The eight teams that will attend ESL One Hamburg, the first-ever Valve Pro Circuit Major, have been determined. These teams, whether invited directly or having won their regions’ qualifiers, will fight for a slice of $1 million; the top four will also receive a piece of 1500 Qualifying Points for The International 8 invites.
European champions Team Liquid and China’s Newbee, each of the Grand Finalists from The International 7, have been directly invited to attend the event.
The underdog of the qualifier stage was Keen Gaming, a team that fought from the Open Qualifiers all the way through a selection of legendary rosters including LGD-Gaming, Invictus Gaming and iG.Vitality. Formerly EHOME.Keen, the team separated from the massive Chinese org this September, after EHOME suffered a series of controversies related to the Association for Chinese Esports earlier this year.
Most players in this crew are relatively new to professional Dota 2, though Jiang "佞臣" An and Chen "rong" Jingwu have been playing with mixed success since 2014. It seems this will be the first international LAN for any of these players.
Also making their first Valve LAN appearances are the newly-revamped Brazilian squad of SG e-Sports and fully-Filipino Happy Feet, representing South America and Southeast Asia respectively.
Meanwhile, Team Secret, freshly revamped during the roster shuffle, worked through the qualifiers to earn the European qualifier spot. This will be their second of three LAN finals already this season, after qualifying for PGL Open and earning a direct invite to the Perfect World Masters.
Finally, Evil Geniuses will represent North America after winning their regional qualifiers, making this their first LAN event of the competitive season.
The LAN finals for this event take place in Hamburg, Germany, from October 26-29.