It will be a battle of the best Southeast Asian teams when the ONE Esports Dota 2 SEA League takes off with its online qualifiers this Thursday, June 4.
Three teams from these qualifiers will join the seven teams who received a direct invite to participate in the tournament.
TNC Predator and Team Adroit will be bannering the Philippine side as they compete against the likes of Boom Esports, Fnatic, Geek Fam, Reality Rift and T1, alongside the qualification winners.
The first set of online qualifiers will be held on June 4-5, with a single elimination format until the semi-finals, which will be played in a best-of-three format. The winners of both series will take the eighth and ninth spots.
The last set of online qualifiers takes place on 6 June, with the winner completing the cast for the tournament proper.
The qualifiers are open to all teams in the Southeast Asia server, which includes Australia, New Zealand, Japan, and Korea. Interested teams can sign up here until June 05.
All 10 teams will battle it out in a round-robin format over a 16-day season starting on June 18.
The two cellar-dwellers after the round-robin will be given the boot, with the top eight teams advancing to the double-elimination playoffs from July 15-19. They will then compete in a best-of-three playoff format, and the last two teams standing will face off in the Grand Finals set on July 19.
The winner gets the lion’s share of the US$100,000 prize pool, with the champion taking US$40,000. The second placed winner takes US$20,000, the third placed squad goes home with US$15,000 while the fourth-placer settles for US$7,000.
A cash prize of US$4,000 will be given to the fifth and sixth placed squads; the seventh and eighth squads take US$3,000; while the ninth and tenth place get US$2,000.
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