Two of the biggest names in European Dota have now qualified for the Regionals with a chance to get to the second major.
PSG.LGD has already shown how dangerous open qualifiers can be, as they were knocked out early in a best-of-one. The third-place TI9 finishers are now locked out of the major/minor system until the qualifiers for the third major start. However, both big representatives for the EU region have made it through and will play for a spot at the Leipzig Major in January.
Teams who do not have any DPC points do not get invited to the regional qualifiers anymore, meaning that if a team fails to qualify for regionals, they do not get invited to the next regionals either. This rule means that a lot of the teams who took a break for the first major have had to go through open qualifiers in order to get their chance at a spot in the major.
Nigma beat OG.Seed in a fast 2-0 that felt like it could have been closer. Nigma showed their quality as TI runners up and two dominating performances later, they had booked their ticket to Regionals.
A hastily put together EU/CIS mix named Chicken Fighters stood in the way of Team Secret; however they were no match for the Puppey-led superpower, and just like Nigma, they tore through Chicken Fighters to secure their spot.
The two teams now join what looks to be a stacked regional qualifier with Alliance, Team Liquid, and Ad Finem among others that have already qualified by playing the qualifiers for the previous major. The regional qualifiers start on December 1 and run through to December 3.
Adam is currently studying for his master’s degree in esports at Staffordshire University after graduating in BA (Hons) Games Journalism and PR.He started playing Dota 2 in 2014 and has since fallen in love with esports. Adam contributes to Level Push's Dota 2 and CS:GO sections.