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With under a week to go until the ESL One Los Angeles 2020 Major gets underway, the organizers have announced the groups for the event and the opening series schedule for the first two days of play.

ESL One Los Angeles 2020 is set to be the third Major stop on the Dota 2 Pro Circuit for this season and with 16 of the best teams in the world competing, it is bound to be an absolutely amazing tournament. Just a short time before writing, ESL announced the opening series for each group and therefore also confirmed which teams will be fighting it out in the tournament’s opening days.

Group A

  • Natus Vincere
  • Royal Never Give Up
  • Team Secret
  • Thunder Predator

Opening series

  • Team Secret versus Thunder Predator
  • Royal Never Give Up versus Natus Vincere

With the winners of the previous Major, Team Secret, taking a spot in Group A, things are going to be extremely tough for everyone else going up against them. Considered possibly one of the best teams in the Dota 2 world right now, Secret have a very good chance of making an easy run through the group stages.

Group B

  • Chaos Esports Club
  • Evil Geniuses
  • Geek Fam
  • OG

Opening series

  • Evil Geniuses versus OG
  • Chaos Esports Club versus Geek Fam

Having both the runners up from the previous Major, EG and the two-time TI winning OG in one group is already massive, but with the two teams going head-to-head in the opening series is definitely going to be even bigger. This will be the first DPC event in which OG compete with their new roster and it’s set to be intense – and that’s before we even mention the power that Geek Fam have been showing lately.

Group C

  • EHOME
  • Fnatic
  • Invictus Gaming
  • Ninjas in Pyjamas

Opening series

  • Invictus Gaming versus Ninjas in Pyjamas
  • Fnatic versus EHOME

Both iG and Fnatic have been playing some amazing Dota 2 lately and, while the two teams do not face each other in the opening series, they both have a chance to meet up and create some fireworks in their group. Not counting out NiP and EHOME either, as these squads do have the ability to cause some chaos and create some big upsets in LA.

Group D

  • beastcoast
  • Team Adroit
  • Team Aster
  • Virtus.pro

Opening series

  • beastcoast versus Virtus.pro
  • Team Aster versus Team Adroit

Group D is going to be really tough to breakdown, with Aster having just played a near perfect Minor, but the likes of beastcoast and Adroit also known to show pure class in recent events. For VP, this Major will be a big chance for the CIS squad to return to the upper echelons after failing to have any decent performances so far this season.

ESL One Los Angeles 2020 kicks of on Sunday March 15th with Group A and B having their opening series before the remaining groups begin on March 16th. With the huge tally of DPC points on the line for the winning squad plus the $1,000,000 prize pool, you can be sure that every team will be throwing everything that they can at their opponents.

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