From April 27th to May 6th, Moscow will host EPICENTER XL Dota 2, featuring Russia’s largest ever esports prize pool of $1m (£739,000), as well as being Russia’s first ever esports tournament to be given Major status.Starting on January 20th, there will be open and closed qualifiers for the event across the CIS, Europe, North America, South America, China and South-East Asia regions. A total of 12 teams will attend the event, be it from qualifying tournaments or direct invites, with the playoff stage of the tournament being held at Moscow’s VTB Ice Palace sports arena on May 4-6th.Two teams have already been invited to the tournament; current world champions and two-time EPICENTER XL winners Team Liquid as well as Virtus.pro.With official support from Valve, teams will also be battling it out for their share of 1500 Pro Circuit points at EPICENTER XL as well as the luxurious prize pool, all gearing towards teams seeking a spot at Dota 2’s headline annual event, The International.National mobile carrier Yota will once again be the title partner at EPICENTER XL, continuing a long tradition of sponsoring EPICENTER events.This news comes following the recent Major status removal of the Galaxy Battles event, due to be held in the Philippines on January 19-21st. Though the tournament will still go ahead, Valve has detached its support of the tournament with the game developer citing “unreasonable infringements on the privacy of the players”. Galaxy Battles management released a statement earlier this week regarding the issue.Esports Insider says: After the breakdown of the Galaxy Battles II major, it’s good to see a new major announced shortly after. Though it doesn’t quite make up for the late changes made to the Philippine event, it at least gives players and fans something to look forward to in the meantime.
Having played in the eternal rival is something that relentlessly pursues Álvaro Morata. The Atlético de Madrid forward confessed in a digital meeting with the Italian tennis player Fabio Fognini that if I could go back I would do things differently.“When I was little, I was an Atleti ball boy. There came a time when I stopped enjoying playing with my friends. You know, the change that comes when you go from being a boy who has a good time playing soccer to a professional dimension. People start to have agents, to sponsor sneakers … I felt too much pressureIn addition, I was not playing a starter and decided to leave. I went to Getafe for a year, a very nice year, and then to Real Madrid. But I, with my father, went to the Calderón and I dreamed of playing there. Unfortunately I had to play with other jerseys and not with Atleti’s, but I was always from Atleti. What I have lived stays, but now I am happier than ever, “admits the rojiblanco striker. He also talked about his more direct rivals on the field, the central ones, and which of them have made it more difficult throughout their career: “Chiellini I don’t know if he does it on purpose but when he meets me he always destroys me (laughs) Sergio Ramos is also a tough defender whereas when you go against Van Dijk you seem to hit a mountain. “Stay in Turin: “In Turin I was very comfortable. When I left I went to the bar around the corner and they even hugged me. The people there were very kind. I think he would have had a great time anyway in every city in Italy. Alice misses Italy. But when we have a day or two off we go back there “