MDL Macau 2019 has just confirmed their 4th of 5 direct invites to their upcoming event, as Team Liquid has been added into the mix. The non-Dota 2 Pro Circuit event has already attracted a lot of attention over the recent weeks and with a stunning lineup already, the last invite is sure to be just as enticing to all.
— Mars Media (@MarsMedia) January 9, 2019
Just a few moments ago Mars Media, the organizer of the event, announced via their Twitter account that Team Liquid would be confirmed as the 4th team to be directly invited to MDL Macau. The event itself was revealed just prior to Christmas 2018 with Virtus.pro and PSG.LGD claiming the first two invites, followed by Vici Gaming. One of the more interesting aspects of MDL Macau, which runs from February 20th – 24th 2019, is that it overlaps its dates with ESL One Katowice 2019. ESL’s event runs over 1 extra day and features 4 more teams than MDL’s event – but with both featuring an identical prize pool, there’s not much to tell the two apart. However, this means that any team participating in one event will be removing themselves from the the other – such as EHOME; who had initially won the China Qualifier but decided to rather play a bit closer to home after claiming the second place at the Dota Pro League Season 6 and acquiring a spot in Macau.
The list of teams currently heading to Macau is;
- Vici Gaming
- Team Liquid
- TBD (Direct Invite)
- EHOME (DPL Winner/runner up)
- Royal Never Give Up (China Qualifier)
- Invictus Gaming (China Qualifier)
MDL Macau features a $300,000 prize pool and while Team Liquid themselves have not featured at the tournament in its previous iterations, Kuro ‘Kuroky’ Salehi Takhasomi and Amer ‘Miracle’ Al-Barkawi have both participated before under different team banners.
While neither ESL One Katowice nor MDL Macua is on the Dota 2 Pro Circuit, both events are assured to attract a huge amount of attention, with massive teams featuring in both. The final direct invite for the event will be announced next week, so stay tuned to find out who will complete this roster of amazing Dota 2 teams.
headline image: Mars Media
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