Posted 8th February 2019 By: Derpina
Esports News – Team Liquid joins the Dream League Season 11 Stockholm Major as the third and final team for the European region. They will compete with Ninjas in Pyjamas and Team Secret, along with the representatives of the CIS, China, Southeast Asia, North America, and South America regions.
Team Liquid, despite their secured position, failed to qualify in the first round of EU teams. They were, however, the dominant group who secured the top seed before Team Secret sent them to the lower bracket with a 2-0 straight victory. This is a surprising turn of events as many were expecting The International 7 champions to smoothly pave their way through the elimination rounds to claim a place at the main tournament.
In the initial lower bracket rounds, Team Liquid seemed to be more coordinated than the rest. They walked past Team Kaban with a 2-0 victory and held on to their momentum to dominate against Vega Squadron with another 2-0 sweep. It’s worth noting that Vega Squadron defeated OG Esports, the TI8 champions, in the early rounds.
Meanwhile, Ninjas in Pyjamas and Team Secret also faced a handful of challenges before securing their spots. NiP faced OG in the upper bracket. But once again, OG failed to make an impact in this year’s DPC season, and let NiP come out ahead to win the series 2-0.
As compared to the upsets NiP executed, the results for Team Secret weren’t too surprising since the team is recognized as one of the strongest contenders this year’s DPC tournaments. Team Secret won the Chongqing Major and with the same momentum and strategy, they’ve beaten Team Liquid to secure an early spot.
The Stockholm Major is the third Major DPC tournament of the season. It is expected to run from March 14 to 24. A total of 15 Dota 2 teams from different regions and one qualifying team from the Starladder ImbaTV Minor will compete for the lion’s share of the $1,000,000 prize pool and 15,000 DPC points for The International 9. Following the tournament’s qualifiers, the last few days of the Major are set to conclude at Annexet, Stockholm.
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