No Diggity defeated Power Rangers in the EPICENTER Moscow EU qualifier 3:1. With the victory, No Diggity was able to secure the last spot in the closed qualifiers and will be packing their bags for Russia. The second phase of the qualifiers is scheduled to take place in Moscow, on May 9th.
Such a long road starting even in the open qualifiers. Can't wait to play in Moscow! GG TEAM!
— Troels Nielsen (@syndereNDota) April 10, 2016
No Diggity was one of two teams left standing after the dust settled in the EPICENTER Moscow open qualifiers for CIS/EU region. DK Bears and No Diggity survived out of almost 900 teams that began their quest to gain one of the EPICENTER Moscow EU qualifier spots.
After sweeping through both Vega Squadron and Team Spirit, the SynderN and friends bested Power Rangers 2:1 in the upper bracket finals. Facing the Belarus based team once again in the Grand Finals, they were able to seal the deal for Moscow, defeating Power Rangers 3:1.
Power Rangers was one of six directly invited teams to participate in the EPICENTER Moscow EU qualifier. They first wiped out Polarity 2:0 and then defeated Danish Bears 2:1 before being sent to the lower brackets by No Diggity. They once again bested Danish Bears 2:1 in order to advance back into the upper brackets to the Grand Finals in hopes of revenge.
EPICENTER Moscow will take place between May 9th-15th at the Crocus City Hall, in Moscow. Six invited teams – Team Secret, Team Liquid, OG, Evil Geniuses, Virtus.Pro, and Alliance – and two qualified ones will compete for a total prize-pool of $500,000.
EPICENTER Moscow qualifiers
Southeast Asia was the first region to have completed the online qualifiers. Fnatic earned a spot to represent SEA in the offline qualifiers, in Moscow, after taking down the Korean team MVP.Phoenix, 3:0, in the regional qualifiers’ Grand Finals.
Days later compLexity once again surged forward with considerable strength to secure the Americas spot in the EPICENTER Moscow closed qualifiers after besting Shazam in the grand finals, 3:2.
Newbee’s new lineup proved to be in considerable form already during the EPICENTER Moscow Chinese qualifiers. The team was able to convincingly wipe through EHOME in the grand finals 3:0 on Tuesday, April 5th to secure a spot in the closed qualifiers.
The four qualified teams will then compete in an offline qualifier taking place in Moscow to be one of the two teams that will advance into the main event.
EPICENTER Moscow format
May 9th – Offline Qualifier
- Held at a prestigious hotel in Moscow.
- One team from each region will participate.
- Four teams will compete for the two spots available in the group stage.
May 10th-11th – Group Stage
- Eight teams will compete – six invited teams and two coming from the offline qualifiers.
- Top two teams from each group will advance into the Upper Brackets of the main event.
- Bottom two teams from each group will start the main event in the Lower Brackets.
- The group stages will be closed to the public and, just like the offline qualifier, they will be held at a prestigious hotel in Moscow.
May 12th-15th – Main Event
- All series will be best-of-three.
- The Grand Finals will be best-of-five, with not Upper Bracket advantage.
- The main event will take place at the Crocus City Hall, in Moscow. Tickets will go on sale in early April.
Crocus City Hall
Crocus City Hall is a multi-faceted venue, located in the 3rd pavilion of Crocus City in Moscow, Russia. It has a seating capacity of more than 7000. The arena is equipped with a state-of-the-art acoustic system.