ESL is delighted to announce ESL One Thailand 2020 powered by Intel - Online; a tournament that will cross nations and unite Dota 2 teams from Asia and the Americas!
Running from August 8th to September 6th, the US$200,000 competition will feature two divisions, Asia and the Americas, and offers local Thai teams the chance to progress from The ESL Thailand Championship to compete against the best professional esports teams in Asia.
The Americas division, which runs from August 8th to August 30th, will be played as a round-robin group stage, with all matches adopting the ‘best of three’ format. Eight teams from North and South America will be invited. The top four teams will proceed to double-elimination playoffs, with the finals then adopting a ‘best of five’ game format. Teams will compete for the US$65,000 prize.
The Asia division, which runs from August 20th to September 6th, will feature two groups of six teams, competing in a round-robin format with ‘best of three’ matches. The top four teams from each group will proceed to a double-elimination playoff (1st and 2nd of each group go to the upper bracket, 3rd and 4th to the lower bracket), with the grand finals then switching to a ‘best of five’ game format. Two of the twelve teams will enter via the dedicated ESL Thailand Championship, a first-of-its-kind initiative in partnership with the Ministry of Tourism & Sports (MoTS) and Sports Authority of Thailand (SAT).
“We are very excited to bring some of the world’s best Dota 2 players together for this online competition, which will pave the way for live events in Thailand in the future”, says Ulrich Schulze, SVP Product at ESL. “By hosting the event online we are able to cross borders to unite players and fans even in those challenging times, and we are proud to have collaborated with the Ministry of Tourism & Sports and the Sports Authority of Thailand to provide local Thai players the chance to compete against some of Asia’s best pro Dota 2 teams.”