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The rolling direct invites for the Fall Majors have started and opened with the two TI5 finalists, Evil Geniuses and CDEC. Sixteen teams will compete at the Fall Majors with only eight teams directly invited. Will the results of ESL One Frankfurt sway the tide? We will be updating the blog live as the teams are announced, feel free to share your thoughts in the comments.
The ESL One New York 2015 ended with Vega Squadron completing an incredible run to take first place at the star-studded tournament. Odds were stacked against them when they drawn with TI5 champions Evil Geniuses in the opening round, but the roster that failed to reach the main event of TI5 went all the way defeating Invictus Gaming in the semis before finally outclassing Secret 2-1 in the Grand Finals.
Team Empire has been in disarray over the last two weeks, an unfortunate consequence of the release of two keys players in Andrey 'alwayswannafly' Bondarenko and more importantly Maxim 'yoky' Kim. Team Empire announced the addition of Russian pubstar Ivan 'uBaH' Kapustin at the end of August, but it appears they have now had a change of heart, bringing back Maxim 'yoky' Kim for their roster for the upcoming Fall Majors...
Having progressed to the semi-finals, Team Secret and CDEC Gaming faced off today at ESL. Both games were full of excitement from as early as the drafting phase, with lesser-picked heroes getting a grand opportunity to prove their worth. Despite seeing some great use of Elder Titan and the likes of Invoker it was Rasmus 'MiSeRy' Fillipsen who stole the show as Broodmother across both games despite a rough start in game one.
The camaraderie of Vega Squadron paid off in the final games of Day 1 of ESL One New York. The underdog team that failed to qualify during TI5 Wild-card matches was one of the few to withstand any roster changes. To everyone's shock and surprise, they delivered one hell of a performance to crush the current TI champions' Evil Geniuses dreams to come out as the victors of the first premiere international contest.
IG eliminated Virtus Pro in the third match of the quarterfinals in ESL One New York 2015, as the Russian organization became the first directly invited team to pack their bags. The series featured a carry Alchemist mid, a support Leshrac and two very opposite Luna performances from Illidan. Rising star Rabbit shows what he came for, as IG do a good job filling up EHOME's spot in the tournament.
After much talk about 6.85, CDEC proved the new patch is not that much different to the old one, rehashing combinations they used so effectively at TI5 in the summer. Their opponent was Team Archon, who put up a modest fight but CDEC looked comfortable. Nerfed heroes in the new patch Bounty Hunter and Gyrocopter both made an appearance in CDEC's draft, and the TI5 runners-up still look formidable.