The second round of the Frankfurt Dota Major Open Qualifiers is starting today. Team Empire, High Council of Wizards & Priests and 4Hate have persevered through two brutal days of merciless best-of-one series, followed by the best-of-three semifinals and finals. One more team from each of the regions – Europe, China and Southeast Asia – and two from the Americas will advance to the Dota Major regional qualifiers.
DotaBlast will follow the notable contenders as they advance through the brackets and will provide live updates all throughout the day.
With the announcement of the first Dota Major, an open qualifier for each region was added to the mix, giving nine teams from the four regions that were not directly invited to the event or its regional qualifiers the opportunity to advance to the regional qualifiers and, ultimately, the chance to attend the Frankfurt Dota Major and compete with the best Dota 2 teams in the world.
Yesterday, three teams earned the chance to compete in the Frankfurt Dota Major Regional Qualifiers with the hopes to continue to advance to the main event, set to take place between November 16-21, in Frankfurt, Germany.
- HCoWP swept through Canadian team Boreal, 2:0, to claim the 9th spot in the Frankfurt Dota Major Regional Qualifiers. The team will join the ranks of invited teams Cloud 9, compLexity Gaming, Digital Chaos, Pain Gaming, Sector V, Team Imagine, and Void Boys.
- Team Empire recovered from a one-game deficit and bested sQreen and Sedoy’s squad, Big Red Machine, 2:1, to claim the 9th spot in the Frankfurt Dota Major Regional Qualifiers. The team will join the ranks of invited teams 4 Clovers & Lepricon, 5Jungz, Alliance, CIS Rejects, (monkey) Business, Natus Vincere, Ninjas in Pyjamas, and Stark Esports (formerly known as 4 Anchors and Sea Captain).
- 4Hate (SG) bested Execration (PH) and have become the first team to qualify for the Frankfurt Dota Major Regional Qualifiers. The team will join the ranks of invited teams Fnatic, MVP.Phoenix, MVP.Hot6, TNC Gaming, Gigabyte.Mineski, Rex Regum Qeon, Signature.Trust, and Team Satuduatiga.
Today and tomorrow, teams will have a second chance to compete for the last spots in the Regional Qualifiers.
The article will be updated live throughout the day.
UPDATE (08:30 CEST): The American Frankfurt Dota Major Open Qualifiers #2 have left ROOT Gaming and God Bless standing as the two remaining notable teams in the quarterfinals. Team Archon was defeated in Round of 16 as was TongFu.NA. Quarterfinals resume today at 16:00 CDT.
UPDATE (08:15 CEST): After many hours and rounds of playing only eight teams remain for the EU Frankfurt Dota Major Open Qualifiers #2. The notable teams still remaining are Fantastic Five, No Logic Gaming, PRIES and Arcade.PowerRangers as well as 7ckingMad’s stack with Kebab. Quarterfinals resume today at 16:00 CEST.
UPDATE (21:55 CEST): HellRaisers have been eliminated by UKDota and LemonDogs were defeated by Golden Boys
UPDATE (21:30 CEST): Big Red Machine knocked out mYi and TBE eliminated Goomba.
UPDATE (19:55 CEST): With over 630 teams registered for the EU Frankfurt Dota Majors Open Qualifiers #2, teams are currently in Round of 512 and 256. Teams will play until the quarterfinals (Round of 8) tonight before resuming tomorrow. The notable and expected teams have so far progressed to their next rounds.
UPDATE (19:50 CEST): SEA Frankfurt Dota Major Open Qualifiers #2 have ended for the day and will resume with quarter finals (Round of 8) tomorrow. Notable teams still in contention are First Departure and Underminers. Kingdom, XctN and iDeal have already been eliminated from the qualifiers.
UPDATE (19:30 CEST): With the news of Team Archon losing their direct regional invite due to last minute roster change, Boreal will replace them as the runner up to HCoWP in yesterday’s grand finals.
Boreal eSports has qualified for Major Closed Qualifiers as a runner up in #1 Open Qualifier. Two more spots left! – https://t.co/DQkBJHJRkt
— Milos Nedeljkovic (@Faceit_Mikey) October 8, 2015
Dota Major Open Qualifiers notable European contenders:
- Monkey Freedom Fighters (*)
- No Logic Gaming
- Ancient Warriors
- HEHE United
- Zero Respect
(*) Monkey Freedom Fighters have registered for the second round of the Open Qualifiers with a different lineup, consisting of SingSing, YapzOr, Neqroman, Nikobby, and paS. 7ckngmad has confirmed the change of plans on Twitter, stating that he “will be playing with friends”.
