ESL will host the United Kingdom's first ever Dota Major with ESL One Birmingham 2018. In May 2018, 12 of the best teams in the world will compete for the prize pool of $1,000,000 USD and the important 1500 DPC Points to earn their invite for The International 2018. The main event will be held from May 25th to 27th in the Arena Birmingham.

Tournament Format

Qualifier and invites:

Twelve teams will be participating, with six invites and one team each from the six regional qualifiers.

Group Stage:

The group stage will be played on May 23rd and 24th and will consist of three GSL-style groups.

The three first-place teams play additional best-of-one matches against each other to determine which two teams advance to the semi-finals and which team joins the three runner-ups in the quarter-finals.

All games are played backstage.


The playoffs will be played out in a Single elimination bracket, all games will be best-of-three except for the best-of-five Grand Finals.

A 3rd place decider match will be played on the last day of the tournament before the Grand Finals.