The first teams have made it to the Frankfurt Dota Major Regional Qualifiers, scheduled to start this weekend. Team Empire, High Council of Wizards and Priests and 4Hate have secured their places in the Regional Qualifiers for a chance to compete among their invited peers for the opportunity to participate in the first Dota Major, in November. The Frankfurt Major will be held between November 16-21, featuring a $3,000,000 fixed amount prize-pool.
According to Valve, the Frankfurt Dota Major will feature eight directly invited teams and eight teams coming from the Regional Qualifiers.
A total of 40 teams will be competing in the Regional Qualifiers.
Yesterday, three teams earned the chance to compete in the Frankfurt Dota Major Regional Qualifiers with the hopes to continue to advance to the main event, set to take place between November 16-21, in Frankfurt, Germany.
- HCoWP swept through Canadian team Boreal, 2:0, to claim the 9th spot in the Frankfurt Dota Major Regional Qualifiers. The team will join the ranks of invited teams Cloud 9, compLexity Gaming, Digital Chaos, Pain Gaming, Sector V, Team Imagine, and Void Boys.
- Team Empire recovered from a one-game deficit and bested sQreen and Sedoy’s squad, Big Red Machine, 2:1, to claim the 9th spot in the Frankfurt Dota Major Regional Qualifiers. The team will join the ranks of invited teams 4 Clovers & Lepricon, 5Jungz, Alliance, CIS Rejects, (monkey) Business, Natus Vincere, Ninjas in Pyjamas, and Stark Esports (formerly known as 4 Anchors and Sea Captain).
- 4Hate (SG) bested Execration (PH) and have become the first team to qualify for the Frankfurt Dota Major Regional Qualifiers. The team will join the ranks of invited teams Fnatic, MVP.Phoenix, MVP.Hot6, TNC Gaming, Gigabyte.Mineski, Rex Regum Qeon, Signature.Trust, and Team Satuduatiga.
Team Empire announced a part of their roster changes for the new season at the end of August. The Russian organization parted ways with Maxim “yoky” Kim and Andrey “ALWAYSWANNAFLY” Bondarenko and welcomed Ivan “ubah” Kapustin and Andrey “The_apathy” Aleshkov.
Team Empire were the first to find themselves in a precarious position. When one of their new members, Andrew “The_apathy” Aleshkov, was recruited before the September 5th roster lock deadline, he was unable to register with Empire since he had already accepted his invite to represent team aSpera for the Frankfurt Dota Major. His commitment to aSpera resulted in a locked position, making him unable to be kicked or leave on his own.
With several days left in the transfer window, both Empire and aSpera approached Valve for help to rectify the incident. Valve’s response remained hard lined, reminding the teams of the rules and criteria in the new Majors system.
Already having lost the ability to participate with their chosen lineup in the Regional Qualifiers and being faced with the decision to play with their designated substitute or register for the Frankfurt Dota Major Open Qualifiers, the Team Empire chose the latter option. Once they were already in the unfortunate situation of having to take the long road in hopes to play in the Frankfurt Major, they used the time to their advantage to try various players in order to find the perfect mix. They eventually welcomed Maxim “yoky” Kim back and added Alexander “NoFear” Churochkin as the captain.
Team Empire roster:
Airat “Silent” Gaziev
Roman “Resolut1on” Fominok
Maxim “yoky” Kim
Ilya “ALOHADANCE” Korobkin
Alexander “NoFear” Churochkin
High Council of Wizards and Priests
High Council of Wizards and Priests was created in the post-TI5 shuffle by Jimmy “DeMoN” Ho. On August 30th, the team’s roster was revealed in anticipation for the Frankfurt Dota Major roster lock. Since then, there have been roster changes and the team is beginning their journey in the NA scene, with notable NA players.
High Council of Wizards and Priests roster:
Jimmy “DeMoN” Ho
Mason “mason” Venne
Ioannis “Fogged” Loucas
Scott “chad” Jensen
Justin “justin” Rosselle
4Hate is a team from Singapore comprised of Wong “NutZ” Jeng Yih (formerly of MVP.Phoenix) and other notable players from the region, coming from teams such as First Departure and Singaporean Rejects. Nutz left MVP.Phoenix to return to Singapore after TI5, where the Korean team took a commendable seventh place.
Wong “NutZ” Jeng Yih
Joel “Chibix” Chan Jian Yong
Wilson “Poloson” Koh Chin Wei
Nicholas “xFreedom” Kelvin Ileto Lim
Frankfurt Dota Major
The Frankfurt Dota Major will take place at the Festhalle Messe, from November 16th through the 21st. Sixteen teams will compete over six days in a double elimination tournament, using the same format as The International 5 main event.
Frankfurt Dota Major Regional Qualifiers
40 teams will participate in the Regional Qualifiers – 32 invited ones and 8 Open Qualifiers winners:
Each of the four regional qualifiers (Americas, China, Europe, Southeast Asia) will feature eight invited teams. In addition, Open Qualifiers will be held for all regions. The winners from the four Open Qualifiers will earn the 9th and 10th spot of each of the four Regional Qualifiers.
Each region consists of two round robin groups of five teams. The top two teams from each group will advance to a double elimination bracket.
The winner and runner-up of each region will be invited to the Frankfurt Dota Major.
Teams invited for The Frankfurt Dota Major Europe Qualifier (October 10-13):
- 4 CLOVERS & LEPRICON
- CIS REJECTS
- (MONKEY) BUSINESS
- NATUS VINCERE
- NINJAS IN PYJAMAS
- STARK ESPORTS
Teams invited for The Frankfurt Dota Major China Qualifier (October 10-13):
- FTD CLUB
- INVICTUS GAMING
- WINGS GAMING
- TEAM FANTUAN
Teams invited for The Frankfurt Dota Major Americas Qualifier (October 10-13):
- COMPLEXITY GAMING
- DIGITAL CHAOS
- PAIN GAMING
- SECTOR V
- TEAM IMAGINE
- VOID BOYS
Teams invited for The Frankfurt Dota Major SEA Qualifier (October 10-13):
- REX REGUM QEON
- TEAM SATUDUATIGA
- TNC GAMING