So I decided not to play the second open qualifier with MFF. I have less expectations as ill be playing with friends for that one
— 7ckngMad (@7ckngMadDOTA) October 8, 2015
Dota Major Open Qualifiers notable American contenders:
- ROOT Gaming
- Team Archon
- God Bless
Frankfurt Dota Major Open Qualifiers schedule
Day 1 – Thursday, 8th October:
- SEA – Check-in: 16:00 SGT, Start time: 18:00 SGT
- Europe – Check-in: 16:00 CEST, Start time: 18:00 CEST
- Americas – Check-in: 16:00 CDT, Start time: 18:00 CDT
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), Round of 16 (Bo1)
Day 2 – Friday, 9th October:
- SEA – Start time: 16:00 SGT
- Europe – Start time: 16:00 CEST
- Americas – Start time: 16:00 CDT
Rounds played: Round of 8 (Bo1), Semifinals (Bo3), Finals (Bo3)
Notable Frankfurt Dota Major Open Qualifiers Contenders
Some of the teams that registered to the Frankfurt Dota Major Open Qualifiers 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 Frankfurt Dota Major Open Qualifiers. Among them, there are some strong, dominant teams that are expected to create an atmosphere of fierce competition and intense eliminations in the brutal best-of-one brackets.
Most recently, the team seized the championship title in the ProDota Cup from Burden United. The victory gave Power Rangers their first championship title in one year’s time.
On August 26th, Danil “Bignum” Shehovtsov replaced Ivan “Gorec” Kartankov in the Arcade.PowerRangers lineup, as the final official team member for the roster lock time period.
However, the team continued to be plagued by roster changes, as Maxim “TpoH” Vernikov has officially been named as the replacement for Dmitry “Ditya Ra” Minenkov.
According to the team’s website the decision to leave was a mutual one, fueled by decrease in team morale and motivation.
The team receive invitations to numerous tournaments, such as The Gaming Resorts invitational, Game Show Global Cup, Alienware Summer’s End Cup, The Defense #5, and D2CL season #6. They were unable to qualify for ESL One New York 2015 and ASUS ROG DreamLeague Season 4.
Arcade.PowerRangers were recently joined by former Monkey Freedom Fighters player, Ionuț “Ar1sE” Turtoi.
Maxim “TpoH” Vernikov
Eugene “chshrct” Kostroma
Alexei “j4” Lipai
Danilo “Bignum” Shehovtsov
Ionuț “Ar1sE” Turtoi
Starting out as London Conspiracy, the squad has made quite some noise since their LAN tournament debut at StarLadder Season 12. They have since taken fourth place in the MLG Pro League, in Austin, Texas, where they defeated Evil Geniuses in a best-of-one tiebreaker to advance.
The team also surprised fans in the TI5 European qualifiers, where they tied with Vega for the second place in their group.
In August, the team parted ways with the London Conspiracy organization and renamed themselves Golden Boys, before losing Giorgos “SsaSpartan” Giannokopoulos.
Greg “Keyser Soze” Kallianiotis
Omar “Madara” Dabasas
Xaris “SkyLark” Zafiriou
Giannis “SKANKS224” Theodoridis
Verros “Maybe next time” Apostolos
No Logic Gaming
No Logic Gaming was originally formed during the post-TI5 shuffle by Giorgos “SsaSpartan” Giannakopoulos. formerly of London Conspiracy. The team registered for the Major, but has had several roster changes since then. The most recent roster change occurred last night, when ex-Arcade.PowerRangers Dmitriy “Ditya Ra” Minenkov and Steve “Excalibur” Ye were added to the lineup.
No Logic Gaming roster:
Dmiriy “Ditya Ra” Minenkov
Steve “Excalibur” Ye
Niclas “Niqua” Westergård
Milan “MiLAN” Kozomara
Giorgos “SsaSpartan” Giannakopoulos
In August, former Cloud 9 player Armand “bOne7” Pittner announced that he would breath new life into the Kaipi brand with a mix comprised of Asuna, Bufni, Beesa, and Kikoni.
Less than a month later, there was already a change in plans, when Alexandru “Comewithme” Crăciunescu was brought on after Kiril “Kikoni” Minkov left the team and registered as a KomandaMinus player for the upcoming Major, on September 4th. Antonio “canceL^^” Mihai will fill the mid role, while Comewithme will replace Salvador “Asuna” Khamis, as a support.
Alder “Beesa” Beano
Antonio “canceL^^” Mihai
Armand “bOne7” Pittner
Alexandru “Comewithme” Crăciunescu
Alexandru “Bufni” Palievici
HellRaisers is an esports organization with teams in both Counter-Strike: Global Offensive and Dota 2. In August, 2014, HellRaisers picked up the team “Relax, you’re doing fine”, which was originally founded in 2013 by Andrey “Dread” Golubev.
