Ninjas in Pyjamas and Fighting Pandas will be the teams representing North America at the second DPC Minor of the 2019-2020 season, which is the WePlay! Bukovel Minor. Ninjas in Pyjamas were the first team to qualify from NA, after wins against Team Xolotl and J.Storm. The road was a bit trickier for Fighting Pandas, who initially lost 2-1 to J.Storm in a best of 3, but in the best of 5 rematch, came back strong to win 3-0.
NiP will be heading to their second straight DPC Minor. In the first Minor of the season, which was the Summit 11, they failed to make it out of the group to the play off stages and will be hoping to do a lot better this time. Fighting Pandas and J.Storm had both qualified for the Chengdu Major, but failed to make the cut for the Leipzig Major. Fighting PandaS will at least have a chance to make it to the Major, but they will have to win the Minor for that. For J.Storm, it is a time of no activity and a chance to go over what went wrong in these qualifiers.
With the NA qualifiers for the WePlay! Bukovel Minor wrapped up, the eight teams for the tournament have been decided. Gambit Esports and Nigma are the two teams that will probably be the favorites at the Minor, but DPC events tend to bring out the best in all teams, so it’s hard to say what will happen.
The WePlay! Bukovel Minor will start on the 9th of January 2020 and will be the first DPC event of 2020. The winner of the tournament will get the final slot in the Leipzig Major (or DreamLeague Season 13) which will be starting on the 18th of January.