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Announcing the ESL Southeast Asia Championship

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ESL Asia introduces the ESL SEA Championship for Dota 2, a brand new regional tournament in Southeast Asia with tie-ins to ESL One Birmingham 2020

ESL is proud to announce the first ever season of ESL SEA Championship for Dota 2! A regional tournament featuring 8 of the top teams in Southeast Asia, the competition has a total prize pool of US $20,000. The winner of the Championship will also earn a direct spot to the SEA closed qualifiers of ESL One Birmingham 2020.

The tournament will consist of 4 invited teams which will be announced at a later date. The remaining 4 teams will have to earn their spot through the open qualifiers happening between 29th February and 4th March.
Open Qualifier #1: 29th Feb - 1st Mar
Open Qualifier #2: 3rd - 4th Mar

The 8 teams in the ESL SEA Championship will be split into 2 GSL Groups, with 4 teams in each group. Group A matches will be played on the 9th & 10th March and Group B matches on the 25th & 26th March. The top 2 teams of each group will advance to a single-elimination playoffs happening on the 4th & 5th April. All matches are best-of-3s with the exception of the Grand Final which will be a best-of-5.

You can sign up for the tournament here.


“The zero-to-hero notion has always been a very important aspect for us and we are excited to have a direct connection between our regional and global product,” said Nick Vanzetti, Senior Vice President of ESL Asia-Pacific Japan. “This is a great start for 2020 and we will continue to make the path to pro as direct as possible.”


“There is a lack of opportunities for up and coming teams and we wanted to develop a product to tackle this issue,” said Michael Kiefer, Head of Products at ESL Asia. “With the ESL SEA Championship granting a direct path to the closed qualifiers of ESL One Birmingham 2020, it provides additional opportunities and financial support for teams as well as a more interesting storyline for fans to follow.”


All matches will be broadcast in English on ESL Asia’s Twitch, YouTube and Facebook. For the latest updates, check out the official website and follow ESL Asia on Twitter and Instagram.