This coming March World Electronic Sports Games (WESG) will crown their third edition Champions and for the first time in the tournament’s existence, four teams/players will receive direct invites to the Grand Final.
WESG is a unique annual event which embraces the Olympic format and therefore allows only National rosters to play for a shot at the rather generous total prize pool of $5,500,000. National qualifiers for Dota 2, CS:GO (male and female divisions) as well as StarCraft II and Hearthstone were disputed across 2017, and in a bit more than one month from now, the organizers are ready to welcome all the participants to the Grand Final. As in every year, the finals will be held in China and this time around in a location still fresh in the Dota 2 fans memory. The host city for the recently concluded Dota 2 Major, Chongqing will be the home for WESG 2018-2019 Grand Final.
Several Dota 2 players who fought just the past week in the Chongqing Major, will return to the city in March. EHOME, top 6 at the Chongqing Major, will be at WESG Grand Final as the winners of Chinese qualifiers. Team Brazil feature three of the Chaos Esports Club players, Team Russia has four Virtus.pro players, while the No[o]ne will also be present, but playing under the Ukrainian flag. The Dota 2 competition will feature a total of 24 squads fighting for the $890,000 prize pool. 20 of them earned their spot via regional qualifiers while four will be granted direct invites.
We are happy to name the first invites to the WESG 2018-2019 Grand Final! Wellcome @FNATIC and @mibr , @AsterCN and @vici_gaming , @HS_Orange and LionKing , Maru and @TooDming pic.twitter.com/HWoyT7tPgT
— WESG (@WESGcom) January 31, 2019
Vici Gaming and Team Aster are the first two teams announced to join the Dota 2 battle.
For CS:GO, WESG invited so far the defending champions Fnatic and the revamped MiBR Brazilian roster for whom WESG will be their second event after João “felps” Vasconcellos joined the team earlier this month.
The StarCraft reigning champion is also making his return to WESG this year as Cho “Maru” Seong Ju accepted the organizers invite along with Huang “TooDming” Huiming who will represent China. For Hearthstone, the first pair of invites went to Jon “Orange” Westberg and to GoeLionKing.
WESG Grand Final will unfold March 7-10 in all game disciplines, but before then, a few more direct invites are expected to be announced, so stay tuned!