The Frankfurt Dota Major Americas Qualifiers have officially concluded. Cloud 9 and Unknown are heading to Frankfurt, in November, to compete in the main event. The two teams have showcased some spectacular plays over the course of the qualifiers. Unknown managed to knock out one of the utter favorites, Digital Chaos, in a clean 2:0 sweep, to claim their spot.
Cloud 9 swept through the Peruvian team Unknown, 2:0, securing the first spot in the Frankfurt Dota Major. It was no surprise to see Cloud 9 clinch the first qualifying spot, as they have been easily dominating in the North American scene, ever since their inception.
The big surprise however, was that Unknown have secured the second available spot, after sweeping through Digital Chaos with some incredible plays and coordination. The Peruvian team has advanced through the Open Qualifiers for their chance to compete in the Frankfurt Dota Major Americas Qualifiers and was not among the teams that were considered a credible threat.
Frankfurt Dota Major Americas playoffs brackets
Frankfurt Dota Major Americas playoffs format
Playoffs matches were best-of-three series. Top two teams – winners of both the Upper Bracket and Lower Bracket finals – have qualified qualify for the $3,000,000 Frankfurt Dota Major, scheduled to take place between November 16-21, in Frankfurt, Germany.
Frankfurt Dota Major Americas Qualifiers winners, Upper Bracket finals
Unknown 0:2 Cloud 9 – The first game started out relatively even through the laning phase, but as the early game progressed, Unknown started to take the lead with Ember Spirit and Alchemist in the driver’s seat. Cloud 9’s Ancient Apparition proved to be the perfect set up for their lineup. A flawless game by Ravi “Ritsu” Kodippili on Luna and the damage of Braxton “Brax” Paulson’s Dragon Knight were enough to pull them ahead towards victory.
The second game was heavily one-sided, with the top three net-worth heroes belonging to Cloud 9. Another flawless game for Ritso, this time on Ember Spirit, and a fantastic game by Brax on Templar Assassin helped the North American team prevail, in 39 minutes.
- Frankfurt Dota Major Americas Qualifiers winners: Cloud 9 have secured their spot at the Frankfurt Dota Major. Unknown were sent to the Lower Brackets to compete for the remaining available spot.
Frankfurt Dota Major Americas Qualifiers winners, Lower Bracket finals
Digital Chaos 0:2 Unknown – The laning phase of the first game was even, but as the game progressed, Unknown were able to take the lead and maintain a tight grasp on it. Templar Assassin had a fantastic game and Undying was a key factor for much of the team’s success. After almost 50 minutes of game play, the South American team claimed the victory with a 20K gold advantage.
Digital Chaos had the lead in the early game, after multiple kills before the creeps spawned. The game would turn into a blood bath, with a total of 81 kills by the end. Around 20 minutes into the game, the tides started to turn in Unknown’s favor. The Peruvians took the Roshan and came out on top in the fights that followed. They were able to keep their lead and push through to the end, upsetting the North American team and taking the final spot for the first Major.
- Frankfurt Dota Major Americas Qualifiers winners: Unknown claimed the second spot for the Frankfurt Dota Major, after eliminating Digital Chaos in a 2:0 sweep.
Frankfurt Dota Major participating teams
Eight teams have received direct invites to the Frankfurt Dota Major.
- 1. Evil Geniuses
- 2. CDEC
- 3. LGD Gaming
- 4. ViCi Gaming
- 5. Vega Squadron
- 6. Team Secret
- 7. Virtus.Pro
- 8. EHOME
- Mineski (SEA Qualifier winner)
- Fnatic (SEA Qualifier winner)
- (monkey)Business (EU Qualifier winner)
- Alliance (EU Qualifier winner)
- Cloud 9(NA Qualifier winner)
- Unknown(NA Qualifier winner)
- (China Qualifier winner)
- (China Qualifier winner)
Frankfurt Dota Major will feature $3 million in prize money
The first Dota Major will be held in Frankfurt, Germany, at the Festhalle Messe – a multi-purpose hall with an area of 6,000 square meters, which can accommodate up to 13,500 visitors. Sixteen teams will be competing over six days, between November 16-21, in a double elimination tournament. The total prize-pool of $3,000,000 is a fixed amount and ESL will be in charge of production.
Valve originally announced the implementation of the Majors system at the end of April 2015. The concept is believed to be a proper solution to some significant problems in tournament quality and control that had been voiced in recent times.
Over the last five years, The International has become the pinnacle moment for the world of professional Dota. Now the excitement of the biggest event in esports is coming to the Majors, a series of seasonal marquee tournaments, which will take place throughout the year and around the globe. Dota’s newest tradition begins this fall with the Frankfurt Major.
Frankfurt Dota Major tickets
- Attendance to the Frankfurt Major will be open to the public and will not require a ticket for any day except for the day of the finals.
- The finals will take place on Saturday, November 21st.
- Tickets can be purchased from Eventbrite, for €50 each.