The Imperial, Team Liquid lock in spots at DreamLeague LAN Finals

by theScore Staff Nov 8 2016
Thumbnail image courtesy of The Imperial/Twitter

After weeks of competitive play in ASUS ROG DreamLeague Season 6, the last spots at the LAN Finals have been claimed by The Imperial and Team Liquid, who will join Escape Gaming and at DreamHack Winter on Nov. 25-26.

The Imperial went up against Escape Gaming and Vega Squadron on Nov. 8, the last day of regular league play. After going 1-1 against Escape in the day's first match, The Imperial were tied with Liquid for third place in the standings, but Vega still had the potential to take a 2-0 and force a three-way tie for the spot.

But Vega couldn't cut it, and The Imperial ended up shutting them out 2-0 to lock in their spot in the Top 4 — finishing the round robin tied with Escape Gaming and at 10 wins and four losses. With Vega's hopes quashed, Liquid's 8-6 record locked them into fourth on the standings, and secured them the final spot in the finals.

This marks the first time the squad formerly known as the Danish Bears have qualified for a major offline event since The Defense Season 5, and the first they will attend with The Imperial, who signed them in June. The team are fresh off of winning Boston Major EU Open Qualifier #2, though they failed to make it past the round robin stage at the regional qualifier.

Liquid's more middling record reflects problems the team have been having with their post-TI6 roster. The team recently withdrew from the BEAT Invitational at Northern Arena later this month to make changes to their roster, according to event organizers. In their past several DreamLeague matches, Liquid have been playing with stand-in Maroun "GH" Merhej, who replaced Kanishka "BuLba" Sosale.

The DreamLeague Season 6 LAN Finals will run from Nov. 25-26 at DreamHack Winter in Jönköping, Sweden, where the four finalists will compete for a $175,000 prize pool.

Olivia Da Silva is a news editor at theScore esports. She likes piña coladas, getting caught in the rain, and dank no-scopes. Feel free to follow her on Twitter.