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ESL One KL Teams Announced for Upcoming Tournament

ESL One Kuala Lumpur is set to be one of the most exciting Dota 2 tournaments of the year, featuring 12 of the best teams from around the world. This tournament is especially significant as it is the first major Dota 2 tournament after Valve officially abolished the Dota Pro Circuit after six years.

With the increased importance of third-party tournaments, ESL has been putting up some of the biggest ones in recent years. The last three editions of DreamLeague have featured $1 million dollar prize pools, and Riyadh Masters was the biggest tournament in terms of prize money last year. This year’s ESL One Kuala Lumpur will feature a US$1 million dollar prize pool, making it a significant event in the Dota 2 competitive scene.

ESL One KL teams: Three of TI12’s top four teams star in 12-team field

The ESL One KL tournament will feature 12 teams, three of which were directly invited to the tournament, while the remaining nine qualified through regional qualifiers. The three teams that were directly invited are the top three teams from The International 2023, which are Team Spirit, Gaimin Gladiators, and LGD Gaming. These teams finished in the top four of the TI12 tournament and are expected to be strong contenders in the ESL One KL tournament.

The remaining nine teams qualified for the tournament through regional qualifiers, with teams from Western and Eastern Europe, MENA, China, Southeast Asia, and North and South America represented. The qualified teams are Azure Ray, Team Liquid, Team Secret, BetBoom Team, 9Pandas, Team Falcons, Invictus Gaming, Blacklist International, TSM, and Wawitas Sagazes.

The tournament will take place offline in Malaysia and will be a Tier 1 tournament with a total prize pool of $1,000,000 USD. The tournament will run from December 11 to December 17, 2023.

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