No fans allowed for Dota 2 Singapore Major, PGL Release Complete Talent Lineup
The Dota 2 Singapore Major regional leagues are over. Now the players and followers both can fully concentrate and get ready for probably the most awaited Dota 2 tournament of the year, the ONE Esports Singapore Major. Organizer PGL has released the talent lineup for the competition, and has also revealed that the tournament will be played in a controlled venue, but without a live audience.
The first major tournament of the 2021 season of the Pro Dota Circuit, the Singapore Major will run from March 27 to April 4, 2021. The famed eSports event will showcase the very best the Dota circuit has to offer, with the top 18 teams representing the DPC’s 6 different regions. It will be the first big LAN event Dota 2 will have in almost a whole year. The tournament will offer a huge prize pool of $500,000 to the teams, alongside a chance to grab no less than 2700 Pro Circuit Points.
ONE Esports has apologized to the fans for not being able to let them enjoy the matches in real time, at the venue. But they have also clarified that the danger from the Coronavirus pandemic is not away yet, and the safety measures are very much needed, and in place. The matches will eventually be played out at the Fairmont Square in Singapore. At least the teams will all be there! The progress is slow, but existent.
Silviu Stroie, the CEO of the Professional Gamers’ League (PGL), has expressed his share delight, by saying:
“Having an on-site event during this period is a major accomplishment, and we’re delighted to run this fantastic event which will set the stage for the best teams in the world. The Dota 2 community deserves a top-notch tournament, and we want to assure everyone that we’ll do our best to provide an amazing experience for the viewers. We will take all the measures needed to have a safe tournament in a healthy environment.”
As with every eSports league or tournament, there is always a stellar team of talent that hosts the main stream of the competition. In the case of the ONE Esports Singapore Major 2021, the talent seems to be abundant. The complete talent lineup is as follows:
- Admir “lizZard” Salkanovich
- Benjamin “Bkop” Kopilow
- David “GoDz” Parker
- Dominik “Black^” Reitmeier
- Dominik “Lacoste” Stipić
- Ioannis “Fogged” Loucas
- Johan “Weppas” Westberg
- Jorien “Sheever” van der Heijden
- Kasumi “sumichu” Yogi
- Neal “tsunami” Khandheria
- Owen “ODPixel” Davies
- Rikard “skrff” Holm Melin
In terms of the team lineup, 14 out of the final 18 have already been confirmed, as the regional league in China is still ongoing and will be concluded in mid-March. The participants from the other 5 regions are all locked in and raring to go.
Here are all the confirmed teams to participate in the ONE Esports Singapore Major 2021 till now:
|CIS||AS Monaco Gambit|
|North America||Evil Geniuses|
|South America||Beast Coast|
Once the last four teams are confirmed from the China region, PGL will then reveal more information on the schedule and also the final brackets. More dates and details are expected before the Wild Card round, set to be held on March 27. Further details about the complete broadcasting schedules, as well as the list of alternative peaking options will also be released later on, right before the beginning of the tournament.
Although the galleries will be spectator-less, the players and hosting talents will be on-site to get a bit of the original taste. This is a major move forward for the eSports community which is known for its glittery events and colorful lights, but has been deprived of such pleasures during the pandemic. The much-awaited Dota 2 event will be broadcast live in 4K format on ONE Esports’ YouTube channel, and in Full HD on the official Facebook and Twitch accounts of ONE Esports.