The Kiev Major EU Open Qualifiers teams are getting ready to go head to head in the brutal best-of-one series. The first of the Kiev Major EU Open Qualifiers kicks off shortly, at 17:00 CET, with over 500 registered teams – the most teams registered in a region thus far. There will be two separate opportunities for teams to contend for one of the two spots available in the Regional Qualifiers.
With the Kiev 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. Kiev Major Open Qualifiers teams will compete to advance into the Regional Qualifiers.
Valve has partnered up with FaceIT to host the Kiev Major EU Open Qualifiers. All the information on notable contenders, schedule and streams is wrapped up below.
For the purpose of these qualifiers, regions have been locked – requiring teams to have 3/5 of their players from the selected region or to be physically present in said region. For EU the region is defined as: Albania, Andorra, Austria, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Jordan, Kosovo, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Malta, Monaco, Montenegro, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, San Marino, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Syria, Turkey, United Kingdom (UK), and Vatican City (Holy See).
The Kiev Major EU Open Qualifiers teams that win will advance to the Regional Qualifiers, which will take place between March 10-13th.
The Kiev Major will be held between April 27-30th, at National Palace of Arts in Kiev, Ukraine, with a set prize-pool of $3,000,000. Sixteen teams will compete in the main event hosted by PGL and Valve.
Kiev Major EU Open Qualifiers streams
A couple of channels and casters will be covering selections of games from the Kiev Major SEA Open Qualifiers. With many favorite and notable teams participating, there are plenty of casters to cover most of the action.
- Beyond the Summit’s stream, stream 2, Stream 3, Stream 4
- IDS Studio stream
- PythianLegume stream
- Dota2 RuHub stream, stream 2, stream 3
Kiev Major EU Open Qualifiers teams – notable contenders
Some of the Kiev 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 Kiev Major Open Qualifiers.
Last season Prodota Gaming had opted to compete in the Americas, qualifiers, claiming the first spot in the Boston Major NA regional qualifiers. Since the finalization of their latest roster, the team has stepped up their game and focus. Micke “miCKe” Nguyen’s long history and well established synergy with ex-HoN peer and former Dota 2 teammate Aydin “iNsania” Sarkohi has added an extra piece of closure on tightening up team dynamics. The organization also welcomed back Alexandru “ComeWithMe” Crăciunescu – previously a member of the team last season, alongside captain and carry player Ylli “garter” Ramadani. Garter had also played with the Romanian a few years ago, while standing in for one of the early iterations of Kaipi.
Horde most recently won the last iteration of PDCup and has been a force to be reckoned with in the European scene. Led by Joakim “Akke” Akterhall the mostly Swedish roster was forced into the open qualifiers after swapping out Eskil “Eskillz” Sundblad for Neta “33” Shapira of Israel. The team is expected to do well in the qualifiers based on their recent record and potential.
NLG had been reinstated by Milan “MiLAN” Kozomara in early February and consists of Niclas “Niqua” Westergård, Alexei “j4” Lipai and Greg “Keyser” Kallianiotis. They have been in top end of the placements for various minor tournaments in the region and tend to give both Prodota Gaming and Horde a run for their money.
BeanBoys registered as a stack consistening of WehSing “SingSing” Yuen, Alaan “SexyBamboe” Faraj, Mihai “canceL^^” Antonio, Riku “Buugi” Fält and Melchior “Seleri” Hillenkamp. The team has much potential with such notable names and experience but will be the first officials they have played together.
- Prodota Gaming
- Going In
- Sanguine Sharks
Kiev Major EU Open Qualifiers schedule
Much like for the previous Majors, there will be two opportunities for teams to compete in the Kiev Major EU Open Qualifiers. Two rounds of Open Qualifiers will be hosted – the first one will take place between March 6-7th, while the second one is set for March 8-9th. 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 Kiev Major Open Qualifiers.
Kiev Major Open Qualifiers Day 1 – March 6th
Check-in: 15:00 CET
Start time: 17:00 CET
Kiev 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).
Kiev Major EU Open Qualifiers #1, Day 2 – March 7th
Start time: 16:00 SGT
Rounds played: Round of 16 (BO1), Round of 8 (BO1), Semi-Finals (BO3), Finals (BO3).