The Boston Major EU Open Qualifiers teams are getting ready to go head to head in to the brutal best-of-one series. The first of the Boston Major EU Open Qualifiers kicks off shortly, at 16:00 CEST, with over 800 registered teams. There is no shortage of talent or veteran players in these open qualifiers. Things are expected to be very intense and thrilling the next few days. There will be two separate opportunities for teams to contend for one of the two spots available in the Regional Qualifiers.
With the Boston Major announcement, Open Qualifiers for each region were added to the mix, giving eight teams (two from each region) that were not directly invited to the event or its Regional Qualifiers the opportunity to try out their luck. Boston Major Open Qualifiers teams will compete to advance into the Regional Qualifiers.
Valve has partnered up with FaceIT to host the Boston Major EU Open Qualifiers. All the information on notable contenders, schedule and streams is wrapped up below.
The Boston Major EU Open Qualifiers teams that win will advance to the Regional Qualifiers, which will take place between October 27th-30th.
The Boston Major will be held between December 7-11, at the Wang Theater, in Boston, USA, with a set prize-pool of $3,000,000. Sixteen teams will compete in the main event hosted by PGL and Valve.
Boston Major EU Open Qualifiers streams
A couple of channels and casters will be covering selections of games from the Boston Major EU Open Qualifiers. With many favorite and notable teams participating, there are plenty of casters to cover most of the action. The following spreadsheet will be updated throughout the four days of the Open Qualifiers.
- Beyond the Summit’s EU stream, Stream 3, Stream 4
- dragondrop’s stream
- PythianLegume’s stream
- Kairos’s stream
- xIdontknow’s stream
- IDS Studio’s stream
- Bkop’s stream
- baked’s stream
- KingCharlie’s stream (Hindi)
- PuyiHakimTV’s stream
- Imperiusgg’s stream (Spanish)
- pandevich’s stream (Russian)
- DOTA2.PL’s stream (Polish)
- Robnroll’s stream
- eurheilu’s stream (Finnish)
- UCC Studio’s stream (Russian)
Boston Major EU Open Qualifiers teams – notable contenders
- Team Empire
- Flipsid3 Tactics
- Elements Pro Gaming
- Fantastic 5
- Memento Mori Tactics
- Power Rangers
- sQreen’s squad
Boston Major EU Open Qualifiers schedule
Much like for the previous Majors, there will be two opportunities for teams to compete in the Boston Major EU Open Qualifiers. Two rounds of Open Qualifiers will be hosted – the first one will take place between October 23rd-24th, while the second one is set for October 25th-26th. Teams are able to register and participate in both sets of events.
Teams that didn’t sign up on time and solo players will be able to sign-up 30 minutes before the tournament starts if there are available slots left. All teams will be able to register five players and two stand-ins which they will be able to use in the Closed Qualifiers. Each team will only be able to use five selected players throughout the Boston Major Open Qualifiers.
Boston Major EU Open Qualifiers #1, Day 1 – October 23rd
Check-in: 14:00 CEST
Start time: 16:00 CEST
Boston Major EU Open Qualifiers Registration:JOIN HERE
Rounds played: Round of 1024 (BO1), Round of 512 (BO1), Round of 256 (BO1), Round of 128 (BO1), Round of 64 (BO1), Round of 32 (BO1).
Boston Major EU Open Qualifiers #1, Day 2 – October 24th
Start time: 17:00 CEST
Rounds played: Round of 16 (BO1), Round of 8 (BO1), Semi-Finals (BO3), Finals (BO3).
Notable Boston Major EU Open Qualifiers teams
Some of the Boston Major Open Qualifiers teams were not directly invited to the Regional Qualifiers due to roster changes or simply did not make the cut for the already stacked regional list. Many notable teams were left to qualify in the Boston Major Open Qualifiers. Among them, there are some quite strong teams that are expected to create an atmosphere of fierce competition in the brutal best-of-one brackets.
The Imperial members have been playing together since the inception of the team (as Danish Bears) in August 2015, with the exception Jon “13abyKnight” Andersen who replaced Jure “Pingvincek” Plešej in June. Towards the end of June, they were signed by Imperial.
The Danish squad has had a very strong presence in the regional scene, participating in almost every minor tournament and qualifier. They have typically been able to place in the first three positions and most recently have been a formidable enemy seizing championship titles left and right.
The team were even able to seize the first place finish at the WESG Global EU LAN finals comprised of all national teams and will be heading to China in January to represent Denmark.
Danish Bears roster:
Marcus “Ace” Hoelgaard
Jon “13abyKnight” Andersen
Mikki “HesteJoe-Rotten” Junget
Danny “Noia” Junget
Christopher “Ryze” Winther
For the new Fall Major 2016 season, Team Empire began to rebuild their squad around their two remaining players Yaroslav “Miposhka” Naidenov and Rinat “KingR” Abdullin. The first addition was with Andry “Ghostik” Kadyk – who had been playing with the team already for several weeks.
The Team Empire roster was finalized following their announcement of two well known veteran players – Sergey “G” Bragin and Ilya “ALOHADANCE” Korobkin.