After most of the team departed between September and October, HellRaisers then picked up Kompas.Gaming’s lineup and replaced PSM with Dread.
Since then, the team has won a considerable number of tournaments, placing first and second in MSI Dragon Battles, JoinDOTA Masters, GIGABYTE, Battle of Central Europe, Yard Festival, Esportal and fourth at the Red Bull Battle Grounds, where they defeated Team Empire, Na’Vi and Virtus.Pro to qualify for their spot.
HellRaisers had a disappointing performance during the TI5 European Qualifiers, where they placed last in their group, with 3 draws, one loss, and a total of only 3 points.
In mid June, HellRaisers announced that they had parted ways with Ivan “gorec” Kartankov and Artyom “Artes” Gorobey, due to “internal conflicts”.
On September 4th, they announced that their new Dota 2 team would include Daniil “MeTTpuM” Gileev and Maksim “Shachlo” Abramovsky. The team has been participating in numerous qualifiers and tournaments since, making their way back towards the top of the CIS scene.
Andrey “Afoninje” Afonin
Dulat “goddam” Seidimomyn
Andrey “Dread” Golubev
Daniil “MeTTpuM” Gileev
Maksim “Shachlo” Abramovsky
4 Friends + Chrillee was founded when a group of friends decided to make the transition from HoN to Dota 2. The name started out as a joke when Chrillee was late for the meeting during which they were supposed to name the team. Christopher “Chrillee” Wåhlin has remained on the squad since the very beginning, through various versions of lineups.
4FC hit the spotlight for the first time at DreamHack Winter 2012, where they performed well against more established teams such as Evil Geniuses and No Tidehunter (The Alliance).
On April 13, 2015, the squad was picked up by Lemondogs – a well-known Swedish esports organization with rosters in LOL, COD, Shootmania, SC2, FIFA, and most notably CS:GO.
Since being signed, they managed to place 3rd-4th in the ESL ASUS Play It Cool tournament and second in the Serbian LAN Razer Think Fast Cup 2. It was before the Serbian LAN that Lemondogs parted ways with German player Mathis “Jabbz” Friesel and were seen playing with former 4FC player Carl-Philip “Strangby” Strängby as a stand-in.
On August 31st, Lemondogs announced their finalized lineup for the new season. Christopher “Chrillee” Wåhlin, Eskil “eskillz” Sundblad, Staffan “Steffstyle” Solin, and Tobias “eresloco” Everhorn were joined by their old teammate and friend, Jesper “Frigoleet” Göthe, who made his return to the competitive scene.
Tobias “eresloco” Everhorn
Staffan “Steffstyle” Solin
Eskil “eskillz” Sundblad
Christopher “Chrillee” Wåhlin
Jesper “Frigoleet” Göthe
Fire was founded three years ago, by FLUFFNSTUFF, Jeyo, Michael “ixmike88” Ghannam, Tyler “TC” Cook, and Tony “HANNAH_MONTANA” Talavera. In February 2012, the squad was picked up by compLexity Gaming and disbanded shortly after The International 2012. The team resurfaced for a brief period of time, in December 2014, only to disband again at the beginning of this year.
In the past, FLUFFNSTUFF stated that FIRE was his favorite team and it seems that he has decided to revive the team for the upcoming season. FIRE has been a strong presence already in the NA scene, competing in the regional tournaments and qualifiers and attempting to gain a foothold on the top rungs of the NA ladder.
FIRE swept through ROOT Gaming, 2:0, and bested Kurtis “Aui_2000” Ling’s team, Digital Chaos, 2:1, before advancing to the ESL One New York Americas qualifier finals, where they faced and eventually defeated compLexity Gaming.
Team Archon picked up FIRE on the eve of ESL One New York.
Team Archon roster:
David “Moo” Hull
Brian “FLUFFNSTUFF” Lee
Bryant “Whitebeard” Lehwald
Jio “Jeyo” Madayag
At the end of August, the new ROOT Gaming lineup was revealed to include European player Niklas “Wagamama” Högström among the other NA players in the squad. Since then, the team has undergone a recent roster change and has participated in limited tournaments and qualifiers in their short time together as a squad.
After replacing Eric “747” Dong with Jaron “monkeys-forever” Clinton, the team lost their invite to the Regional qualifiers and is now participating in the Open Qualifiers.
ROOT Gaming roster:
Niklas “Wagamama” Högström
Jaron “monkeys-forever” Clinton
Yixuan “xuan” Guo
Hugo “Froogoss” Araj
Erik “DurpDurp” Bamboo