With 2018 well and truly under way, so is a new year of eSports action. January has already seen the launch of the highly anticipated Blizzard run Overwatch League which, according to Wired, is aiming to become the ‘new NFL’.

But what else is taking place across the world this month?

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Malaysia’s first ever Dota 2 Minor is set to take place in late January and is one of two minor tournaments on the Dota Pro Circuit to be held in Asia this year.

ESL One Genting will kick off on 26th boasting sixteen of the best Dota 2 teams that the planet has to offer.

The ten invitational teams are set to join up with the six regional qualifying winners and battle it out at the Genting Highlands resort for a prize pool worth close to half a million dollars.

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The competition format features the typical group stage (2 groups of 8), followed by quarter-finals and semi-finals with the winners of each group eventually reaching the play-offs to eventually decide the champions.

Throughout the Dota Pro Circuit season there are 9 major tournaments and 14 minors. The first major of the year is set to take place next month in Katowice, the first major ever to be held in Poland. Generally speaking the minor tournaments have 300-400 qualifying points (QP) up for grabs whilst the majors have 1500. This is on top of the lucrative prize money each time, of course.

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Team Secret were crowned champions in the first outing of the year earlier this month as they pipped Vici Gaming 3-2 in the final of Captains Draft 4.0 which took place in Washington DC.

With two tournament wins already this season, Team Secret will be hoping to add a further 300 QP’s going into ESL One Genting next week.

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