posted by Abelle,
EHOME have had a pretty rough go of things lately, most recently finishing 11th-12th in the DAC China qualifier. The reason they’re in open qualifiers now is a roster change in which Zhi Cheng 'LaNm' Zhang returned to the team, though LaNm never actually left the organization.
He was listed as a coach on EHOME’s latest roster announcement, but in fact he had taken personal time off to be with his wife while she gave birth to their second daughter. In a video interview on EHOME’s youtube channel, LaNm says he had planned to return to his coaching role, but the team was lacking in leadership and the decision was made to have him return to playing.
They haven’t played an official match since LaNm’s return, but with a team full of proven strong players and TI on the horizon to motivate them, EHOME stand a strong chance of at least making it to regional qualifiers, or perhaps even the Major itself.
They would have been an automatic regional qualifier invite, but due to the late departure of Mihai 'canceL' Vasile, coL will play Kiev Major open qualifiers. They’ve enlisted the help of Eric 'Ryoya' Dong for the event, and the midlaner moved into the coL house almost two weeks ago to bootcamp with the team.
Welcoming @747dota to the #coLDota house. We will be working with Eric through the upcoming #KievMajor. pic.twitter.com/d1FqVkB3Fm— compLexity Gaming (@compLexityLive) February 23, 2017
The original regional qualifier invite list included Team Red* and Team WanteD*, but the list has since been adjusted to include only Team Freedom*, Team NP and Digital Chaos*. In addition to this, there are four open qualifier spots for NA teams in the regional qualifier, meaning that coL should easily make it through.
“The world-renowned bunch of Dota 2 personalities not good enough to play professionally” (source) has returned with another open qualifier roster. Perhaps the field of NA Dota teams has thinned enough to finally allow this team a chance to prove themselves in regional qualifiers, but only time will tell. After Vegetables Esports Club* made it to 2nd place in the first Boston Major Americas open qualifier (losing to Prodota in the final), their chances are looking pretty darn good this time around.
VEG locked in for NA Open Quals. In position order: myself, @CCnCDotA2, @DotACapitalist, @Blitz_DotA, @wilsonwteng, https://t.co/8GtavedLCY— Ben Wu (@MerliniDota) March 2, 2017
The boss is back with a slightly modified roster, ready to take on Chinese open qualifiers. Bi 'axx' Xia has been moved to the sub role while EHOME sub Old eleven has been “temporarily loaned” to Newbee for this event. The team may not be a very "serious" roster and is unlikely to qualify for the Major itself, but with a lineup like theirs, they could prove to be a dangerous obstacle on other teams’ paths to regionals.
Newbee.B Squad for the Kiev @DotaMajor qualifiers pic.twitter.com/ia4uVfcSrV— Newbee (@NewbeeCN) March 5, 2017
We’re grouping these two SA team together because with just two teams directly invited to the South American regional qualifier and eight open qualifier slots available, neither of them should have a problem reaching regionals.
Both teams contain former members of the unknown team that competed at The Frankfurt Major — Alexis 'Greedy' Ventura and Christian 'Accel' Cruz on Infamous and Alonso 'kotaro' Leon Arango on Not Today. In fact, one of these teams may end up being the one to qualify for the main event in Kiev, after all is said and done.
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