OG, Alliance and Fnatic Score Top Three at ESL One Malaysia: Who’s Next?


It’s a blast from the past from yours truly, ESL One. ESL One Malaysia 2022 welcomes Dota 2 teams from around the world to compete $400,000 at Genting Highlands. Dubbed the entertainment capital of Malaysia, it is known for its cool climate, outdoor and indoor theme parks and, of course, a casino for all the happy gamblers.

What’s even more exciting is that ESL One Malaysia 2022 is strategically scheduled a few weeks before International 11 (TI11) in Singapore. So, the team selection will certainly look promising on paper.

OG, Fnatic and Alliance headline ESL One Malaysia invite list

Twelve teams travel to Malaysia in August to battle for the ESL One trophy and $400,000 in prize money. Of the lot, seven receive direct invites, with ESL slowly unveiling invites each week. The first three invitees show that ESL isn’t just targeting recent performances on the Dota Pro Circuit in their selection.

  1. OG was the first invitation announced for the event on the 29th. The winners of the Stockholm Major are a sign that ESL wants the crème de la crème to be represented at ESL One, and there is sure to be a team and a brand that will make that statement. .
  2. fnatic were the first SEA team to receive an invite and be considered a host team. BOOM Esports would be our go-to if we’re talking team performance, but the Fnatic name carries a ton of weight on its own and continues to show that ESL is interested in making a fashionable event.
  3. Alliance while the third invitation is a surprise. The team is having a very poor 22 season, facing relegation to Division 2 twice and perpetual rebuilding for the entire season. Just a day ago, they even released their symetricaL support, which means they’ll potentially be presenting Genting with a new roster. A strange invitation overall, but one we have to live with.

ESL One Malaysia invites

A potential team invites itself to ESL One Malaysia 2022

TI11 qualified teams will likely make up a good portion of invites, which is great because they’re really strong teams. If so, ESL One Malaysia 2022 could very well be a training ground for teams playing in TI11. Although DPC has yet to conclude, we have several notable predictions based on the recent DPC points leaderboard.

PSG.LGD, TeamSoloMid, Gaimin Gladiatorsand thunder awakening are the top five in the standings, with over 1000 DPC points. After the 2022 Arlington Major, we’d likely expect them to be among the top twelve teams to qualify as direct invites.

Southeast Asian teams from neighboring countries

It would be a shame if ESL One Malaysia 2022 did not host the best from its neighboring countries. In DPC Southeast Asia Tour 2, fans were fascinated by the influx of promising teams, such as BOOM Esports, T1, Polaris Esportsand Nigma Galaxy SEA.

Even Team SMG, a team based in Malaysia, seems like a formidable candidate for ESL One Malaysia 2022.

Potential visa issues for Tundra Esports

Unfortunately, one team that is unlikely to participate in ESL One Malaysia 2022 is Tundra Esports. Israeli Dota 2 player, Neta”33“Shapira, cannot enter Malaysia due to the lack of diplomatic relations between the two countries. This has happened in the past, so we can expect the same if Tundra Esports plans to play ESL One Malaysia.

Fans have often wondered if another Israeli player currently playing in Evil Geniuses, Tal”Fly“Aizik would undergo similar treatment. Rest assured, Fly can attend with his Canadian passport which allows him to enter.

ESL One Malaysia just before TI11 was the right choice

This year’s Dota 2 Championship Series, TI11, is taking place in Singapore for good reason. It is a major business hub with little to no tourism restrictions. Additionally, Singapore is one of the first countries to open its airport to visitors, so tourism in Singapore is as booming as it was in 2019.

Few teams, especially powerhouses, would turn down an invitation from ESL One to play in their tournaments. After all, ESL One is a major player when it comes to hosting LAN tournaments around the world. Even so, a tight schedule for most teams, especially those participating in the DPC (2021-22), can often lead to a no-show. For example, ESL One Mumbai 2019 saw five invited teams pull out days before the event.

ESL One learned the lesson and ensured that this fiasco would not happen again. Organizing your event in a neighboring country is therefore strategic. Teams can immediately depart for Singapore after the event by vehicle or short affordable flight. Alternatively, staying in Malaysia’s variety of accommodations to enjoy affordable delights and cost of living is also viable.

A Dota 2 Fan’s Journey to Southeast Asia

Now ESL One Malaysia will have all the great benefits of most ESL One tournaments, hype, production value and a huge prize pool. Either way, it is the well-planned event just before TI11, which makes ESL One Malaysia 2022 a must visit.

ESL One Malaysia starts from August 23-28, which leaves us with a seven-week hiatus from the Dota 2 action. TI11 is scheduled for October 15-30, so until then, feel free to research Malaysia’s best tourist attractions to enjoy the holidays. Well, it would have a different impact for teams participating in TI11, as they have bootcamp weeks.


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