The first day of round two of the Shanghai Major Open Qualifiers has come to an end. Thirty-two teams are left to compete for a spot in the four Regional Qualifiers – China, Europe, Americas and SouthEast Asia. Out of the remaining teams, Burden United, STARK, London Conspiracy, Danish Bears, E-Lab, ATN, Kaipi, Rave, iDeal, Underminer, RRQ, Vegetable Esports, T-Show, Luccini and GodBless are still in contention. Theremaining teams will continue battling for the regional spot starting at 13:00 Local time, today, January 6th.
The second round of the Shanghai Major Open Qualifiers has left 32 teams with hopes to continue their journey to China. More than 2500 teams have already faced disappointment and heartache after being eliminated already.
The winners of the Shanghai Major Open Qualifiers will advance to the Regional Qualifiers, which will take place between January 7-10.
Shanghai Major Open Qualifiers progress
Shanghai Major SEA Open Qualifiers
Several of the SEA regional teams had last minute adjustments to make in their rosters. It was revealed in the day leading up to the second round of Shanghai Major Open Qualifiers that Valve had issued a ban on various based on matchfixing scandals in 2014. The effected teams were given the opportunity to replace their players.
Really sucks for a team to find out the day before Major regional qualifiers begins they have to replace a player…
— David GoDz Parker (@BTSGoDz) January 5, 2016
Most of the expected teams in the SEA region had advanced forward after the first day of competing. Rave, iDeal, Underminer, RRQ will all be playing in the first best-of-one series today in Round of 32.
Kingdom was eliminated in the last round of the day yesterday, Round of 64 by Joker. MVP.Hot6ix were also eliminated in the last moments and will no be progressing.
Shanghai Major EU Open Qualifiers
The Shanghai Major EU Open Qualifiers continued to be stacked with the largest amount of participating teams being hosted on the FaceIT platform. Most of the teams that failed to grab the coveted regional spot were back in action yesterday, fueled by new motivation and driven by a last chance for glory.
Kaipi, ATN, E-Lab, No Logic Gaming, Danish Bears, London Conspiracy, Cookiss, Power Ranger, PRIES, ProDota, Recovery Position, STARK and Burden United were the teams that were expected to advance that are still in contention.
Steak Gaming made a surprise early exit from the qualifiers in Round of 256 when they fell to Samurai Champloo (featuring Garter, Attacker, Amoment, Fuho and Kenneth). Samurai Champloo then continued to advance, taking out Ad Finem (SSaSpartan and Madara’s all Greek Squad) in Round of 64. Samurai Champloo will be starting off the day against STARK in Round of 32. The newly established team also advanced to Round of 32 in the first set of Shanghai Major EU Open Qualifiers before being eliminated by Revival.
Today’s matches are all set up to be an intense journey as the teams will clash to survive the first three best-of-one rounds.
Kaipi will be looking to take the victory that was denied they by MamasBoys in the first round of Qualifiers. Kaipi fell to MamasBoys 1:2 in the grand finals.
Shanghai Major Americas Open Qualifiers
Vegetable Esports will continue on their journey for the Shanghai Major Americas regional spot they are seeking. T-Show, Elite Wolves, Godbless and Luccini will compete for the last chance to attend the Shanghai Major Americas regional qualifiers.
Elite Wolves were defeated by Team Freedom 2:0 in the grand finals during the first round.
Shanghai Major Open Qualifiers streams
A couple of channels and casters will be covering selections of games from the European, American and Southeast Asian Shanghai Major Open Qualifiers. The following spreadsheet will be updated throughout the four days of Open Qualifiers.
- BeyondTheSummit’s stream
- MoonduckTV’s stream
- ODPixel’s stream
- Xyclopzz’s stream
- MusicBlade’s stream
- CygnusCasting’s stream
- MithosDota’s stream
- PerilousGaming’s stream
- Turbo’s stream
- DragonDrop’s stream (on HitBox)
Shanghai Major Open Qualifiers notable registered teams
Shanghai Major Open Qualifiers notable European contenders:
- Burden United
- Big Red Machine
- Siberian Valenki Black
- Ad Finem
- London Conspiracy
- DK Bears
- No Logic Gaming
- Arcade.Power Rangers
- Spin 2 Win
- Team Clique (MantisQ, StalCat, watafaka)
- Steak Gaming
- Team 20cm (Neqroman, klasynky)
- Recovery Position
Shanghai Major Open Qualifiers notable American contenders:
- Vegetable Esports (Merlini, Capatlist, Maelk)
- FLD (Demon’s team)
- T Show
- God Bless
Shanghai Major Open Qualifiers notable SEA contenders:
Shanghai Major Open Qualifiers
Much like for the Frankfurt Major, there will be two opportunities for teams to compete in the Shanghai Major Open Qualifiers. Two rounds of Open Qualifiers will be hosted – the first will take place between January 3-4, while the second is set for January 5-6. Teams are able to register and participate in both sets of events.
