Questions were raised as Team Secret were noticeably missing from the ESL One Birmingham 2018 direct invitations list. ESL Senior Vice President Ulrich Schulze himself went forward with an advice to not expect them at the qualifiers either, as the team declined the invite.
For those wondering, we offered Secret an invite to ESL One Birmingham but they decided to focus on other events instead, so don't expect to see them in the qualifier for this.— Ulrich Schulze (@theflyingdj) April 12, 2018
Holding the third place in Dota Pro Circuit standings with a considerable lead over other teams, Team Secret absence from a Western Major was a surprise. Their decline of the invite might've been the reason for invitation of Evil Geniuses. The team stands out in the invites as the only one to be placed low at DPC, recently falling below top-8 behind VGJ.Thunder after Dota 2 Asia Championships 2018.
|Regional Qualifier Winners|
The final ESL One event and second-to-last Major of the season will come to the United Kingdom for the first time ever. UK fans will have a great opportunity to view 12 teams battling for $1,000,000 and 1,500 QPs in person at NEC's Arena Birmingham on May 23-27.