The qualifiers for one of the most exciting events of the year are finally over. There is only one slot left for this tournament, and it will go to the champion of OGA Dota Pit Minor 2019, which will take place in roughly three weeks. Let’s take a look at the teams that qualified for the MDL Disneyland Paris Major from each region.
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As expected, the first team that was able to secure their spot for the upcoming Major was EG. The #bleedblue squad finished first in Group A without dropping a single game. In fact, they only lost one map, and that happened in the Playoffs against J.storm.
CoL is the second team from NA that will go to Paris. They were in the same group as EG and snatched up second place. After that, they got a 2-1 victory against Forward Gaming, which gave them the second slot for the Major. This is good news for CoL as they have not been in their best shape recently.
The last NA team was not expected, but in the end, they’ve made accomplished their goal. Under the lead of EternalEnvy, they managed to beat J.storm and Forward Gaming in the Lower Bracket, after they got there from the Group Stage.
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One of the biggest surprises in the qualifiers has to be Butterly Effec. The Brazillian team finished first in a group with Infamous, SG e-sports and Demolition Boys. As if that was not impressive enough, they won 2-0 against both Thunder Predator and Chaos EC. It will be fascinating to see this team play in the Major. Who knows, we might have a new SA powerhouse on the rise.
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The second team that will ride the rollercoasters in Disneyland is Chaos EC. Unlike Butterly Effec, they were expected to get a slot for the Major since they have been one of the most consistent squads from this region. Chaos defeated Infamous in the Lower Bracket Finals and got the second slot from South America.
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No surprises here. Team Secret was the first team to secure their spot in the Major. After finishing first in their group, Puppey and Co. had to deal with NiP, which they did. Many people thought that Team Secret was unbeatable at one point. However, DreamLegue Season 11 proved those wrong. Now we will just have to wait and see if the European powerhouse will get back on their winning path.
The TI 7 winners had some problems in the qualifiers, found a way to get in. Liquid was first in Group B, but despite that, they did not put together their best performance. Unlike Team Secret, Kuro and his teammates got a much harder opponent for the playoffs - OG. The series between the two giants was probably one of the most exciting to watch, so I suggest you check it out if you have not already seen it.
Last, but definitely not least, is the TI 8 champion - OG. They have had some problems during this DPC season. Likely the main reason for that was the absence of ana. However, after he returned to the team, it seems as though they are slowly getting back into shape. After the loss against Liquid, OG had to deal with two Swedish teams - Alliance and The Final Tribe.
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The first slot from CIS goes to Virtus.Pro (such surprise much wow). VP have nearly no competition in this region, and they proved it yet again. The three-times Major finalist has already qualified for TI 9, but it seems like they have no intentions in just attending the remaining events. They want to win.
KingR’s team was able to get the second slot for Paris. Many people thought that either Na’Vi or Gambit esports was going to be second, but that did not happen. Team Empire finished second in Group A. After the loss against VP in the Upper Bracket Final; they were able to deal with Na’Vi, which eliminated Gambit in the previous round.
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KG is the first Chinese team that got their ticket to Disneyland. They finished second in Group B and dealt with the DreamLeague and StarLadder Champions - Vici Gaming. This just further proves the fact that Keen Gaming is getting better and better with each event. If this trend continues and they manage to get to TI 9, we will see some intense moments.
The TI 8 finalist is the second Chinese team to qualify for the Major. This happened after Maybe got back with his teammates after his long break. PSG.LGD finished first in Group B and they won 2-0 against Newbee in the playoffs.
Of course, the last Chinese team is Vici Gaming. It was going to be very strange if the DreamLeague and StarLadder Champions failed to qualify. They were close to failing after finishing first in Group A, they lost against Keen Gaming in the playoffs. Regardless of that, two quick wins against Newbee and Royal did the job.
We have our first MDL Disneyland®Paris Major Qualifier from SEA - @FNATIC take it with a 2-1 victory over TNC! @TNCPredator drop down to the lower bracket for another shot at the tickets. #MDLDisney #Dota2 @MarsMedia pic.twitter.com/iPZcm8mkc6
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Fnatic is undoubtedly the strongest SEA team during the last couple of months. That’s why it is no surprise that they are also the first one to get a slot for Paris. They finished first in Group A and then proceed to win against Mineski and TNC Predator.
After placing third at DreamLeague Season 11, Fnatic is in good shape try and snatch the victory in Paris. If they manage to do so, they will become the second SEA team to ever win a Major event. The first one was Mineski, which happens to be the second team from this region to qualify for the Major.
It seems like the roster changes are finally paying off. Mineski is the second team from this region that managed to get a ticket for the Major. They had to go through the Lower Bracket to do so.
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