China’s Regional Open Qualifier #2 for The International 2019 came to an end a few moments ago and with that, the closed qualifier is set with eight teams who will fight for a spot at TI9.
We had already seen the fall of many massive names in China as their open qualifiers progressed over the past few days. The first qualifier saw Invictus Gaming and CDEC Gaming claim their places in the closed qualifier and the second qualifier ended earlier today with the final two teams claiming a spot in it too.
After having a dismal Dota 2 Pro Circuit season, Newbee were hoping that they could make their way into the closed qualifier and have a chance at reaching TI9. The first open qualifier did not go their way but the second was much better with Song ‘Sccc’ Chun having a magnificent showing. Their opponents in the final were Royal, a squad under the Royal Never Give Up banner which featured Leong ‘ddc’ Fat-meng – a player who has never missed a TI, until now. While both teams threw everything at one another, it was Newbee who came out on top and would now be able to fight for a TI9 showing with the following roster:
- Tan ‘JiaJia’ Lija
- Song ‘Sccc’ Chun
- Wen ‘awen’ Lipeng
- Yan ‘Waixi’ Chao
- Lu ‘Fenrir’ Chao
The loss will also mean that ddc will no longer be part of the TI-attendance record which now only includes Clement ‘Puppey’ Ivanov and Kuro ‘KuroKy’ Salehi Takhasomi (with Saahil ‘UNiVeRse’ Arora having been a substitute at TI1 and also considered part of the record to some degree).
Team Serenity had almost made it through to the closed qualifiers in the first open qualifier bracket for China but were stumped by Invictus Gaming on the last hurdle. However, the team fought once more to reach the final and this time were up against FTD.Guys. FTD.Guys were a fairly unknown squad but had proven their strength when they took down Newbee.Young and Bu ‘YaphetS’ Yanjun’s For The Dream squad to reach the finals. While FTD.Guys tried their best to hold back the onslaught, it became too much as Serenity overpowered them in a grueling three-game series and took the final spot in the closed qualifier.
- Chu ‘Aventador’ Zeyu
- Zhang ‘Zyd’ Daquan
- Xiong ‘Pyw’ Jiahan
- Roger ‘Roddgeee’ Tan
- Xiao ‘XCJ’ Chaojian
With that, the likes of Team Solid, Team Gases and Aster.Aquarius will have no chance of appearing at TI9 but you can check out an interview with two legends from the Solid squad below.
The eight teams which will fight for the final spot for China at TI9 are:
- Team Aster
- Royal Never Give Up
- Team Sirius
- Invictus Gaming
- CDEC Gaming
- Team Serenity
The closed qualifier gets underway on July 11th 2019 and will see only the victorious squad claim their position at The International 2019. You can keep up with all the TI news over on our hub here.