Shanghai Major EU Open Qualifiers schedule
2nd round of the Shanghai Major Open Qualifiers
Day 2 – January 6th:
Start time: 13:00 SGT
Start time: 13:00 CEST
Start time: 13:00 CDT
Rounds played: Round of 32 (Bo1), Round of 16 (Bo1), Round of 8 (Bo1), Semifinals (Bo3), Finals (Bo3)
Notable Shanghai Major Open Qualifiers contenders
Some of the teams that registered to the Shanghai 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 Shanghai Major Open Qualifiers. Among them, there are some quite strong teams that are expected to create an atmosphere of fierce competition in the brutal best-of-one brackets.
Photo Credits: Andrew Bell
STARK is formerly known as 4 Anchors and Sea Captain, a Finnish team formed in September 2014, consisting of Kalle “Trixi” Saarinen (formerly of Fnatic), Lasse “MATUMBAMAN” Urpalainen, Riku “Buugi” Fält, Mikko “Vaalix” Ristimäki and Jesse “JerAx” Vainikka (formerly of QPad). JerAx left in January 2015 to Team Tinker, before he switched to SEA team MVP.Hot6ix and moved to Korea.
At the end of August, Lasse “MATUMBAMAN” Urpalainen left the team for 5Jungz (Team Liquid) and was replaced by Niklas “okcya” Koskinen. STARK picked up the Finnish team at the end of September.
Most recently, the team took second place in the ProDota EU cup, after being swept by Team Spirit.
Niklas “okcya” Koskinen
Sampsa “nemphy” Kutvonen
Kalle “Trixi” Saarinen
Mikko “Vaalix” Ristimäki
Riku “Buugi” Fält
At the end of October, the organization London Conspiracy announced a new roster featuring the Danish and Swedish mix of players put together by Jellopy. The team participated in the DreamLeague Season 4 qualifiers and the Frankfurt Major European Open Qualifiers. They most recently placed 7th in the PGL Dota 2 Pro-AM tournament.
London Conspiracy roster:
Jon “BabyKnight” Andersen
Sebastian “solen” Kjær
Linus “Kefka” Bleckert
Malthe “Biver” Winther
Richard “Jellopy” Hill
COOKISS is a team put together by Eskillz and Steffstyle in December, especially for the Shanghai Major Open Qualifiers. These two founding members were part of the Swedish team LemonDogs.
The two players left LemonDogs in early December, when the team disbanded.
Two other know Swedish players were added to the lineup, alongside German player “KheZu”, a former member of the StayGreen HoN team.
Kevin “Ash” Zetterlind
Staffan “Steffstyle” Solin
Eskil “eskillz” Sundblad
Axel “Pablo” Källman
Maurice “KheZu” Gutmann
Kaipi made their debut during D2CL Season 6. The team had quietly competed in various online tournaments and had been flying under the radar. After some time, Alexandru “Comewithme” Crăciunescu and Alder “Beesa” Beano parted ways with the team.
Kaipi have now officially registered for the Shanghai Major with Sébastien “7ckingMad” Debs and Romanian player Andrei “Keyano” Grigorie as part of the team.
Armand “bOne7” Pittner
Antonio “canceL^^” Mihai
Alexandru “Bufni” Palievici
Andrei “Keyano” Grigorie
Sébastien “7ckingMad” Debs
On October 28th the organization had announced they were returning to the scene after the Frankfurt Major. Rave-Dota has been on a hiatus since late June 2015 and was scouting for regional talent.
As part of their dedication to developing and growing local talent, Rave-Dota encouraged young players to apply for the available slots within the team.
The new squad consists of players in the area that have had no former or minimal prior professional team enrollment. The fresh talent will be expected to participate in regional tournaments and qualifiers and represent the Philippines positively.
Rave-Dota 2 roster
John Rober “Shiro~” Galman
Frederick “fred!” Velasco Fernandez
Jobert “DaReMo” Rodel De Villa
Kenneth “flysolo” Santos Coloma
Rafael “Rapy~” Sicat Palo