Team Onyx emerged from the NA Kiev Major qualifiers in a shocking and unexpected run. After dropping to the lower brackets in the playoffs, they charged back to upset compLexity Gaming 2:1 in the grand finals. The NA based team will be heading to the Kiev Major to take place between April 27th – April 30th, joining Wings Gaming, Digital Chaos, Evil Geniuses, Newbee, OG, Team Liquid, Ad Finem, Team VG.J, Team Faceless, TnC Pro, iG.Vitality, Virtus.Pro and Team Secret.
— Wykrhm Reddy (@wykrhm) March 14, 2017
Team Onyx came out of left field in the NA Kiev Major qualifiers.
Completely blindsiding their competition, the team usurped Team NP 2:0 before rising to the grand finals to upset compLexity Gaming with a 2:1 victory.
The team was low on the radar, taking 3rd place in the group stage with a mediocre record of 4:2. Many fans, and most likely teams, did not see them as one of the two major competitors of the event.
Being underestimated and on the heels of the Abed Azel “Abed” Yusop and his meepo in teh deciding game – the team turned the region on its head.
Their win secured them a place among the best at the Kiev Major.
— Beyond the Summit (@BeyondTheSummit) March 14, 2017
Team Onyx NA Kiev Major qualifiers winners
At the start of the season, Jimmy “DeMoN” Ho announced his new team – Team Onyx. At that time the roster included only four official players – Kanishka ‘Sam’ “BuLba” Sosale, Kim “DuBu” Doo-young, Mason “mason” Venne.
Many fans hoped to see Abed join the ranks after his surprising announced departure from Execration – a hope that had come to fruition for them.
The breakout 15 year old gained a significant amount of fans and respect when he had the distinct honor to be the youngest person to compete at a Valve event during TI6. His meepo has been a standout hero, along with his phenomenal overall skills demonstrated through the year.
Since their inception, the team competed in the StarLadder i-League StarSeries Season 3 American Qualifier and Dota 2 Asia Championships 2017 Americas Qualifier with their only official tournament being Elimination Mode 3.0 where they placed 3-4th.
Team Onyx roster
Mason “mason” Venne
Kanishka ‘Sam’ “BuLba” Sosale
Kim “DuBu” Doo-young
Jimmy “DeMoN” Ho
Abed Azel “Abed” Yusop
The Kiev Major is scheduled to take place between April 27-30th at the National Palace of Arts, in Kiev, Ukraine. National Palace of Arts is one of the main theater venues in Kiev, Ukraine. It was opened in 1970 with a seating capacity of almost 4,000 in the main concert hall – approximately the same size as Wang Theater where the Boston Major was held this last fall.
In the past, StarLadder i-League StarSeries Season 2 hosted CS:GO at the event successfully.
The event will be hosted by PGL and will be the last Major ore-TI7.
Kiev Major dates
- The Kiev Major group stage will take place starting April TBA.
- The Kiev Major main event will take place between April 27-30th at the National Palace of Arts, in Kiev, Ukraine.