OG - the only European team to receive a direct invite to the Boston Major
Only eight teams have been selected by Valve for a precious direct invite to the Boston Major. The chosen eight plus the invites for the regional qualifiers will be announced over the next hour.
Wings Gaming opens the direct invites list
Wings Gaming’s direct invite to the Boston Major comes as no surprise. The International 6 Champions are one of the few teams that undoubtedly deserve their spot in the 2016 Fall Major. The five youngsters from Wings stuck together through the post TI6 shuffle, making them one of the few teams in post-TI shuffle history to do so.
Digital Chaos are going to Boston
The International 6 runners up, Digital Chaos, are the second team to receive a direct invite to the Boston Major. With only one player replaced during the 2016 Fall Shuffle, DC have yet to play an official game as they received a direct invited to most upcoming events. While two of their members will look to finally grab a Valve event title, Misery, w33, and MoonMeander will be looking to add one more to their collection.
Revamped Evil Geniuses is the third team to receive a diret invite
Being one of the three teams who grabbed a LAN event trophy after The International 6, Evil Geniuses receives a direct invite to the Boston Major. Third place finishers at The International 6, EG underwent serious roster changes and still managed to secure the Mars Dota 2 League Autumn Championship title at the beginning of this month.
China gets three invites to the Boston Major
Newbee and EHOME have both been announced as directly invited teams. With their new line-ups, Newbee placed second at the MDL Dota2 League Autumn and Nanyang Cruise Cup, while EHOME claimed the Chinese qualifiers spot for The Summit 6.
The first SEA direct invite goes to Execration
The Filipino Meepo master Abed 'Abed' Yusop will attend his first Valve main event as Execration received a direct invite to the Boston Major. Despite Execration’s failed attempt to advance into the TI6 main event via Wildcards, the Filipino team is one of the three squads to actually grab a LAN trophy after the biggest event of the year concluded. Winners of the MPGL Southeast Asian Championship, Execration faced both Fnatic and MVP Phoenix at the aforementioned event and defeated them.
Two times Major Champions OG receive the penultimate direct invite
Not achieving a good run at The International 6, and losing Miracle in the 2016 Fall Shuffle, OG still placed third at the MDL Dota2 League Autumn and are the only European squad to receive a direct invite to the Boston Major.
MVP Phoenix is the last team to receive a Boston Major direct invite
The last direct invite to the Boston Major comes as a bit of a surprise. MVP Phoenix gets to travel to Boston through a direct invite, leaving the fourth place finishers at TI6, Fnatic, to fight their way to the main event via regional qualifiers. After losing two key members in the post TI6 shuffle, the Korean overlords placed second at the MPGL Southeast Asian Championship last month. With Fnatic finishing on the fourth position at the same event, Valve’s choice could be attributed to this reason.
Regional qualifiers invites:
|paiN Gaming||Team Secret|
|Wild Witch Doctors||Virtus.Pro|
|CHINA||SOUTH EAST ASIA|
|LGD Forever Young||The Mongoloz|
|Vici Gaming J||Rex Regum Qeon|
|FTD club A|