpected winner of Tour 3 in dominant fashion, after barely surviving in Division 1 with two consecutive 6th place finishes. This marks a return for Daryl “iceiceice” Koh to the LAN stage after almost two years, after missing out on every Major since leaving Evil Geniuses.
Blacklist International also make their first Major this season, while Execration will be the only SEA team to attend all three Majors — though they will be looking not to get a third consecutive group stage exit.
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|Team Spirit||1st in DPC EEU|
|BetBoom Team||2nd in DPC EEU|
|9Pandas||3rd in DPC EEU|
Another champion is rising to the occasion.
TI10 champs Team Spirit cleared through the DPC with a 7-0 record — winning every series 2-1 — booking their third Major slot and inching close to an almost guaranteed TI12 slot.
BetBoom Team, who has been consistent regionally but has failed to transfer that performance to the international stage, will
9Pandas, who claimed third in the Lima Major, are the closest EEU team to a direct TI12 invite. Claiming any points in Bali will secure their slot, and the squad will be looking to test their championship aspirations.
|Shopify Rebellion||1st in DPC NA|
|nouns||2nd in DPC NA|
|beastcoast||1st in DPC SA|
|Evil Geniuses||2nd in DPC SA|
For the first time this year, we are getting a new representative from the Americas for the Bali Major.
Shopify Rebellion, beastcoast, and Evil Geniuses attend their third DPC Major this year. Nouns, establishing themselves as just behind the top dogs in North America, beat out TSM to claim a Major berth for themselves — the first in organization history.
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