Team Secret, Team Onyx, six others qualify for The Kiev Major

by theScore Staff Mar 14 2017
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After several days of qualifiers, Team Secret and Team Onyx are among the eight teams who have secured one of the final spots at The Kiev Major.

While the format for each regional qualifier was the same as past Valve events, the number of spots available for each region changed. With the creation of the CIS and South American Regional Qualifiers, only China and SEA had two spots up for grabs, with the remaining four regions having only one spot.

The European qualifiers, arguably the most stacked region, saw Secret return to the forefront of Dota after missing out on The Boston Major with a spectacular run where they only lost one game. were on a similar path in the CIS qualifier, going undefeated in the group stage, but would lose a game to Natus Vincere and Team Empire in the playoffs before qualifying.

Both Invictus Gaming teams narrowly secured the Chinese spots, as both teams faced off in the Winners' Finals for the first spot, which iG Vitality won. The SEA qualifiers were very competitive, as Team Faceless and TNC Pro Team secured their spots with 2-1 victories over Mineski.

In North America, Onyx upset both Team NP and compLexity Gaming, both of whom competed at The Boston Major, to qualify for their first Major. Lastly, the South American qualifier saw SG e-sports exact revenge on Not Today in the Grand Finals to qualify for Kiev, as they had previously lost to Not Today in the Winners' Finals

Including the invited teams, the full list of teams competing at The Kiev Major is as follows:

Invited Teams Qualified Teams
Wings Gaming OG Team Onyx SG e-sports
Ex-Ad Finem Team Liquid Team Secret
Evil Geniuses Digital Chaos iG Vitality Invictus Gaming
Newbee Team VG.J Team Faceless TNC Pro Team

The Kiev Major Main Event is set to run from April 27-30, and will feature a $3 million USD prize pool.

Correction: A previous version of this story stated that went undefeated in the CIS qualifier. In fact, their undefeated streak was only in the group stage. theScore esports regrets the error.

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