Both the teams secured the only spots available through qualifiers for their regions.
The 2018-2019 season of Dota 2 has begun with qualifiers for the events already taking place. ESL One will not be a part of the Dota 2 pro circuit, but it will still feature a prize pool of $300,000. The regional qualifiers for SEA and China concluded a few hours ago, and TNC.Predator and Team Aster have made it to ESL One Hamburg.
TNC totally destroyed their opponents. They did not drop even a single game in the regional qualifiers. They had to fight once against Tigers and twice against EVOS, not losing a single match against them.
We are going to ESL One Hamburg! GGs to Evos Esports for giving us a great series!
— TNC Predator (@TNCPredator) September 30, 2018
Going further north on the globe, Team Aster had a smooth sailing too. They went up against Keen gaming first and won 2-0. Next they went up against Newbee, ending with the same result. They had to face Newbee for the second time in the finals and won 3-1.
Both the teams have also qualified for the Kuala Lumpur Major. Team Aster is proving themselves against each one of the most fearful teams out of China right now and TNC.Predator also seem to be really strong with Ninjaboogie and Gabbi coming to their roster.
The ESL One Hamburg main event will take place on October 23rd – October 28th
Out of the 12 participating teams, eight have been invited:
Virtus.pro, Evil Geniuses, Team Secret, Mineski, Ninjas in Pyjamas, Forward Gaming, paiN Gaming and Vici Gaming.
Two slots from the NA qualifiers and the Europe qualifiers remain.
Will be played from October 23-25
The teams will be split into two groups of 6 each
Bo2 round-robin group stage
Bottom two teams are eliminated
First round of the Upper Bracket will not be played on October 25th
The rest of the playoffs will be held at the Barclaycard Arena from October 26-28
Top two teams from the group stage will start in the Upper Bracket
3rd and 4th placed teams start in the Lower Bracket
Except grand finals, All games are played in Bo3 Series
Grand finals is played in a Bo5 Series