Powered by Intel, ESL One has announced its return to Southeast Asia as the next Tier One DOTA 2 tournament following The International. From December 11 to 17, twelve of the best DOTA 2 teams will battle it out in Malaysia's capital Kuala Lumpur, with a whopping $1,000,000 prize pool on the line. 

With the slogan “Rise Above Fate” and the teams’ unknown, anything is possible in the Oracle's hands! Read on for everything we know so far about ESL One Kuala Lumpur 2023. 

ESL One Kuala Lumpur: Format 

The tournament will begin with a three-day Group Stage, consisting of two groups of six teams each, with a single round-robin format. These matches will be held online in a LAN format. 

Only the best six teams will proceed to the double-elimination playoffs, playing in front of a live audience. The twelve competing teams have yet to be announced, so watch this space for further updates! 

ESL One Kuala Lumpur: Venue

The ESL One Kuala Lumpur playoff matches (December 15-17) will be hosted at the MITEC (Malaysia International Trade and Exhibition Centre) in Segambut, Kuala Lumpur. MITEC is the largest exhibition center in the country, capable of hosting 20K visitors for an action-packed competition.  

Shane Clarke, Director, Game Ecosystems - Dota 2 at ESL FACEIT Group, says, “We’re ready to put on a world-class tournament at MITEC, and look forward to returning to the region soon with more incredible live Dota 2 action and experiences.”

Tickets for the ESL One Kuala Lumpur tournament will go on sale on September 21, 2023, at 3PM MYT or 9AM CEST here. Find all the ticket prices and inclusions below - details on the Bounty Bags are yet to be announced. 

ESL One Kuala Lumpur: Tickets

Ticket Type


Ticket Inclusions

3-Day General Admission

RM149 ($31.79)

  • Access to all playoff matches (December 15 - 17).
  • Access to signing sessions.

Plus 3-Day

RM349 ($75)

  • Access to all playoff matches (December 15 - 17).
  • Access to signing sessions.
  • Bounty Bag

Premium 3-Day

RM549 ($120)

  • Access to all playoff matches (December 15 - 17).
  • Access to signing sessions.
  • Seating closest to the players during matches.
  • Premium Bounty Bag.
  • Premium Attendee Badge.

ESL One Kuala Lumpur: How To Watch

ESL One Kuala Lumpur is still months away, so the full schedule has yet to be released and confirmed. If fans want to get ahead of the curve, all ESL One matches will be broadcast live on the official ESL One Twitch and YouTube channels, the latter of which is embedded below. 

For more information, head to the ESL DOTA 2's dedicated social media platforms, including TwitterFacebook, and Instagram

Concluding Thoughts

It’s still early days regarding ESL One’s return, and ESL still hasn’t confirmed which teams will be playing in this tournament, the first Tier One event after the conclusion of The International. 

Stay tuned with Rivalry for the best DOTA 2 betting odds, and more information coming soon.