The organizers of ESL One Genting 2018 gave two direct invites to the event. Virtus.Pro and Team Liquid don’t need to play in qualifying stage. In total, 16 teams will participate in the event, 9 of them will receive direct invites, and other will participate in regional qualifiers.
The open qualifiers will take place on December 9 – 10 in CIS, Europe, North America, South America, and SEA, and 4 best teams will go to the closed stage, where they will meet 8 invited teams.
The closed qualifiers are scheduled for December 19 – 22, and the invited teams will be revealed in the soonest time. It should be mentioned that there is no information about qualifiers in China.
The tournament itself will be held on January 26 – 28 in Malaysia. 16 teams from different parts of the world will compete for $400,000 prize pool and 400 DPC points.