Kiev Major Qualifiers Will Be Region Locked
Open Qualifiers for The Kiev Major will be region locked, according to a Tweet posted by FACEIT’s Milos “Mikey” Nedeljkovic.
The announcement comes in the wake of The Boston Major Americas Qualifiers, which stirred up a fair amount of controversy when a number of Dota 2 teams from the European and CIS regions competed and advanced through the qualifiers designated for American teams. Prodota Gaming and Elements Pro Gaming, in particular, blasted their way through the competition to qualify for The Boston Major Main Qualifiers, which many felt was unjust to American players. In the end, neither Prodota Gaming or Elements Pro Gaming managed to even move forward into the tournament’s Group Stages.
Region-locking does not prohibit teams from competing in a region-locked event if they have import players on their team, so long as they are abiding by the 3/5 rule. So long as a team is composed of no more than two foreign players, and is based in the same region as the qualifier they wish to compete in, they will be permitted to participate in the open qualifier.
In addition to the region locking announcement, Nedelkovic also confirmed that the Open Qualifiers for South America will allow eight teams to advance to the Closed Qualifiers.
The Kiev Major Open Qualifiers will begin on March 6th and run until the 9th, with the Main Qualifiers running from the 10th to 13th. Official dates for the Group Stages have yet to be revealed, but the Main Event will take place April 27th to the 30th at the National Palace of Arts in Kiev, Ukraine.
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