One Esports Jakarta Invitational rescheduled due to coronavirus

Neslyn Apduhan • March 17, 18:18

The coronavirus continues to rampage through Dota 2’s professional scene.

One Esports has effectively cancelled one of its tentpole Dota 2 events. This will see the One Esports Dota 2 Jakarta Invitational moved from April 17 to 19 to November 23 to 29. The event will be merged with the previously announced One Esports Dota 2 Indonesia Invitational. It will be hosted at the Indonesia Convention Exhibition in Jakarta.

12 teams will brawl for their share of the $500,000 prize pool. 10 teams will be directly invited to the event. The last two spots will be filled by the teams that qualified for the now-cancelled April event.

Reality Rift took the first spot in the event by besting Cignal Ultra in the grand finals of the Kuala Lumpur qualifiers. The team took the Jakarta Invitational spot in 2-0 fashion, which was played out in a live setting at the Sunway Pyramid in Kuala Lumpur.

The Indonesia Qualifier was supposed to be in a similar setting with a live audience. However, the event was held behind closed doors in an effort to stifle the spread of the coronavirus. The result was anticlimactic, but One Esports still has a few months to bring the hype back for the main event.

Boom Esports brought its A-game, even with an empty crowd. That said, there’s little doubt the team was disappointed to miss out on playing in front of a raucous hometown audience. The Indonesian team claimed a golden ticket to One Esports Dota 2 Jakarta Invitational, defeating Team Oracle.

The change of plans with the Jakarta Invitational does not impact the One Esports Singapore Major 2020. The event is currently meant to serve as the final major before The International 2020, and will finalize the 12 direct invitees to the event. 

However, the cancellations of the third and fourth Dota 2 majors of the 2019-2020 Dota Pro Circuit season could see those plans overhauled in a significant way.

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