Team Liquid and Newbee received direct invites to Invitational
The first Minor in a new competitive season of Dota 2 will be held in Kiev from the October 12-15. The SL i-League Invitational S3 will bring together 6 winners of the regional qualifiers and our 2 invited teams - Team Liquid and Newbee.
Team Liquid are reigning world champions after their emphatic victory at The International 2017, and with the legendary KuroKy at the helm is the biggest name in Dota 2 right now. What is more Team Liquid are the victors of two of our competitions earlier in 2017; StarSeries Season 3 and a previous season of Invitational, making them technically defending champions.
NewBee are the second direct invite for SL i-League Invitational S3 courtesy of their excellent second place at The International 2017 and a brilliant 2016/17 TI season overall. The champions of D2PL Season 2 and ZOTAC Cup Masters, Newbee decided to make no changes to their lineup heading into this season, and the SL i-League Invitational S3 will be their first LAN appearance after TI.