A knockout performance by Virtus.Pro grants the CIS team the top seed in the EU Boston Major qualifier playoffs. Virtus.Pro, Team Secret, Team Liquid and Ad Finem have advanced to the EU qualifier playoffs after two days of group stage matches. The four teams are heading into the home stretch for one of two spots available in the Boston Major. The first match is set to take place on Saturday, October 29th, at 09:00 CEST between Virtus.Pro and Team Liquid.
— Team Virtus.pro (@TeamVirtuspro) October 28, 2016
Virtus.Pro, Team Secret, Team Liquid and Ad Finem are headed to the Boston Major EU regional qualifier playoffs.
Virtus.Pro slayed their opponents and captivated viewers with their strong and impressive performance. Running through the group stage with relative ease, they dropped only one game to Ad Finem for an 8:1 final record and the top spot.
The payout for their success – a spot in the playoffs and the selection of their opponents moving forward. The CIS team chose Team Liquid. The European team placed third in the group, tied with Ad Finem with a 6:3 record.
Team Secret – entered the competition as one of the favorites with a fresh mix of talent and success. They claimed the second place spot in the groups and will face the Greek squad – Ad Finem in the playoffs.
Vega Squadron, Imperial Gaming, Alliance, Escape Gaming, Na’Vi and Fantastic Five didn’t make the cut and have ended their hopes for an appearance at the Boston Major.
This will mark the first time that either Alliance or Na’Vi will not be present at a Valve tournament. The two El Clasico teams struggled to find their groove and results. Alliance found their way to three victories, with Na’Vi falling into tie for last place with two wins under their belt.
Boston Major Qualifiers playoffs schedule
Saturday, October 29
All matches are best-of-three.
- 09:00 CEST – Upper Brackets – Virtus.Pro vs Team Liquid
- 12:30 CEST – Upper Brackets – Team Secret vs Ad Finem
- 16:00 CEST – Lower Bracket elimination – TBD vs TBD
Boston Major Qualifiers format
The Boston Major Qualifiers format has been adjusted compared to previous Majors. This season, teams will be pitted against each other in a single group, instead of divided into two groups. Another significant change, teams will face each other in a best-of-one round robin. The top four teams in the group stage will advance to a best-of-three GSL-style playoffs bracket. Two teams per region will qualify for the Boston Major. Thus, there will be two phases to the Boston Major Qualifiers format: group stage and playoffs.
Boston Major Qualifiers playoffs
- 1st place team chooses 3rd or 4th place team as an opponent
- 2nd place team competes against remaining team
- GSL bracket format
- Best-of-three series
- Two teams qualify for the Boston Major
The Boston Major will be held between December 7th-11th, 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. Wings Gaming, Digital Chaos, Evil Geniuses, Newbee, EHOME, Execration, OG and MVP.Phoenix have already been directly invited to the event.