ESL have issued the first direct invite to their Dota 2 event ESL One: Hamburg 2019 to Virtus.pro. In the past few years Virtus.pro emerged victorious at three ESL One events.
Virtus.pro are the champions of ESL One Hamburg 2017, ESL One Katowice 2019 and ESL One Birmingham 2018. Last October they placed 3rd at ESL One Hamburg 2018, afterwards they declined the invitation to ESL One Mumbai 2019 and ESL One Birmingham 2019.
ESL One Hamburg 2019 will be held on October 25-27th in at Barclaycard Arena in Hamburg, Germany. The tournament’s line-up will consist of 12 teams. Four teams will qualify through regional qualifiers in Europe/CIS, North America, China and Southeast Asia, while the others will receive direct invites. The prize pool is set at $300,000.