Galaxy Battles Major 2018 Announced!!

Vignesh Raghuram

7th, Oct, 2017
The first Dota 2 Major of 2018, has just been announced. The Galaxy Battles Major 2018, will run from January 15- 21, 2018 with 1 Million Dollars and 1500 Qualifier Points on the line, in the gigantic Philippines Arena, Manila.
 
  

16 Teams will take part in this major, with eight qualifier teams and eight direct invites. The winners of the 6 regional qualifiers (NA, SA, EU, CIS, China, SEA) automatically secure their place in the main event. Furthermore, the winners and runners-up of the New Blood Championships, along with the CIS and European qualifiers runners-up will also be at the LAN to battle for two wildcard spots to enter the main event of the Galaxy Battles Major 2018. 
 
 Image Credits: Mineski
 
A detail that should be noted is that, while 2 teams will not make it through the Wild Card, no teams will be eliminated in the Group Stage. This means organizers intend to pack a 16-team main event into three days. This probably means that the main event will have a single elimination bracket.
 
 

The Direct Invites:

 
OG:

The 4-time major winning team has been doing quite well for themselves in European regional qualifiers for various tournaments. They have earned their invite as a result.
 
Newbee:

The runner-ups of TI7 haven’t had much of a chance to showcase their skill in the post-TI7 scenario, but they are still a reasonable invite.
 
TNC:

This SEA team has been underperforming ever since their strong showing in TI7, having failed to qualify for a single LAN this season. Their invite is quite questionable. But stretching it, we can let it pass considering it's a Filipino event.
 
Infamous:

The truly baffling invite amongst these 4. Infamous haven't got past results to speak of besides attending TI7 and winning the DreamLeague Season 8 SA Qualifier last week. Perhaps their participation in the last Galaxy Battles tournament played a part in securing their invite.
 
The four remaining direct invites will be announced at a later date.
 

The Regional qualifiers for the event are scheduled to commence mid-November and are expected to run for approximately one month.
 
A music festival and various Dota-themed activities will also take place alongside the tournament in the Philippines Arena, Manila.

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