Elements One has replaced Team Liquid in the WCA 2016 EU qualifiers, only two days before their first match in the event. According to organizers, Team Liquid did not have a finalized roster to compete with. Six invited teams – Alliance, Team Empire, Fantastic Five, Vega Squadron, Escape Gaming and Elements One and two qualified teams – Ad Finem and Kaipi will battle it out for a piece of the qualifiers prize pool and one of two slots for the WCA 2016 LAN. The two winners will travel to Yinchuan, China, in December to compete for the $760,000 prize pool.
Elements One has announced that they have replaced Team Liquid in the WCA 2016 EU main qualifiers
Roster not being ready yet according to organizers
The last minute change comes as teams are still preparing and adjusting their new rosters for the Fall Major. Organizers have indicated that Team Liquid did not have a finalized roster for the qualifiers – indicating that the European team is undergoing roster changes as speculated.
Elements One is the Balkan Based ex-mYi roster consisting of Nikola “LeBronDota” Popovic, Milan “MiLAN” Kozomara, Damir “Mitch” Škaričić, Gordan “g0g1” Prosic and Uroš “Swiftending” Galić. The team has had a strong presence in the European minor and qualifier scene over the last few months.
The team will play their first match today at 20:30 vs Kaipi.
WCA 2016 EU qualifiers
- Set to begin August 23rd
- Six invited teams – Alliance, Vega Squadron, Team Empire, Elements One, Escape Gaming, Fantastic Five,
- Two qualified teams – Ad Finem, Kaipi
- Two teams advance to the WCA 2016 in China
WCA 2016 EU qualifiers format
- Eight teams
- Double elimination bracket
- All games best-of-three
- Lower Bracket Round 3, Lower Bracket finals and Grand Finals are best-of-five
- Two teams qualify to go to LAN finals in China
WCA 2016 EU qualifiers prize pool
- First Place – $27,140
- Second Place – $13,570
- Third place -$6,785
- The fourth – eighth place – $1,357
WCA 2016 ticket
The WCA 2016 in-game ticket has appeared in the Dota 2 store.
The $2.99 ticket will be valid only for each season. It is expected that each subsequent season will have its own new ticket to be purchased.