Esports tournament organiser ESL Gaming, part of the ESL FACEIT Group, has announced the 16 teams that will participate in the upcoming season of Dota 2’s revamped DreamLeague.
Participants include the likes of Beastcoast, Evil Geniuses, Talon Esports, OG, PSG.LGD and current The International champions Tundra Esports, among others.
ESL Gaming announced the return of DreamLeague as a part of its restructured ESL Pro Tour in Dota 2, which will commence throughout 2023. DreamLeague will have two seasons this year, with both tournaments featuring a $1m (~£820,000) prize pool. This marks the return of the DreamLeague following a brief hiatus.
DreamLeague will see all 16 announced teams fly to Europe and compete online from bootcamps for two weeks. Alongside the substantial prize pool, DreamLeague will also award its best teams with slots on the Riyadh Masters, the final event of the ESL Pro Tour.
The following teams will participate in the DreamLeague: Beastcoast, Entity, Evil Geniuses, Excration, HellRaisers, Gaimin Gladiators, Nouns, OG, PSG.LGD, Shopify Rebellion, Talon Esports, Team Aster, Team Liquid, Team Spirit, TSM and Tundra Esports. The first matches will be played in early April 2023.
The ESL Pro Tour was announced last week by ESL Gaming as a completely revamped tournament series, making it the second-largest Dota 2 circuit in the world – behind Valve’s Dota Pro Circuit.
The tournament is laid out in a way that avoids conflicts with the Dota Pro Circuit, meaning that teams now have more options to compete. The Pro Tour will culminate in a high-profile LAN event in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, later in the year.