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The first five teams to qualify for DreamLeague Season 11 Stockholm Major have been determined.
The SEA and Chinese regions have completed their qualifiers for the DreamLeague Season 11 Stockholm Major. Three teams have survived through the clashes to secure a place from China – PSG.LGD, EHOME and Keen Gaming, and two from SEA – Fnatic and Mineski.
While PSG.LGD was not much of a surprise for many fans, there were some that wondered how easy things would be for the top Chinese team after Lu “Maybe” Yao had decided to take a break for the time being and was replaced by Guo ”XM” Hongcheng, on loan from CDEC for the qualifiers. Although they didn’t take the top seed in the group stage, they did still land a place in the upper brackets and quickly took their place in the main event after taking down Team Aster 2:0.
EHOME, however, continues to impress. The Bucharest Minor Championship team not only had a stellar performance in the follow-up Chongqing Major but now claimed the top seed of their group for the DreamLeague Season 11 Major and the secure their place at the main event after knocking down ViCi Gaming 2:0.
Keen Gaming had a more challenging and longer road to the main event. They slid into the third place in groups, ending up in the lower brackets. There they swept through Team Root, then bested Team Aster 2:1 before defeating RNG 2:0 in the Lower Brackets Round 3 for the last spot.
Meanwhile, in the neighboring region of SouthEast Asia, Mineski and Fnatic had asserted their dominance early on. Both teams had assumed the top position of their respective groups without dropping a single match. Seeded into the upper brackets, they then both swept through their first opponents before meeting up in the winner’s finals to determine which team would take the first spot allocated to the region.
After a back and forth series, Fnatic took the first and last game as well as the spot, dropping Mineski to the lower brackets. Another three-game series was required for Mineski to best BOOM ID 2:1 and take the second SEA place for DreamLeague Season 11 Stockholm Major.
The CIS region is still engrossed in their battle for the two slots, expected to wrap up in just a few hours. South America will continue through tonight as well. North America and Europe, who were each given three spots have a few days left until their representatives are determined.
The Stockholm Major is expected to be held from March 14-24, 2019 as the third Major of the new season. Sixteen teams will be competing for the lion’s share of the $1,000,000 prize pool and 15,000 DPC points.
The last few days of the Major will be played at Annexet, Stockholm. Annexet has a capacity of 3,950 people and usually hosts concerts and ice hockey matches.