ONE Esports is looking to make a big splash with its upcoming Dota 2 tournament and has put together a strong crew of casters to match its star-studded lineup of teams.
The organizer announced on Twitter that it will be bringing in most of Dota 2’s most prominent casters and analysts for the event.
Jorien “Sheever” van der Heijden will be the main desk host, with Dominik “Black^” Reitmeier, Trent “TrentPax” MacKenzie, and Austin “Capitalist” Walsh serving as analysts. Working as casters are Toby “TobiWan” Dawson, Brian “BSJ” Canavan, Owen “ODPixel” Davies, and Ioannis “Fogged” Loucas. Finally, Lawrence “Malystryx” Phillips and Kyle Freedman will serve as “content creators.”
The strong lineup of talent speaks to the amount of effort ONE is investing in the event and its willingness to flex its muscles within the space.
ONE Esports is looking to make a major splash with its inaugural Dota 2 event and it is pulling out all the stops to make an impression. The lineup of top broadcast talent is meant to complement a stacked lineup of Dota 2 teams that includes:
Just based on the strong list of names there would be a lot to look forward to, but there are plenty of other interesting storylines set to play out at the event.
Team Secret and PSG.LGD are set to make their official live event debuts of the new season at the ONE Esports Dota 2 World Pro Invitational Singapore. Both teams looked strong at The International 2019 but opted to sit out of the MDL Chengdu Major. The trip to Singapore will be the first official games in a live setting for the recently retooled Team Secret, and will be the first taste of how PSG.LGD recovers from a rough ending to last season.
On top of that, former members of Virtus.pro will be looking to get revenge on their former team.
After flopping at TI9, the Russian team almost completely rebooted its roster. Roman “RAMZES666” Kushnarev landed with Evil Geniuses while Pavel “9pasha” Khvastunov joined Natus Vincere. Virtus.pro debuted its new roster in the qualifiers to the MDL Chengdu Major and had a rough go of it. RAMZES666 will be looking to devastate his former team, while 9pasha will be trying to get Natus Vincere’s season on track after a tough start.
ONE Esports’ Dota 2 debut is set to start on December 17. The event’s group stage will take place behind closed doors through December 19.
The playoffs run from December 20 to 22 and will take place at the Singapore Indoor Stadium in Kallang, Singapore. The event is open to the public, which should be welcome news for any Dota 2 fans in the area.
The event is set to feature a $500,000 prize pool, with a top prize of $200,000. The event is not a part of the Dota Pro Circuit, which means there are no qualifying points up for grabs at the event and it will not count towards qualifying for The International 2020.