Team Freedom has come out on top as the first round of the Shanghai Major Americas Open Qualifiers has concluded. Team Freedom, headed by Michael “ixmike88” Ghannam grabbed the first Shanghai Major Americas Qualifiers spot available, with a 2:0 sweep over Peruvian team Elite Wolves.
The second round of the Americas Open Qualifiers will still give the other 560 teams a second chance January 5 and 6th for the last spot.
— FACEIT (@FACEIT) January 5, 2016
The first ones to seize a spot in the Shanghai Major Americas Qualifiers, Team Freedom, are formerly known as Team Mischeif, which was formed in the post TI5 shuffle.
Team Freedom will go up against Leviathan, Digital Chaos, Archon, Void Boys, compLexity, Shazam~, Power of Friendhip, Not Today, and one other team still to be determined, in the Shanghai Major Americas Regional Qualifiers, scheduled to take place between January 7-10.
Team Freedom was formerly known as Team Mischief. They are a North American Dota team sponsored by esports.US, starting with December 21st.
While the lineup itself was put together during the post-TI5 shuffle, two of the original members – Justin “justin” Rosselle and Chris “USH” Usher – have parted ways with the team.
Team Freedom roster:
Francis “FranGay” Lee
Lee “SunBhie” Jeong-jae
Michael “ixmike88” Ghannam
Andrew “Jubei” Evelynn
Jason “Fun” Teodosio
Shanghai Major Open Qualifiers
Much like for the Frankfurt Major, there will be a second opportunity for teams to compete in the Open Qualifiers. The second round is scheduled for January 5-6. The contenders that have failed to clinch the spot in the first round of the Shanghai Major Open Qualifiers can try their luck once again and register for the second and final round.
Shanghai Major Open Qualifiers #2 schedule
Day 1 – January 5th:
*Teams that didn’t sign up on time will be able to sign up 30 minutes before the tournament starts if there are available slots left.
Day 2 – January 6th:
- Start time: 13:00 CDT
- Rounds played: Round of 32 (Bo1), Round of 16 (Bo1), Round of 8 (Bo1), Semifinals (Bo3), Finals (Bo3)
The Shanghai Major will be held between March 2-6, at the Mercedes-Benz Arena, in Shanghai, China, with a set prize-pool of $3,000,000. Sixteen teams will compete at the main event hosted by Perfect World and Valve.