In the last 24 hours, EPICENTER won crowded the most successful event in Russia. While it was announced that the reigning world champions, OG will face off against OpenAI in April. Lastly, closed qualifiers of Paris Major are set to take place in China.
EPICENTER The Most Prestigious Event
The jury of the international award Eventex Awards 2019 called the major EPICENTER XL the best event in Russia. Eventex website published the list of winners. In the final vote, EPICENTER overshadowed the presentation of the new season of TV-3 channel “No Formats – No Borders” and “Olympic Maslenitsa” in Suzdal.
— EPICENTER (@epicentergg) March 18, 2019
The Eventex Awards is an annual international award for event organizers, founded in 2009. In 2019, when selecting the finalists, the jury reviewed 331 applications from more than 40 countries of the world. Major EPICENTER XL took place from April 27 to May 6, 2018, in Moscow. 12 teams competed for a million dollars and 1,500 points of Dota Pro Circuit. The champion was PSG.LGD, which in the final beat Team Liquid with a score of 3-1.
The Eventex Awards 2019 was the third for the organizers of EPICENTER – Epic Esports Events. In 2016, the EPICENTER: Moscow Dota 2 tournament was the best event for the EUBEA version in the Live Entertainment category, as well as the best sporting event for the national award “Event of the Year”.
OG vs OpenAI
On April 13, OG will play against the OpenAI bots in the Dota 2 show match. The AI developers have reported this on a blog. The company did not list the conditions of the fight but said that the “rules will be similar” to those that operated during The International 2018.
On April 13th, we'll host OpenAI Five Finals, a live event with surprises in store. One highlight will be playing against @OGesports, the Dota 2 world champions. Attend in person or watch on Twitch: https://t.co/4ZoZuktUln pic.twitter.com/mm6xsfkdR2
— OpenAI (@OpenAI) March 26, 2019
On August 5, 2018, bots of the OpenAI beat the caster team in front of TI, and in the main tournament of the year, they lost to paiN Gaming and the national team of Chinese stars. There were a number of restrictions in the meetings – the teams played the same heroes from a limited pool and could not use illusions.
In January 2019, OpenAI developers offered professional teams to test the new version of bots. Whether someone responded to their request is unknown.
All set for MDL Disneyland Chinese Qualifiers
The organizers of MDL Disneyland® Paris Major for Dota 2 held a draw for the group stage of the closed qualification for China. Group A included Vici Gaming, EHOME, Newbee and Team Sincere. Group B will host PSG.LGD, Keen Gaming, Royal Never Give Up and Royal Club.
Closed regional qualifications will take place from March 28 to April 1. The organizers have yet to announce the allocation of slots. According to the rules of Valve, each region should get at least two places in the main event of the championship.
Four of those teams are currently in the top 12, but only Vici Gaming have secured their spot for The International. One of the most competitive regions, and yet, only three teams will qualify for MDL Disneyland® Paris Major. Which ones will represent China in Paris? #MDLDisney pic.twitter.com/ci62diycuI
— Mars Media (@MarsMedia) March 27, 2019
MDL Paris Major – the penultimate major of the season. It will take place from May 4-12 in France. The top 15 teams from regional qualifications and the winner of AMD SAPPHIRE Dota PIT Minor will compete for one million dollars and 15 thousand points of Dota Pro Circuit.