Twelve teams will compete at the ESL One Kuala Lumpur 2023 in Malaysia -- the first premier LAN tournament after the conclusion of TI12.
Featuring a hefty prize pool of $1,000,000, teams from across the globe will dip their toes to get their rhythm in sync with the meta, especially with the new patch 7.34e.
Three teams secured a direct invite to the ESL One Kuala Lumpur 2023, whilst the rest had to grind through the qualifiers to punch their tickets.
Below is the list of teams that qualified for the ESL One Kuala Lumpur 2023.
List of teams qualified for ESL One Kuala Lumpur 2023
- Gaimin Gladiators (WEU)
- LGD Gaming (CN)
- Azure Ray (CN)
- Team Liquid (WEU)
- Team Secret (WEU)
- BetBoom Team (EEU)
- 9Pandas (EEU)
- Team Falcons (MENA)
- Invictus Gaming (CN)
- Blacklist International (SEA)
- TSM (NA)
- Wawitas Sagazes (SA)
Gaimin Gladiators, Team Liquid and Team Secret will represent Western Europe (WEU) at the ESL One Kuala Lumpur 2023.
Gaimin Gladiators will strive to carry on with their momentum after finishing second at TI12.
Team Liquid will look to break their second-place curse, except at TI12, where they ended in 5th-6th place and compete with a renewed vigour with the addition of Neta '33' Shapira.
On the other hand, Team Secret will look to solidify its new roster and try to build it into a 'powerhouse' -- a tag synonymous with its previous iterations.
Eastern Europe (EEU) will be represented by two teams; BetBoom Team and 9Pandas. Both teams have undergone roster changes and it will be interesting to see how they perform.
Reigning TI12 champions, Team Spirit, are unable to attend due to health reasons and hence their slot was passed on to the Western European qualifier.
MENA, North America, South America, Southeast Asia and China will have one representative each from the qualifiers. However, China has two direct invites which brings the region's tally to a total of three teams.
The rosters of Invictus Gaming, Falcons and Blacklist International look strong on paper with a lot of notable names joining hands in the post-TI roster shuffle.
However, the dark horse is definitely Wawitas Sagazes from South America. It'll be interesting to see how they perform at ESL One Kuala Lumpur 2023.
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