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Virtus.pro, Ad Finem qualify for The Boston Major; Team Liquid fall short

by Dennis Gonzales Oct 30 2016
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The European Regional Qualifier for The Boston Major concluded Sunday, and Virtus.pro and Ad Finem emerged as the two teams that will represent the region at the main event in December. Team Liquid, who lost 2-0 to Ad Finem in the Winner's Finals and 2-1 to VP in the Loser's Finals, head home empty-handed.

Ad Finem were the first to qualify, dominating the Winner's Bracket with 2-0 sweeps of both Team Secret and Team Liquid. Their victory means Boston will be the first Valve-sponsored event to feature a full Greek national team.

VP took a rough 2-0 loss to Liquid in the semifinals on Saturday, but came back with a relatively clean 2-0 win over Secret in the Loser's Bracket. Secret's elimination marks the first time since The International 2011 that Clement "Puppey" Ivanov has missed a Valve-sponsored Dota event.

VP moved on to a Loser's Finals rematch against Liquid. The final set of the group went very differently than their first series. VP took Game 1 convincingly and looked dominant throughout Game 2, but narrowly lost when Liquid were somehow able to mount a comeback from a monstrous late-game deficit.

The third and final game came down to many small mistakes made by TL, with even star mid laner Amer "Miracle-" al-Barqawi tripping up at several key moments. VP pushed to a 40-minute victory, earning themselves a slot in the Major and adding yet another name to the list of veteran teams that will be absent from Boston.

With the completion of the EU qualifier, here's who we know will be attending The Boston Major so far:

Invited Qualified
Wings Gaming Digital Chaos Team Faceless WarriorsGaming.Unity
Evil Geniuses Newbee Ad Finem Virtus.pro
EHOME Execration Americas #1 Americas #2
OG MVP Phoenix China #1 China #2

The Americas Regional Qualifier will conclude tonight, beginning with Team NP versus compLexity Gaming in the Winner's Finals. The Chinese qualifier will conclude on Oct. 31. The Boston Major itself features a $3 million prize pool, and will take place on Dec. 3-10.

Dennis "Tarmanydyn" Gonzales is a news editor for theScore esports who enjoys whiskey, D&D and first-picking Abaddon Slardar Clinkz Medusa Oracle a P90 my Souvenir Negev. You can follow him on Twitter.

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