The start of a new year often brings about the winds of change and this also applies to esports in 2017. Last year was witness to the constantly evolving nature of the scene with changes to rosters, leagues and metas. This year promises to be the grandest yet with large scale events drawing in audiences and increasing prize pools.
ESL One Genting is the first major tournament of the year, taking place 6-8th January 2017 at the Arena of Stars in the Genting Highlands Resort, Malaysia and boasts a $250,000 prize pool. Redeye will be hosting the desk, whilst Eri ‘Eri’ Neeman will take to the stage after a spectacular performance hosting ESL One Manilla. The broadcasting team includes seasoned veterans from previous Major events. Jake ‘SirActionSlacks’ Kanner with also be on hand for the official interviews and special segments which guarantee to keep the audience entertained.
Commentator – Kevin ‘Purge‘ Godec
ESL One Genting marks not only the first tournament of the year but also the first to be held after Patch 7.0 which introduced substantial changes to the essential foundations of Dota 2. The introduction of Hero Talents not only changes late game tactics but also creates another area of knowledge for players and spectators to brush up on. The addition of eight potential talents for each of Dota’s 112 heroes is no small feat and Genting will be the first glimpse at what this will look like at a competitive level.
The tournament consists of eight teams who will compete in a group stage before making it to the single elimination bracket. Out of the eight, Fnatic, Digital Chaos, Wings Gaming and Team Np were direct invites. Newbee, Virtus.Pro, WarriorsGaming.Unity and Execration qualified in their respective regions.
It may only be the first week of the new year but there are already issues emerging regarding Fnatic and Execration’s roster. Whilst other teams have had time to practice, these two teams have lacked confirmed rosters and will have to improvise their playstyle at the first major tournaments in the Dota calendar. This certainly makes both teams wildcards and with a lacklustre year of performances behind, this could either make or break them. Regarding the other six teams, any one of them has the potential to win the top prize depending on their adaptability to the new meta after patch 7.0. Wings Gaming reigned supreme at The International 2016, Virtus.Pro won first place in The Summit 6 and many of the other teams placed as first runner up at major tournaments.
ESL Genting will be the first glimpse of how competitive Dota will move forward after the major changes and highlight which teams have adapted. With no shortage of talented commentators, analysts and some of the best players in the world, ESL One Genting looks like an action packed few days.
To watch the action live or catch up with the Vods, go to the ESL Twitch channel.