Both G and ALOHADANCE were last part of Virtus.Pro which had dissolved their entire Dota 2 squad at the end of June, after the team’s lamentable track record last season and failure to qualify for The International 6.
Team Empire roster
Yaroslav “Miposhka” Naidenov
Rinat “KingR” Abdullin
Andry “Ghostik” Kadyk
Sergey “G” Bragin
Ilya “ALOHADANCE” Korobkin
At the end of August, after The International 5, Armand “bOne7” Pittner put together a mix with Asuna, Bufni, Beesa, and Kikoni. They went by the name of Kaipi.
Less than a month later, Alexandru “ComeWithMe” Crăciunescu and Antonio “canceL^^” Mihai were brought on, after Kiril “Kikoni” Minkov and Salvador “Asuna” Khamis parted ways with the team.
Several roster changes later, Kaipi lost Ludwig “zai” Wåhlberg, to Evil Geniuses, on June 13th.
Amid speculation that they were about to sign former EG player Kurtis “Aui_2000” Ling, Kaipi sought out ProDotA Gaming’s player Neta “thecoon” Shapira as zai’s replacement.
The Israeli player joined the rest of Kaipi’s lineup – bOne7, SingSing, ComeWithMe and SexyBamboe – on bootcamp in Bucharest, for the duration of The International 6 Open Qualifiers.
The team failed to advance into the Regional Qualifiers, after losing to Global Challengers during the first round of qualifiers (Round of 16) and E-Lab in the second one (Round of 32). Kaipi participated in several minor tournaments and qualifiers throughout the season, but were unable to clinch any noteworthy achievements, mainly due to their roster instability.
Shortly after, ComeWithMe left the team and was eventually replaced by Alperen “mdL” Arslan for several weeks. On September 14th, Brian “FLUFFNSTUFF” Lee rounded out the Kaipi roster for the 2016 Fall Major season.
WehSing “SingSing” Yuen
Alaan “SexyBamboe” Faraj
Armand “bOne7” Pittner
Neta “thecoon” Shapira
Brian “FLUFFNSTUFF” Lee
After a long absence in the Dota 2 scene, Flipsid3 Tactics returned by signing the newly formed and quickly rising CIS team !Rebels!
Ivan “VANSKOR” Skorokhod put together a mix of Russian players, called !Rebels! only two days before the Manila Major and TI6 rosters became locked at the end of March.
The team was invited to the TI6 Europe closed qualifiers but did not advance out of the group stage after placing last.
In August Vladimir “RodjER” Nikogosyan replaced Daniil “MeTTpuM” Gilev.
Flipsid3 Tactics roster:
Ivan “VANSKOR” Skorokhod
Vladimir “RodjER” Nikogosyan
Maksim “Shachlo” Abramovshkikh
Oleg “tmw” Kolesnichenko
Vadim “Sedoy” Musorin
F.R.I.E.N.D.S roster, formed in July 2015 of members of ex-Virtus.Pro, continued with the addition of Vasily “AfterLife” Shishkin and Dmitry “UnderShock” Bolshakov.
Afterlife most recently was part of Team Empire until early September. The Russian player parted ways with Team Empire after six months with the team. Undershock joined his comrade, on the Russian empire as a stand-in starting weeks prior, but left at the same time as AfterLife.
Vasily “AfterLife” Shishkin
Maxim “yoky” Kim
Andrey “ALWAYSWANNAFLY” Bondarenko
Dmitry “UnderShock” Bolshakov
Alexander “NoFear” Churochkin
Fantastic Five was originally spotted in early September, in the registration list for the Frankfurt Major. At the time, it consisted of Stanislav “BzzIsPerfect” Glushan, Andrey “Ghostik” Kadyk, and Vladimir “yol” Basov, plus two other players.
The team had some roster instability in October and again in December but that didn’t stop Tornado RoX from picking up the squad. However, the team continued in the next two months with less than desirable results and roster instability, losing Sedoy, Ghostik and ArsZeeqq within one month.
Ghostik returned to the team when the squad parted ways with RoxKis at the end of March and signed on Alexander “XBOCT” Dashkevich and Roman “rmN-” Paley.
Then, in May, the team would suffer a devastating blow. Fantastic Five parted ways with Alexander “XBOCT”Dashkevich and Andrey “Ghostik” Kadyk and was left with only three members.
The separation came following disappointing results in the Manila Major open qualifiers and minimal commendable placements during the Spring Season.
The team registered for the TI6 open qualifiers with both Ilya “Illidan” Pivcaev and Pavel “9pashaebashu” Khvastunov. After qualifying for the TI6 EU closed qualifiers, the team placed third in the group after a tie-breaker for first three places between them, Escape and Team Secret was finished. F5 advanced to the playoffs but were knocked to the lower brackets by Ad Finem and then eliminated by Escape Gaming.
Shorty after in August, 9pashaebashu left the team for Virtus.Pro and was eventually replaced by Serafim “L0lik_O” Savelyev in September.
Fantastic Five roster:
Stanislav “BzzIsPerfect” Glushan
Roman “rmN-“ Paley
Vladimir “yol” Basov
Ilya “Illidan” Pivcaev
Serafim “L0lik_O” Savelyev