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ESL One: Coronavirus affects Dota Major

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February 18, 2020 7:04 pm

ESL One: Coronavirus affects Dota Major

The participants of the Los Angeles Major have been determined, but because of the coronavirus, entry bans continue to apply. So there may be some changes.

15 teams have qualified for the ESL One Los Angeles 2020 Major. Another team will be determined by winning the StarLadder-Minor in early March. Whether all 16 teams will participate in the Major depends on the travel ban of the USA.

How the L.A. qualifiers went

In the qualifiers, established big names such as OG, Team Secret, or Evil Geniuses, as well as some newcomer teams, have played themselves into the limelight. In Europe, the newly formed team of the organisation Ninjas in Pyjamas was particularly surprising. Under the leadership of “The International” winner Peter “ppd” Dager, the international team delivered solid performances, which were rewarded with a third place.

However, the high-performance density in the European qualifier also demanded sacrifices: Team Nigma, Alliance & Team Liquid showed unknown weaknesses and did not make it into the top 3. Only Alliance can continue to dream of the L.A. Major by participating in the StarLadder-Minor.

The SEA qualifiers brought us another surprise. There, the DPC first-placed TNC Predator weakened, thus paving the way for the inexperienced but very talented Team Adroit to Los Angeles.

These teams will (probably) play for the L.A. Major:

  • Team Secret-
  • OG-
  • Ninjas in pyjamas-
  • Invictus Gaming-
  • Royal Never Give Up-
  • EHOME-
  • Fnatic-
  • Geek Fam-
  • Team Adroit-
  • Natus Vincere-
  • Virtus.pro-
  • Evil Geniuses-
  • Chaos Esports Club-
  • Thunder Predator-
  • Beastcoast-
  • TBD (StarLadder Minor Winner)

Will the ban on entering the USA continue?

The coronavirus continues to cause worldwide uncertainty and does not stop eSports. As a reaction, the USA imposed an entry ban on February 2nd on persons who were in China. So far, neither the ESL nor Valve has made any statement on the extent to which the ban will affect the Chinese teams.

In the best-case scenario, the entry ban will be lifted until the start of the Major Tournament on 15th March. However, if the ban continues, all three Chinese qualifiers would likely have to be replaced.

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