All teams qualified for ESL One Malaysia 2022 

All slots at the last Dota 2 worldwide event before The International 11 were taken! ESL One Malaysia returns... Daria Belous | 19. August 2022

All slots at the last Dota 2 worldwide event before The International 11 were taken! ESL One Malaysia returns next week with a $400,000 USD prize pool and is set to be held in the Arena of Stars at Resorts World Genting venue during August 23-28. Here’s all there’s to know.

The highlight of the upcoming ESL One Malaysia 2022 is the live audience, signaling that the industry is returning to its regular state with events in front of live audiences. Hopefully, COVID-19 won’t interfere with more events and the upcoming TI11 will also be held with spectators, since the previous one was not.

This marks the third edition of ESL One to take place in Malaysia, following two events back in 2017 and 2018.

ESL One Malaysia 2022 format

ESL One Malaysia 2022 will feature 12 Dota 2 squads, half of which were invited directly by organizers, while the second half made it to the tournament via regional qualifiers. The event’s group stage will see two groups of six squads fighting in a single-round robin bracket with best-of-two matches. 

The top two squads will advance from group stage to the upper playoff bracket, while the third and fourth teams will fight in the lower playoff bracket. The double-elimination playoffs will feature best-of-three matches and a best-of-five Grand Final. 

ESL One Malaysia 2022 qualified teams 

Group A

  • Thunder Awaken
  • Talon
  • Alliance
  • Team Secret
  • Team Aster
  • Entity

Group B

  • Fnatic
  • Team Liquid
  • Nigma Galaxy
  • Boom Esports
  • OG

Fans expect a lot from the Malaysian tournament, as the last one, which was held back in 2018, attracted 740K concurrent viewers from all 19 broadcasts. Moreover, the recent Dota 2 Major proved that lots of people are still interested in Dota 2 as an esport, so the expectations are naturally high. Another big event in Malaysia is a great sign that the region continues developing in the esports field, hosting important competitions both in PC and mobile esport titles. 

At a press conference in Kuala Lumpur, Ti Lian Ker, Deputy Youth and Sports Minister of Malaysia, expressed his hopes for the further growth of the esports sector in the region: 

“The local esports community has managed to put Malaysia’s mark on the world’s biggest esports stages. From our esports athletes’ recent success in the Commonwealth Games and SEA Games, to our Malaysian representatives competing in ESL One Malaysia 2022 and other professional tournaments both local and global, I hope to see the continuous and sustainable growth of the esports industry and will continue supporting our flag bearers.”

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