Katowice, Poland has always been a special place for esports. With a history of seven years of events hosted there, which mainly were CS:GO and StarCraft, the Spodek Arena has recently become a landmark for Dota 2 fans as well.
It was only last year when Katowice hosted its first-ever Dota 2 tournament, a Major part of the Dota Pro Circuit with 1M Dollars on the line. The city became a true esports festival attraction as both IEM and ESL One events happened in the Spodek Arena and quite the same is happening now.
“It feels like it’s the European home of esports. You could argue for others but in terms of a stadium in Europe that people go back to and flock to every year, it has to be Spodek,“ says Paul “Redeye” Chaloner in mini-documentary produced by Luckbox.
CS:GO has just finished the Challenger Stage and tomorrow 16 teams will enter the Legend Stage fighting for one of the eight slots into the Champions Stage of IEM Katowice Major. At the same time, Dota 2 is also played at the Spodek Arena as today, the ESL One Katowice 2019 is kicking off with 12 teams fighting for the Championship title. This year, the event is not a Dota 2 Major, but even so, the team cast is super exciting. Team Secret will be there to give their young Polish carry Michał “Nisha” Jankowski the chance to make his home fans proud. “It will definitely be a big plus if we win that event [ESL One Katowice], but I’m more excited because we will play in Nisha’s hometown. We want him to enjoy this Dota life as much as he can. I would love for him to win a tournament at home,” told to us Yazied “YapzOr” Jaradat last month moments after Team Secret lifted the Chongqing Major trophy.
ESL One Katowice 2019 starts today, and Team Secret will open the six-day long event with a two-game series against the TI8 champions OG. Majors or not, the ESL One events always have a special aura, they are some of the most anticipated tournaments in all games and there is one person who knows their history better than anyone else. That person is Paul “Redeye” Chaloner, who last year accepted to be an ambassador and advisor of the esports betting site Luckbox.
Long before he joined the Dota 2 scene, Redeye was ESL’s official host and commentator for StarCraft and CS:GO. He stepped down from his position at ESL back in 2015, but he is always happy to be a part of ESL events. Even after several years of returning to Spodek Arena, Redeye still has goosebumps every time he sees the packed stadium applauding a great play made on the stage. “It’s the longest-running stadium-based esports tournament in the world. No esports tournament has been back to the same stadium year after year for this long,” he says in the Luckbox documentary.
Luckbox and Redeye filmed last year through the entire Dota 2 Major and today, in the anticipation of the first day of ESL One Katowice 2019 they are ready to share with the fans the final cut of the “Katowice: Esports History In The Making” – documentary.