Since the pandemic, Dota 2 events with teams from multiple regions have been far and few between and with the cancellation of 2022's first Major, fans and players have been feeling the void. Fortunately, we have third party organisers willing to pick up the slack. Galaxy Racer officially announced today - Gamers Galaxy: Dota 2 Invitational Series Dubai 2022, a tournament featuring some of the biggest teams in the professional scene. Notably missing are teams from China and South America (and EG and T1), but we've got a good mix of most regions.
Here are the invited teams:
The tournament will take place behind closed doors in Dubai Studio City, UAE (with no in-person attendees) from 2-6 March 2022, and features a whopping AED 1,000,000 prize pool (RM1,140,249). Not bad for 5 days of play!
The teams will be split into two groups of five for a best-of-one round-robin group stage. The top two teams proceed to the upper bracket playoffs semifinals, while the third and fourth teams will go to a best-of-three play-in stage with the winners moving onto the playoffs (6 teams in total). The playoffs will be a double-elimination best-of-three format, with the grand final being a best-of-five.
The tournament is also said to be held on the latest version of the game (speculated to be 7.31 when it arrives - after the regional Major finals) - we can't wait to see all the teams trying to work out the latest meta!