Two teams from the EU invade NA Regional Qualifiers, while Fantastic Five and The Imperial make it to the EU Regional Qualifiers.
Round Robins: Best-of-one, top 4 go into bracket
Bracket: Double Elimination, top 2 go to The Boston Major
AMERICAS OPEN QUALIFIERS
Making waves and causing uproar after ProDota Gaming, a Europe-based team, decided to compete in the AM Open Qualifiers # 1 and won in the final against Vegetables eClub (comprised of casters and analysts Ben â€œMerliniâ€ Wu, William â€œBlitzâ€ Lee, Austin â€œCapitalistâ€ Walsh and ex-FDL players Wilson â€œFronzâ€ Teng and Quinn â€œCC&Câ€ Callahan), a number of European-based teams also decided to try their luck at the AM Open Qualifiers #2 as well, with notable entries such as Team Empire, Power Rangers, Kaipi, Elements Pro Gaming, and Flipsid3 Tactics.
Elements Pro Gaming won the other slot â€“ meaning both Open Qualifier slots for the AM Regional Qualifiers went to a European team despite the time and ping difference. European teams migrating into a different regionâ€™s qualifiers has created some drama among fans and personalities alike, which we can expect to get worse if the EU teams actually manage to qualify for the Major itself.
They will be joining Team NP (Jacky â€œEternaLEnVyâ€ Mao and Kurtis â€œAui_2000â€ Lingâ€™s team), TI6 Wildcard compLexity Gaming, Friendship Dedication and Love, and three other teams at the Americas Regional Qualifiers for their chance the two slots to go to The Boston Major.
EUROPE OPEN QUALIFIERS
The highly competitive EU Open Qualifiers saw Ilya â€œIllidanâ€ Pivcaevâ€™s stack, Fantastic Five, take the slot after going 2:1 against FlipSid3 Tactics. They will be joined by Jon â€œ13abyKnightâ€ Andersenâ€™s stack, The Imperial, who recently just won the EU & CIS Finals of the WESG and defeated ALTERNATE aTTaX 2:0.
Both teams will move on to the EU Regional Qualifiers, joining current regional favorites, Team Secret and Virtus.Pro, and some big names such as Natus Vincere, Team Liquid and Alliance.
The EU Regional Qualifiers are looking as highly contested as ever, with a lot of tournament veterans looking to claim their spot at The Boston Major and prove themselves after the regionâ€™s disappointing placements at The International last August.
Will Team Secret continue their streak of success? Will Team Liquid finally find their chemistry? Will Virtus.Pro continue to look dominant, after claiming their slot to DotaPit? Will fan-favorites Naâ€™Vi and Alliance rise to the challenge after their TI6 slump? Or will we see a glorious upset from one of the underdog teams?
Weâ€™ll find out over the weekend, as round robins start today, leading to the playoffs this Saturday.