Details have been announced of the EPICENTER XL Dota 2 tournament, which will head to Moscow later this year.
In what is Russia's largest ever prize pool for a single-esport tournament, $1 million will be up for grabs when the competition kicks off later this month. The final stage of the tournament will be held in Moscow from the 27th of April to the 6th of May, with the finals being held at the VTB Ice Palace sports arena on the 4th–6th. The competition will also mark the first time that a Russian-hosted esports tournament holds Major status.
With official Valve support, Pro Circuit points will also be on the line at Epicenter XL, which will count towards teams' chances of reaching Valve's showpiece Dota event: The International. The nationwide mobile carrier Yota will maintain their tradition of being the title partner of the tournament.
From the 20th of January, open and closed qualifiers for Epicenter XL will be held in six regions: CIS, Europe, South America, North America, China, and South-East Asia. Ultimately, twelve teams will be eligible for the LAN event in Moscow, either through the qualification or via direct invitation. Team Liquid and Virtus.pro are both already confirmed as participants, so competition will be stiff, with the former holding the title of Dota 2 world champions alongside two Epicenter trophies.
Registration forms for regional open qualifiers and details about the tournament are available at the following links:
The first Epicenter tournament in Moscow was followed by over 24 million viewers internationally, so one could expect this event to also command considerable attention.