SEA Qualifiers for 1 Major and 1 Minor Announced

Vignesh Raghuram

30o, Dec, 2017
Two more tournaments have announced their Open Qualifiers, ESL One: Katowice and SL i-League Invitational Season 4 have both announced qualifiers with clashing dates. This will definitely pose a huge problem to aspiring Pro teams who try to participate in every event possible.

Will these organizations come together and find a solution? Will Valve step in? Or will teams just have to choose to participate in one over the other??

SL i-League Invitational Season 4

China will be the location of the 4th iteration of the StarLadder i-League Invitational. It will take place from the 1st to 4th of February and will have $300,000 and 300 Qualifier Points on the line.

8 Teams will be taking part in the main event. Team Liquid and Newbee were directly invited to the event while SG Esports, Team Kinguin and Team Empire have already qualified for the event via the South American, European and CIS qualifiers respectively.
The SEA Open Qualifiers for this event will be conducted on the Faceit platform on January 6th -7th, followed by the Regional Qualifiers which will kickoff on January 9th.
Open Qualifier Details
  • January 6th, 2018
Rounds IST SGT
Round of 256 01:30 PM 04:00 PM
Round of 128 02:45 PM 05:15 PM
Round of 64 04:00 PM 06:30 PM
Round of 32 05:15 PM 07:45 PM
Round of 16 06:30 PM 09:00 PM
Quarterfinals 07:45 PM 10:15 PM
  • January 7th, 2018
Rounds IST SGT
Semifinals 02:30 PM 05:00 PM
  • The top two teams from the Open Qualifiers will move on to the Regional Qualifiers.
  • All rounds will be BO1s except for the semifinals which will be BO3 matchups
Registration Info
Registration Link: Click HERE
Registations Close: 6th January, 12:30 PM IST | 03:00 PM SGT

ESL One 2018: Katowice

The qualifier details of the 5th Dota Major of this season has just been announced. The ESL One 2018: Katowice is set to take place on February 24-25, in Katowice, Poland. Just like the other majors, this tournament will have $1,000,000 and 1500 Qualification Points for TI8 on the line. 
With 16 teams set to participate in the Main Event, the top 3 teams on the Dota 2 Pro Circuit table; Team Liquid, Team Secret and Virtus Pro have already been invited to the event. While the 7 other invites are yet to be announced, ESL has released the details of the qualifiers.
Qualifier Schedule
Open Qualifier Schedule
Regions Dates
North American Open Qualifiers January 7th 2018
South American Open Qualifiers January 6th 2018
South East Asian Open Qualifiers January 6th 2018
European Open Qualifiers January 6th 2018
CIS Open Qualifiers January 6th 2018
  • Regional Qualifier Schedule
9th January 2018 – 12th January 2018

Qualifier Format
Open Qualifiers: 
  • Up to 512 teams
  • Single elimination, BO1s (except for the last round, which will be BO3s)
  • 4 teams qualify for the closed qualifier

Closed Qualifiers:
  • 12 teams in total
  • Single elimination, BO3s (except for The Grand Finals, which is a BO5)
  • 8 teams directly invited 
  • 4 teams qualify through open qualifiers
  • The top 4 teams get a bye in round 1
Registration Info

Open qualifiers for all regions outside China are being held through the ESL Play website. You can register for them on the below links
• Europe
• North America
• South America

Registrations close on 6th January 2018. Only 512 slots are available, so hurry up and register your team before they close.
Streaming info
AFK Gaming will be streaming select SEA Open Qualifier matches on our Twitch Channel.

Images Sourced from ESL and Starladder