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The ONE Esports Dota 2 World Pro Invitational: Groups, Schedule and How to watch the $500,000 tournament

The ONE Esports Dota 2 World Pro Invitational

Although it is not included in this years’ DPC, the ONE Esports Dota 2 World Pro Invitational is one still one of the biggest tournaments of the year. Twleve of the worlds best Dota 2 teams, including Team Secret and TNC Predator, will head to Singapore to compete for $500,000. The perfect ending way to cap 2019, arguably one of the best years we’ve ever seen in Dota 2 esports.

The action kicks off from the 17th of December until the Final on the 22nd.

So let’s take a look at everything you need to know about the last big tournament of the year.

Teams & Groups

Twelve of the best teams in the world will compete to take home the lion’s share of the mind-blowing $500,000 prize pool. Unlike other tournaments, every single team here was invited. It seems like the organizers (ONE Esports) just wanted to make sure that they will have an outstanding event.

The twelve teams are divided into two groups consisting of six teams each. Let’s take a look at each of them and the potential winners here.

Group A

The first group of the ONE Esports Dota 2 World Pro Invitational is stacked. Literally every single team has the potential to go through, which makes the outcome impossible to predict. Nevertheless, there are two names that stand out from the rest – Team Secret and TNC Predator.

Clement “Puppey” Ivanov and his team-mates won the last DPC. However, the TI curse got to them yet again, and despite achieving their highest placement yet, they failed to impress. Now, after missing the first DPC tournaments, they secured their spot for the Leipzig Major and are now back in action. In fact, this tournament will be their first big challenge after TI 9.

Unlike their enemies, TNC Predator started very strong after winning the MDL Chengdu Major. Nevertheless, it seems like the Outlanders Update is not really their cup of tea, struggling to qualify for the next Major. Hopefully, with a bit more time to get used to the changes, we might be looking at the TNC Predator of old.

Group B

Despite not being that flashy in terms of the teams, Group B still has enough about it to make it worth tuning in for. PSG.LGD is probably the most interesting team here. This will be a return for the TI 8 runner-ups after they failed to qualify for the second DPC tournaments.

The other two interesting names here are Evil Geniuses and Vici Gaming. Although the NA powerhouse didn’t have many troubles in qualifying, they are yet to face the big names in Dota 2. It will be very interesting to see if they will be able to cope with them because after all, EG has one of the strongest rosters right now.

On the other hand, we have Vici Gaming, probably the most stable Chinese Dota 2 team. For the last two years, they have always been among the best teams in the world. Led by Zhang “Eurus” Chengjun, Vici barely missed out on winning the first Major of the DPC.

How to watch the ONE Esports Dota 2 World Pro Invitational

The ONE Esports Dota 2 World Pro Invitational kicks off on the 17th of December. We will have five days full of epic action which is going to be the perfect holiday gift for every Dota 2 player out there. You can watch all the action live on Twitch from the ONE Esports channel.

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Feature image courtesy of PGL.