Evil Geniuses and Shopify Rebellion have confirmed their places in the upcoming Riyadh Masters 2023
ESL has announced that Evil Geniuses and Shopify Rebellion have successfully qualified for the Riyadh Masters 2023. These teams have earned their spots in the tournament due to their outstanding performances in the previous two DreamLeague seasons. Despite being eliminated from DreamLeague Season 20, Shopify Rebellion's impressive third-place finish in DreamLeague Season 19 helped them meet the qualification criteria. Evil Geniuses, who secured the 7th position in the last season, are currently in a favorable position to participate in the DreamLeague Season 20 playoffs.
Congratulations to both @EvilGeniuses and @ShopifyRebels; their average performance at DreamLeagues so far is enough to qualify them to the tournament next month! #ESLProTour #ThelandofHeroes pic.twitter.com/7AjET6qr5k
— ESL Dota2 (@ESLDota2) June 21, 2023
Gaimin Gladiators were the first team to bag Riyadh Masters qualification after winning DreamLeague Season 19. Tundra Esports, who finished 4th last season and narrowly missed out on Group Stage 2 qualification this time around, also made the cut. PSG.LGD did not participate in DreamLeague Season 19, but their impressive performance in the ongoing DreamLeague season has earned them a spot in the prestigious event in Riyadh.
How Do Riyadh Masters Qualification Work?
Here's my workbook for the Riyadh Masters qualification if you wanna track it in real time (feel free to point out any issues to me!)https://t.co/jVuzNIgUUY
— Ben Steenhuisen (@Noxville) June 15, 2023
The highly anticipated Riyadh Masters 2023, scheduled for July 19-30, is the ultimate showcase of the ESL Pro Tour. Presented by the Saudi Esports Federation and held in the capital city of Saudi Arabia, this tournament features an astounding prize pool of $15,000,000, making it an irresistible attraction for the Dota 2 pro scene.
Unlike last year's The International, which involved teams battling it out in DPC regional leagues, majors, and qualifiers over the course of a year, the journey to the Riyadh Masters is much more expedited. With a prize pool just four million dollars below TI 11, regional qualifiers are not mandatory for the Riyadh Masters, except for the MENA region. Teams are invited solely based on their EPT results and rankings instead.
The road to Riyadh Masters has been illuminated!
All eyes will be directed towards #DreamLeague Season 20 as teams compete for 7 direct group stage invites.
— Gamers8 Esports (@Gamers8GG) June 9, 2023
Eight teams will directly make it to the group stages. One of them will come from DreamLeague Season 19, which is Gaimin Gladiators. DreamLeague Season 20 champions and runner-ups will also make the group stages. The remaining five will be teams with the highest average DreamLeague placements in the last two seasons.
Twelve teams will feature in the play-ins. Eleven teams will be invited based on their EPT rankings. All regions are guaranteed to have at least one team each. One will qualify through the MENA (Middle East North Africa) qualifiers.