The Alliance bested Na’Vi 2:0 in the European ESL One qualifier last night, becoming the first team to qualify for the LAN event to be held this June in Frankfurt, Germany. ESL One Frankfurt 2015 will be Alliance’s first LAN event of the year, after the former TI champions went out with a whimper in the past few months.
Na’Vi started the qualifiers looking strong, sweeping through their brackets undefeated against Balkan Bears Coreleone and Hell Raisers. The Alliance, looking equally strong, wiped out FlipSid3 Tactics and Power Rangers, upset the favorites, Cloud 9, and ended up scoring a clear-cut 2:0 victory against Natus Vincere. Alliance lost to Evil Geniuses in the semi-finals last year and now have the chance to face them again and seek revenge.
Former TI champions Alliance and Na’Vi hit dry spell amidst roster changes
The most notable meeting between these two teams to date remains the grand finals of TI3, with Alliance claiming the prize and title of TI3 Champions. Although both teams are TI winners, there have been numerous roster changes and struggles for both of the teams in claiming any significant victories or titles in recent months. The last roster changes for both teams happened just within weeks of each other last month. On March 6, Sebastien “7ckingMad” Debs officially joined the Swedish roster, while Na’Vi parted ways with Arthur “Goblak” Kostenko on March 25.
The Alliance current roster:
Per Anders “Pajkatt” Olsson, Jonathan “Loda” Berg, Joakim “Akke” Akterhall, Niclas “Niqua” Westergard, Sébastien “7ckingMad” Debs
Natus Vincere current roster:
Alexander “XBOCT” Dashkevich, Danil “Dendi” Ishutin, Ivan “Vanskor” Sorokhod, Olexandr “DkPhobos”Kucherya, Akbar “SoNNeikO” Butaev *stand-in
ESL One Frankfurt tournament
Eight teams will compete at Commerzbank-Arena in Frankfurt, Germany, June 20-21, for a $150,000+ prize pool. Three teams have been invited and other five teams will qualify from three regions. Europe will have three spots, while China and SouthEast Asia will have one each. The three invited teams are Team Secret, Evil Geniuses and ViCi Gaming. The Alliance have become the fourth team to secure a place at the event. ESL One Frankfurt 2015 tickets are now available.
Qualified through open brackets: Burden United, Let’s Do it/Team Alternate, Stephashka Gaming/ElysiumGaming.Int, FlipSid3 Tactics
The 12 teams invited to play the qualifiers: Alliance, Balkan Bears Corleone, Vega Squadron, Team Tinker, Power Rangers, Natus Vincere, Ninjas in Pyjamas, Virtus.Pro, Cloud 9, HellRaisers, ASUS.Polar, Team Empire
SouthEast Asian region began their qualifiers on March 23. Underminer, Mineski, Signature.Trust and 5eva are the victorious teams so far, advancing into the second round to begin on April 4.
The four teams from the open qualifier: Underminer, RRQ, 5eva, First Departure
The eight teams invited to play the qualifiers: Can’t Say Wips, Mineski, signature-Trust, Arcanys, Rave, Invasion eSports, MVP Phoenix, EHOME
What’s next in ESL One Frankfurt 2015
There are still two more European qualifier spots up for grabs. ASUS.Polar will face Team Empire tonight. The Lower Brackets will continue with Cloud 9 versus HellRaisers, on April 4. NiP versus TeamTinker is yet to be determined, while Na’Vi still have a chance in the Lower Brackets. SEA region resumes their matches on April 4. Information regarding the Chinese qualifiers has not yet been disclosed.