posted by Smyke,
It should have been an exciting series, but in the end Team Secret demonstrated why they're the best team of the season next to Virtus.pro. The reigning Major champion destroyed Liquid in the Upper Bracket. Captain Kuro S. 'KuroKy' Takhasomi and his team-mates didn't have a chance in both games - they got completely outplayed and outdrafted.
Meanwhile, Peter 'ppd' Dager's squad is back in the Major circuit! NiP beat OG in the second Upper Bracket match with a 2-0 victory. It's NiP's second appearance in a Major this season. They finished fourth at The Kuala Lumpur Major, but failed to qualify for the second Major in China.
This means OG and Liquid dropped in the Lower Bracket where they'll fight for the last European spot for the Major. Troels 'syndereN' Nielsen's Kaban and Vega Squadron surrounding Maurice 'KheZu' Gutmann will try to stop the favourites.
Qualified to the major! GGs @goFORWARDgg— Tal Aizik (@Fly_dota2) 6. Februar 2019
Sweden is the first place I ever competed in, always nice to come back
The two first participants from North America are Evil Geniuses and J.Storm. Evil Geniuses beat Forward Gaming in a thrilling series with 2-1. Roman 'Resolut1on' Fominok's team took EG off guard in game one, but Fly developed the fitting gameplan in the following matches to reverse sweep FG.
Meanwhile, Tae Won 'March' Park and Clinton 'Fear' Loomis were able to stop Flying Penguins's run.
Jacky 'EternaLEnVy' Mao, who switched back to the carry position will play in the Lower Bracket against his former employer compLexity Gaming. The second game will be between Forward Gaming and Team Team.
Which teams deserve the last spot for NA and EU?
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