ESL One New York is already shaping up to be one of the best Dota 2 tournaments of this fall. The International 5 sensations CDEC and CIS stars Virtus.Pro have been confirmed as directly invited teams and will be making the trip to New York. Team Secret – ESL One Frankfurt reigning champions, were the first to receive an invitation, on August 28th.
Virtus.Pro managed an unexpected performance when they saw odds-on favorites Team Secret eliminated from TI5 contention, 2:1. They recovered from a one-game deficit and flat out outplayed them – an even more remarkable performance considering that the CIS team had never won a full series against Secret before. They came in a commendable 5th-6th place at this year’s International championship and walked away with close to 1.2 million dollars.
Virtus.Pro were one of the few teams to keep their rosters intact at the height of the post-TI5 reshuffle period and will be making their debut into the next season at the Gaming Paradise LAN, in Portorož, Slovenia, between September 10-12.
- Ilya “Illidan” Pivcaev
- Sergey “God” Bragin
- Alexander “DkPhobos” Kucheria
- Artem “fng” Barshak
- Ilya “Lil” Ilyuk
A true Cinderella story in the making, CDEC have gone from rags to riches in a surprisingly short period of time. Without a single championship title under their belt, they have become the first Wild Card team that has ever advanced into The International Grand Finals.
They have not lost a single match until the TI5 Grand Finals, taking down Cloud 9, LGD and even future champions Evil Geniuses along the way. They eventually lost to EG in the Grand Finals, 1:3, and walked away with $2,848,562.
- Sun “Agressif” Zheng
- Huang “Shiki” Jiwei
- Chen “Xz” Zezhi
- Liu “Garder” Xinzhou
- Fu “Q” Bin
ESL One New York
This year’s ESL One New York will feature a starting prize-pool of $250,000, almost double the final amount of last year’s event.
One more team will be directly invited to ESL One New York, and many would expect to see the reigning champions, ViCi Gaming, in attendance.
The event will take place at the Madison Square Garden in New York City, on October 3rd and 4th.