Kings in the North, the Alliance have already secured their spot at The International 2019. They made it via Dota Pro Circuit points, but there is a high chance that more Swedish players join them onto the big stage in Shanghai, China this year.
The final round of European open qualifiers concluded last night with three more teams advancing to the closed regionals. Team Bald, featuring the former Alliance member and TI3 Champion, Jerry “EGM” Lundkvist, along with Janne “Gorgc” Stefanovski, was the first squad to make it from the opens after defeating 2-1 Aachen City Esports.
Team Bald roster:
- Janne “Gorgc” Stefanovski
- Daniel “Stormstormer” Schoetzau
- Alaan “SexyBamboe” Faraj
- Jerry “EGM” Lundkvist
Perhaps one of the biggest surprises of the open qualifiers is Six Eight Two, a team made of a pub stack that made it to the round of 32 in the first leg of opens and in the second leg, they reached the finals where they defeated 2-1 Team Singularity. Six Eight Two have two Russian players in the support lines, a carry from North Macedonia, a midlaner from Georgia and an Austrian offlaner set for a great future ahead only by the nickname choice, Tobi.
Six Eight Two roster:
- Irakli “W1sh-” Peranidze
Last team to join the regional qualifiers battle are Singularity who bounced back in the very last series of the open brawl. Steve “Excalibur” Ye is carrying the team in their quest to Shanghai, China. But unlike the teams in CIS, SEA and South America, he and all the European participants will get a few days to recover before heading in to the closed regionals.
Team Singularity roster:
- Steve “Excalibur” Ye
- Jure “Pingvincek” Plešej
- Maxim “Shachlo” Abramovskikh
- Yaroslav “Miposhka” Naidenov
Europe, North America and China qualifiers will commence on the 11th of July and will all be played in a Round Robin best-of-one group stage, followed by a best-of-three double elimination bracket.