While DreamLeague Season 8 was a Major Valve tournament its sequel, Season 9, will take a backseat role as a Minor – but even so, the two currently invited teams have a rivalry that begun a long time prior.
— DreamHack Dota (@DreamHackDota) February 5, 2018
Team Liquid accepted their direct invite to DreamLeague Season 9 a couple of days ago, joining Team Secret, who found themselves invited on the day the tournament was announced. The 2 teams have shared a great rivalry over the years – even though Kuro ‘KuroKy’ Salehi Takhasomi and Clement ‘Puppey’ Ivanov were once teammates at Na’Vi. Their rivalry continued through the last iteration of DreamLeague, as they went head-to-head in both the winner’s final and the grand finals. Team Secret claimed victory on both occasions – when the dust had settled in the grand final, after nearly 3 hours in-game in total, Team Secret had wiped the map with Team Liquid. With their victory in early December, Secret quickly raced away at the top of the Dota 2 Pro Circuit Point Rankings – leaving Liquid, Newbee, Virtus.pro and a host of other teams in their wake.
But all that could change now as Team Liquid have found themselves in a string of tournaments and could definitely have the upper hand. Team Secret have played very little this year in the way of the pro-circuit, even with their victory at Captain’s Draft 4.0. Team Liquid, on the other hand, have seen magnificent results in both StarLadder i-League Invitational Season 4 and ESL One Genting – and seem to be on quite a roll at the moment.
— DreamHack Dota (@DreamHackDota) February 6, 2018
The Regional Closed Qualifiers for DreamLeague Season 9 begins on February 8 in the CIS region – while the main event takes place from March 21 through to 25th. On top of the prize pool, there are also 300 Dota 2 Pro Circuit Points up for grabs and all teams will be vying for them as the season continues on the path to TI8.
PRIZE POOL BREAKDOWN
1st – $125,000 + 150 DPC
2nd – $70,000 + 90 DPC
3rd/4th – $30,000 + 30 DPC
5/6th – $15,000
7/8th – $7,500