Prodota Gaming advance in the European regional qualifiers for Kiev Major
Over one thousand teams registered in the European open qualifiers of the Kiev Major, all of them chasing the sole spot available into the regionals.
Prodota Gaming is fighting for a Major main event spot via open qualifiers for the second time in a row. A roster change, made a week ago, knocked them into the open qualifiers, but Garter’s boys have made it again, this time proving that they can dominate a bracket with over one thousand teams in it. Last year, at the Boston Major, Prodota Gaming were the first to test the waters in other regional brackets, and after the NA open qualifiers got flooded with European and CIS squads, who eventually won both NA open qualifiers sessions, Valve decided this year to make the competitions region locked.
The Kiev Major is the first Valve event to feature separate competitions for CIS and Europe, which proved to be the right decision given the huge number of teams signing up in both regions. A couple of big names took the challenge and signed up with squads formed for these open qualifiers, WehSing 'SingSing' Yuen being one of them. Despite his retirement announcement after the Boston Major, SingSing joined the EU open qualifiers brawl with BeanBoys, a stack formed with his pubs buddies Riku 'Buugi' Fält, Alaan 'SexyBamboe' Faraj, and the recently departed from CompLexity Gaming, Mihai 'canceL^^' Antonio.
The BeanBoys had their fair share of drama through the first open qualifiers bracket. At some point they encountered a stack of Russians lead by Vladimir 'PGG' Anosov who mistakenly registered in the wrong region but kept insisting SingSing’s stack is the one playing in the wrong bracket and even asked an admin to check The BeanBoys. After checking both teams, the admin disqualified PGG’s stack, moment when the Russian commentator made a post on twitter implying that SingSing disqualified him from the Kiev Major open qualifiers.The hilarious dispute between PGG, the admins and SingSing made it to the Dota2 subreddit front page, and you can find the full story here.
Nonetheless, the BeanBoys climbed up to top sixteen in the European bracket. Joakim 'Akke' Akterhall’s team Horde did a bit better, but not good enough. They reached the quarterfinals where they got knocked out by Slice N' Dice.
While Horde will have to try again starting today in the second open qualifiers session, ProDota Gaming can start prepping for the regional qualifiers as they are the first to join the EU regionals invited teams. The Kiev Major regional qualifiers will commence Friday, March 10 with ten teams battling for the one qualifying spot in the Kiev Major main event. The regional qualifiers will start with a best-of-one round robin group stage, from which only the top four will advance into a double elimination playoff bracket.
Kiev Major European regional qualifiers team lineup:
Elements Pro Gaming (invited)
Team Secret (invited)
Ninjas in Pyjamas (invited)
ALTERNATE aTTaX (invited)
Cloud 9 (invited)
IKEA (champions qualifiers winners)
Prodota Gaming ( open qualifiers #1 winners)
TBD ( open qualifiers #2 winners)
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