With the Malaysian Qualifiers finally over, the groupings for the ESL One Genting 2017 are finally complete. Who will emerge as the victors of the first ESL One event in Ver. 7.00?

The first ESL One event of 2017 will be held in Malaysia, from the 6th to the 7th of January. Aside from Fnatic, Digital Chaos, and Wings Gaming, who had received direct invites into the tournament, we will also be seeing Team NP, Newbee, Virtus.Pro, Warriors Gaming.Unity and Execration competing in the prestigious tournament.

In Group A, we will be seeing VP, Fnatic, Newbee and NP dish it out, while the rest of the teams will go head-to-head in Group B. Both groups have tight competitions, although it still is a mystery how Fnatic will fit in to this lineup with their current roster in disarray. With the Valve-event powerhouses Evil Geniuses, Team Secret, and OG nowhere in sight in this tournament, it leaves a lot of room for other teams to showcase their talents in the first premier event of the year. Personally, I’d still go for either DC or VP on this one, but I really wouldn’t be surprised if our own boys from XctN would take it all. We’ll just have to see how things will unfold come January.

A total of $250,000 will be distributed to the participants, with $100,000 going straight to the champs. Second placers will receive $50,000, while the third and fourth placers will get $25,000. The rest of the prize pool will be distributed evenly to the rest of the participants.

As for the talents, Paul “ReDeYe” Chaloner will return as the main host of the ESL One tournament on the announcer’s table, while Eri Neeman will continue being the floorside host of the event just like in previous ESL One events. Commentators include Tobi “Tobiwan” Dawson, Austin “Capitalist” Walsh, Owen “ODPixel” Davies and Kevin “Purge” Godec. On the analyst table, we will be expecting to hear from Jacob “Maelk” Toft-Anderson, Ben “Merlini” Wu and David “GoDz” Parker. And of course, we will be having Jake “SirActionSlacks” Kanner going around bugging the teams and other personalities on and off the stage.

The first ESL One vent in version 7.00 will be coming in no less than three weeks. There’s no question that a lot of things will be changing from here until then, from rosters to game changes and meta adjustments. It would be interesting to see how all these teams will adapt to everything that’s new, taking what works in the old and fusing novel strategies and tactics with the new map and meta. And of course, we wish our own boys at Execration the best of luck. May they be able to grow and improve within the last few weeks of this year, and may they usher in a good year of Filipino Dota for 2017.

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