Announcing qualifiers for ESL One Hamburg!
Teams from six different regions will compete for a slot in the first Dota 2 major of the upcoming season. Here’s how it’s going to happen.

ESL One Hamburg, taking place on October 28-29 at Barclaycard Arena, will be the first official Dota 2 Major of the new competitive season. Eight teams from around the world will battle it out for a US$1,000,000 prize pool and valuable points towards The International 8. Two of the teams will receive direct invitations while the other six will have to compete for a slot in one of the qualifiers for the following regions: Europe, North America, China, Southeast Asia, South America and CIS.

Sign up for one of the open qualifiers here



Open Qualifiers: September 16-17

  • Up to 512 teams
  • Single elimination, best of one (except for the last round, which is best of three)
  • 4 teams qualify for the closed qualifier

Closed Qualifiers: September 21-24

  • 12 teams in total
  • Single elimination, best of three (except for the grand final, which is best of five)
  • 8 teams directly invited (teams will be contacted about closed qualifier invites within a few days)
  • 4 teams qualify through open qualifiers
  • The top 4 teams have a free win in round 1


All times are in the following time zones for the respective regions: NA: EDT, SA: BRT, EU: CEST, CIS: MSK, SEA: SGT

September 16

  • 14:00 (Ro512)
  • 15:30 (Ro256)
  • 17:00 (Ro128)
  • 18:30 (Ro64)

September 17

  • 14:00 (Ro32)
  • 15:30 (Ro16)
  • 17:00 (Ro8)
  • 20:00 (Ro8)

September 21

  • 17:00 (Ro12)
  • 20:00 (Ro12)

September 22

  • 17:00 (Ro8)
  • 20:00 (Ro8)

September 23

  • 17:00 (Ro4)
  • 20:00 (Ro4)

September 24


Open Qualifier: September 15-16

  • Day 1: single elimination best of one before Ro32
  • Day 2: single elimination best of three till the end (from Ro32 to the top 4 left)

Closed Qualifier: September 18-20

  • Day 1: lower 4 seed teams play against the top 4 from the open qualifier (4 best of three's)
  • Day 2: top 8 to top 4 (4 best of three's)
  • Day 3: semifinals (best of three) and grand final (best of five)

Good luck and see you in Hamburg!

We wish all of the participating teams the best of luck and cannot wait to see who will be competing in Hamburg!

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