ESL to host Dota 2 Major in Malaysia this August

Non-Dota Pro Circuit events are slowly returning.

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ESL is bringing back its non-Dota Pro Circuit tournaments, hosting ESL One Malaysia 2022 this August once the regular season for the DPC ends. 

Hosted at the Arena of Stars at Resorts World Genting from Aug. 23 to 28, players will be competing for their share of $400,000 in one of the first Major Dota LAN tournaments in years. 

This event marks ESL’s return to Malaysia for the first time since ESL One Genting 2018. It’s also the first non-DPC Major hosted by the tournament organizer since August 2021—as well as the first LAN event in that category since ESL One Hamburg 2019. ESL just recently hosted the Stockholm Major, which was part of the 2022 DPC season and was the TO’s first LAN event in over two years. 

For ESL One Malaysia 2022, 12 teams will be attending in total, with seven being directly invited and the remaining five spots being given to one team out of China, Southeast Asia, North America, South America, and the combined European region through a set of qualifiers running before the event begins. 

The event will use ESL’s standard bracket layout, starting with a round-robin group stage where the top eight teams will move on to the playoffs on Aug. 26. From there, things will run as the usual double-elimination, best-of-three contest, changing to a best-of-five for the grand finals. 

More details about the event will be revealed later this summer as the DPC season winds down and teams know whether they will freely be able to attend or will need to spend time preparing for The International 11 qualifiers.