Alliance, Secret and NiP come out on top in Kuala Major EU quals

Dota 2 Cristy “Pandoradota2” Ramadani

Photo courtesy of Alliance

Alliance, Team Secret and NiP have all earned their place at The Kuala Major main event in November. 

Three of the four teams that were invited to compete in the EU closed qualifiers for The Kuala Major have come out ahead, although not necessarily the three teams that fans might have expected. 

Alliance was the first team to secure a spot in the first Major after outdrafting and outplaying NiP 2:0 in the upper brackets Round 1. NiP, who had gone undefeated through the group stage were then dropped to the lower brackets where they had a longer but not necessarily harder road to take. Once again, NiP barreled through their opponents undefeated to claim their spot. 

Team Secret had meanwhile overpowered Team Liquid 2:0, dropping the TI7 championship team to the lower brackets. It was there, they would meet an unexpected fate as they were eliminated by Team Lithium 2:1. 

There still need to be one last day of competition for the three EU teams for seeding purposes, but regardless of the outcome, all three teams will head to Kuala Lumpur Malaysia to compete for the lion's share of $1,000,000 and 15,000 DPC points - the first of the season. 

Alliance Roster:
Sweden Michael  'miCKe' Nguyen
Germany Max 'qojqva' Bröcker
Sweden Samuel 'Boxi' Svahn
Norway Tommy 'Taiga' Le
Sweden Aydin 'iNsania' Sarkohi

Team Secret Roster:
Poland Michał 'Nisha' Jankowski
Malaysia Yeik Nai 'MidOne' Zheng
Sweden Ludwig 'Zai' Wahlberg
Jordan Yazied 'YapzOr' Jaradat
Estonia Clement 'Puppey' Ivanov

NiP Roster:
Denmark Marcus "Ace" Hoelgaard
Germany Adrian "Fata" Trinks
Israel Neta '33' Shapira
Macedonia Martin "Saksa" Sazdov
United States Peter 'PPD' Dager

Upper Bracket

Lower Bracket


The Kuala Lumpur Major details:

  • Qualifier
    • 15 teams qualify through regional qualifiers: three teams each from Europe, China, and North America and two teams each from CIS, Southeast Asia, and South America
    • One team qualifies as the champion of the preceding Minor
    • Open Qualifiers start September 10th in each region
    • Closed Qualifiers take place from September 16 to 21st
  • Group Stage
    • November 9 and 10th
  • Playoffs
    • November 11-18th
    • The final three days will be held in front of a live audience at the Axiata Arena.



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Cristy “Pandoradota2” Ramadani
Pandora is a behind the scenes Dota 2 professional Jack of All Trades. When not busy with Dota 2 work, she is out trying to save the world or baking cupcakes. Follow her on Twitter @pandoradota2


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