posted by Abelle,
The CIS qualifier is first on the schedule and runs for two days - Feb 8-9 starting at 14 CET on both days. The participating teams are Team Empire, Gambit Esports*, Team Spirit and SLOJNIY MEMAS.
With big name squads Natus Vincere and Virtus.pro not competing in the event, Empire stand a very good chance of qualifying to their third Pro Circuit event, the first two being Captains Draft Season 4 and Starladder | i-League Invitational #4. Team Spirit beat Team Empire in a Pro Circuit qualifier somewhat recently, but it was Galaxy Battles 2, which had its Pro Circuit status revoked. That said, Spirit came 3rd at the main event after a solid performance, so it will be interesting to see who comes out on top this week.
DreamLeague are staying with the classics when it comes to format - the qualifier is a double elimination bracket in which every match (including the final) is a best-of-three. The winner gets a spot at the eight-team LAN March 21-25. The second and final direct invite to the LAN was also revealed recently and its none other than Team Liquid.
Time to invite Matumbashorts & co to season 9. Welcome @TeamLiquid!https://t.co/4kzzWS1BLt pic.twitter.com/gTBR2eovAE— DreamHack Dota (@DreamHackDota) February 5, 2018
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