Team Secret Among Eight Teams Qualified for Kiev Major
It was a long and arduous process for our favorite players but, after days of qualifiers, we now have the full competition lineup for The Kiev Major and, to put it simply, the competition is going to be fierce.
As mentioned in a previous post covering those who received direct invites, the number of slots available to particular regions had seen a shift since past events. With the establishment of the CIS and South American Regional Qualifiers, China and Southeast Asia had two available spots per region up for grabs while North America, Europe, South America, and CIS received only one. The qualifiers were also region locked to prevent teams from invading another region’s qualifier and stealing their spot.
Outside of those two changes, the format remained the same as past qualifiers.
Team Onyx claimed first place in North America’s qualifier in an upset against compLexity and Team NP, putting themselves in the running for their first Major event since their formation in January. It’s a rather new team, in terms of branding, but the lineup features Dota 2 veterans such as Jimmy “DeMoN” Ho and Kanishka “BuLba” Sosale, so it was not terribly surprising to see the team advance into the main event.
South American team SG e-sports will also be seeing their first official Major after swiping a 2-1 win against Not Today, who had knocked them into the loser’s bracket earlier in the tournament. The roster was formerly known as Kingao+4, whose members still have yet to make a name for themselves in the Dota 2 scene.
In the CIS region, Virtus.pro claimed their spot in the Kiev Major with a nearl flawless run, blasting their way through the competition with a 9-0 finish that was only tarnished when the competition picked up and other teams knocked games off of the roster. Nevertheless, thanks to a clean 2-0 win against Natus Vincere in the Grand Finals, Virtus.pro will be advancing.
Both Invictus Gaming lineups, main team Invictus Gaming and sister team IG Vitality, qualified through the China Regional Qualifier when Invictus Gaming was knocked into the Losers’ Finals by IG Vitality, when they were given one final chance to fight for a qualification spot. It was a 2-1 victory against Vici Gaming that launched them into the main event with a 7-2 record, with IG Vitality carrying a narrow 5-4. Currently, it’s unclear how Valve plans to handle the possibility of a conflict of interest should the sister teams come across one another later in the event.
Europe’s Regional Qualifier had what was arguably the most stacked lineup out of the six, but Team Secret was less than intimidated by the competition. With only one match loss against Alliance, who they would compete against multiple times during the qualifier, Team Secret ran through the tournament guns blazing. Once defeating Ninjas in Pyjamas 2-0 in the Semifinals, Secret knocked Alliance into the Losers’ Finals where they were forced to claw their way to the Grand Finals against B)ears, who had been put in the Losers’ Bracket by Alliance in the Semifinals. Europe’s Regional Qualifier was a story of victories being stolen and reclaimed, a constant tug of war between their region’s elite, but it was one final match between Alliance and Team Secret, which Secret won 2-0, that decided who would go on to represent their region alongside The Greeks (Ex-Ad Finem).
Finally, the Southeast Asia Regional Qualifiers saw Team Faceless and TNC Pro Team take their victories to the main stage of the Kiev Major. TNC Pro Team, led by team captain and former Mineski player Carlo “Kuku” Palad, were put on the rocks in the semifinals when they were knocked into the Losers’ Round by Team Faceless, but they quickly bounced back from their second defeat of the tournament when they went 2-1 against Clutch Gamers, then against Mski.GGNetwork who had been put in the Losers’ Finals by Team Faceless.
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