Virtus.pro's test run in the CIS qualifier
Virtus.pro have undergone drastic changes in the past weeks. Star carry Roman 'RAMZEs' Kushnarev left to join Evil Geniuses, Pavel '9pasha' Khvastunov changed to Natus Vincere and Vladimir 'RodjER' Nikogosyan has left the team.
With only Vladimir 'No[o]ne' Minenko and Aleksey 'Solo' Berezin left, VP needed three new players. Roman 'Resolut1on' Fominok and Egor 'epileptick1d' Grigorenko will cover positions 3 and 1. Meanwhile, the Russian organisation recruited Vitalie 'Save-' Melnic as a stand-in for Vladimir 'RodjER' Nikogosyan.
Vitalie "Save-" Melnic will be the fifth player for Chengdu Major Сlosed Qualifiers! #GOGOVP— Virtus.pro (@virtuspro) October 2, 2019
1. Egor "epileptick1d" Grigorenko (stand-in)
2. Vladimir "No[o]ne" Minenko
3. Roman “Resolut1ion” Fominok
4. Vitalie "Save-" Melnic (stand-in)
5. Alexey “Solo” Berezin pic.twitter.com/Mu4LaBQISl
In the Closed Qualifier, the new roster has to show that they can live to the incredibly high expectations. They have to take on heavyweights such as Na'Vi and Gambit Esports.
Can anybody stop Evil Geniuses?
Post-Sumail 'SumaiL' Syed Hassan EG have received a spot in the NA Closed qualifiers. With their new star players Ramzes and Abed 'Abed' Yusop, the TI5 winner is going to be among the favourites to earn one of their three spots in Chengdu.
Their toughest opponents might be J.Storm and Quincy Crew. The latter is Sumail's new home, in which he plays side by side with his brother Yawar 'YawaR' Hassan. Can they contest EG's dominance?
Fnatic with prodigy
Fnatic did quite well in the beginning of the last DPC season, but their form plummeted very timely. With Kam 'Moonn' Boon Seng and Neungnara '23savage' Teeramahanon they want to restore their former glory.
Especially 23savage might be crucial for their plans: the carry from Thailand showed an amazing performance on Team Jinesbrus in the The International 2019: Southeast Asia Qualifiers and almost made it to TI9 with former team-mates Kim 'Febby' Yong-Min and Tae Won 'March' Park.
In the Closed SEA Qualifier, Fnatic have to take on TNC Predator, new home to March. The stack showed a solid result at the last TI and are surely a co-favourite in this region.
Europe without the biggest names
Alliance, Team Secret, Team Liquid, OG – the largest organisations one would expected to participate in such an important qualifier are missing. While Alliance as well as Team Liquid have recently lost their teams, OG hinted that some of their players would take a break and they will skip the first Major.
This is the time to shine for some other teams: Peter 'ppd' Dager's Ninjas in Pyjamas will make their test run with the new line-up. Also, Adrian 'Fata' Trinks who left NiP after TI will compete with his new team.
Here's the schedule for MDL Chengdu Major Europe CQ 🔥— Ninjas in Pyjamas 🇸🇪 (@NiPGaming) October 2, 2019
05.10 - Saturday
14:00 (2pm) CEST | Ad Finem 🇬🇷
20:00 (8pm) CEST | Open Qualifer #2
06.10 - Sunday
14:00 (2pm) CEST | Cool Team 🇪🇺
18:00 (6pm) CEST | GODSENT 🇪🇺#GONINJAS #DOTA2 pic.twitter.com/BWwRkZai7S
The stack called "Cool Team" features former NiP mate Neta '33' Shapira and Nikolay 'Nikobaby' Nikolov. Also the former Alliance line-up surrounding Aydin 'iNsania' Sarkohi have been granted an invite.
List of direct invites to Closed Qualifiers
Which teams are you the most excited for?
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