J.Storm, Forward Gaming and Evil Geniuses round out Chongqing Major participants

Dota 2 Geoffrey “SophoS” Magdziasz

The three teams to qualify for the Chongqing Major were entirely expected, but those who did not follow the NA qualifiers missed an unexpected twist.

J.Storm, Forward Gaming, and Evil Geniuses will all return for their second major of the DPC season following their recent attendance at the inaugural Kuala Lumpur Major. What may shock you is who grabbed away the first overall seed.

J.Storm began the playoffs against Evil Geniuses and blitzed them in two consecutive games with a Chen strategy. The next victim was Forward Gaming who obviously took notice of the previous series and banned Chen from the pool of heroes. Forward Gaming elected to draft Phantom Assassin in games two and three only to be countered by a snap pick Terrorblade in both games. Thus, it was J.Storm who took over the reins at the conclusion of the playoff round.

J.Storm roster:
United States David 'Moo' Hull
Canada Jonathan 'Bryle' De Guia
South Korea Lee 'FoREv' Sang-don
Bosnia and Herzegovina Milan 'MiLAN' Kozomara
South Korea Park 'March' Tae-won

Forward Gaming Roster:
United States Yawar 'YawaR' Hassan
Ukraine Roman 'Resolut1on' Fominok
United States Saahil 'UNiVeRsE' Arora
United States Arif 'MSS' Anwar
United States Avery 'SVG' Silverman

At this point, both J.Storm and Forward Gaming had clinched a position at the major. Evil Geniuses’ fate was yet to be determined. Encountered with a must-win series against Plus Ultra, Evil Geniuses stepped up in a major way… pun intended. Plus Ultra was run over in two games spanning across 46 minutes of play. Evil Geniuses escaped a doomsday scenario to qualify for Chongqing Major. It is worth mentioning that the boys in blue were then swept by Forward Gaming in a final series for seeding purposes.

Evil Geniuses Roster:
Canada Artour 'Arteezy' Babaev
United States Sumail 'SumaiL' Hassan
Sweden Gustav 's4' Magnusson
Denmark Andreas 'Cr1t-' Nielsen
Sweden Tal 'Fly' Aizik

StarLadder and ImbaTV will be hosting the second Major of the DPC 2018-2019 season in Chongqing, China. The Chongqing Major will be held from the 19th to the 27th of January 2019 with sixteen of the world's best teams competing for the largest slice of the $1,000,000 and 15,000 DPC points.


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Geoffrey “SophoS” Magdziasz
Accounting graduate, Esports enthusiast, aspiring businessman. Follow on Twitter @SophoS_Dota


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