Familiar faces on the Pro Circuit will be heading for Stockholm in October, as The Final Tribe, Team Liquid secure Europe’s 2 slots at the DreamLeague Season 10 Minor
The Europe Qualifier for the DreamLeague Season 10 Minor has been concluded, and at the end of the action we now know which squads will be making the trip to Stockholm to represent the region and fight for both the title of Minor Champion and the final spot at the Kuala Lumpur Major. 4 teams made up the field for this qualifier, with all of them being returning teams from the Major Qualifier looking for a chance to make their debut on the Pro Circuit this season by securing 1 of the region’s 2 available slots at the Minor. In the end, 2 teams punched their tickets to Stockholm and emerged victorious from this qualifier, with The Final Tribe and Team Liquid claiming those coveted spot at the Minor in October. Though only The Final Tribe and Team Liquid will be advancing to the DreamLeague Season 10 Minor, we should take a look at how each of the team’s in this qualifier performed, as these squads will more than likely form the crux of the tier 1 and tier 2 scenes within the European region this season. As with the previous recap posts for The Kuala Lumpur Major Qualifiers, we will be dividing the participants up based upon their final standings in the qualifier.
Top 2 (Qualified for DreamLeague Season 10 Minor
The Final Tribe
Record: 4-1 (2-0 series record)
It would appear that the second time’s the charm for The Final Tribe, as the Swedish squad managed to bounce back from its less than ideal performance in the Major Qualifier to earn 1 of the 2 European spots in the DreamLeague Season 10 Minor. The team’s path in this qualifier began in somewhat rough fashion, as the squad lost a 61 minute match to Team Lithium in which it ultimately failed to mount an effective comeback effort. However, the team came alive in the final 2 matches of that series, out killing Team Lithium 73-20 to claim a 2-1 series win. After that initial victory, it was relatively smooth sailing for The Final Tribe, as the team smashed its way past MangoBay for a 2-0 win thanks in large part to back to back strong showings from Frost and Chessie (combined 46-8-61 in 2 matches). The Final Tribe may not have looked very strong in the Major Qualifier, but this time around the team put on an absolutely dominant performance that has it locked in for its Pro Circuit debut in Stockholm next month. Whatever changes the squad needed after last week’s 7th-8th place finish appear to have been made, and The Final Tribe has more than earned its chance to play on home soil at the DremLeague Season 10 Minor in Stockholm.
Record: 4-3 (2-1 series record)
You can all collectively take your fingers off of the panic button now, as Team Liquid has secured itself a place in the Minor and will not be absent from the first event(s) of the Pro Circuit season. All jokes aside, there was a brief moment in this qualifier where it appeared that Team Liquid’s stumble in the Major Qualifier may have been more than just a fluke or a case of shaking off rust. The squad was completely destroyed in its opening 0-2 loss to MangoBay, with the team trailing in terms of net worth for the entirety of the series while stand-in rmN- was struggling significantly. However, the squad was able to turn things around in the end, taking down Team Lithium 2-1 in the Lower Bracket thanks in large part to a trio of strong showings from Miracle- (combined 31-8-14 in 3 games). That win earned the team a rematch with MangoBay for the region’s second spot at the Minor, and this time around Team Liquid dominated the match up. The team led in terms of net worth for all but a handful of minutes in the series, and Miracle- came up clutch once again with a monstrous performance on Weaver in Game 2 (26-3-11) to close out the series and secure the team’s place in Stockholm. Given the team’s incredible track record of success on the Pro Circuit, this bounce back performance will likely assuage just about all of the initial concerns from the squad’s rough Major Qualifier run as Team Liquid hopes to lay claim to the title of Minor Champion and earn itself the final place in Kuala Lumpur for the Major.
Record: 2-4 (1-2 series record)
MangoBay entered this qualifier in a rather interesting position within the European region, at least at this early stage in the Pro Circuit season. The squad had not been particularly impressive in its Major Qualifier run, but the team’s roster still had enough talent and experience on it for there to be relatively high hopes for the squad heading into the Minor Qualifier. Unfortunately, the team could not could get things done this time around, as the team ended up falling short of the mark to qualify for the DreamLeague Season 10 Minor twice in this qualifier. The team looked solid early on, taking down a Team Liquid squad playing with a stand-in 2-0 thanks to dominating performances from the team’s core trio of Fey, garter, and bOne7 (combined 68-17-76 in 2 matches). That win put MangoyBay just 1 series victory away from a spot in Stockholm, but it wasn’t meant to be for the squad. MangoBay lost 0-2 to The Final Tribe in a Winners’ Finals series that saw it out killed 26-77, then lost its subsequent Losers’ Final series against Team Liquid 0-2 as well to finish in 3rd place in the qualifier. The team’s performance in the qualifier was not necessarily poor, but coming within 1 series of making the cut on 2 separate occasions in this qualifier has to be seen as a disappointment for MangoBay. The silver lining from this qualifier is that MangoBay still appears to be a solid competitor within the European region, but it’s going to have to convert opportunities like this one in the future if it wants to find success this season.
Record: 2-4 (0-2 series record)
After an impressive 4th place finish in The Kuala Lumpur Major Europe Qualifier, Team Lithium was looking like one of the teams to beat in this qualifier with 2 slots at the Minor on the line. Unfortunately, the squad was not able to build upon its previous performance, as Team Lithium struggled significantly this time around against its regional rivals. The team won Game 1 of its series against The Final Tribe thanks to an incredible performance from MagE- (21-9-13), but the rest of the series did not go well for the squad. Team Lithium totaled just 20 kills in Games 2 and 3, and trailed in terms of net worth for nearly the entirety of those matches as it fell 1-2 to fall into the Lower Bracket. The team’s subsequent series against Team Liquid proved to be a trio of one sided affairs, and unfortunately for Team Lithium, it ended up on the wrong side of the match up as it fell 1-2 to end its qualifier run with a 4th place finish. The team’s play overall wasn’t particularly bad in this qualifier, but the lack of results will likely be viewed as a disappointment for this team considering how close it came to qualifying for the Major just around a week ago.