No Virtus.pro. No Vici Gaming. No EHOME. The Manila Major Qualifiers were tough and the tournament will lack some of the strongest teams. Here’s who didn’t make it in the Qualifiers.
The Manila Major Qualifiers saw Team Empire and [digitalchaos] qualifying for their first Major ever. We saw amazing performances by Ad Finem, Dragneel and TnC Gaming. But where there is so much light there have to be some shadows. And this time they fall on these seven teams that definitely should have qualified for the Manila Major – just they didn’t.
Virtus.pro was ninth at the Shanghai Major which was just one place shy of an direct invitation to Manila. At least the Russians got invited to the Main Qualifiers, but they didn’t perform well and left the group stage with just one win against last placed Team Spirit while they lost to Vega Squadron and were tied against Ad Finem and [rebels] – two team VP should clearly beat.
This leaves them with a disappointing 29th place for the Manila Major. Just two weeks earlier they were 3rd at the Dreamleague League Play which seemed promising for the Qualifiers.
The chinese downfall began at the Shanghai Major and despite Wings Gamings recent success and LGD Gamings direct invite, the Qualifiers showed little progress for once beloved teams – like [ehome.cn]. Since the team won three tournaments in December and January almost nothing seems to work. They left the Shanghai Major as ninth and dropped out of ESL One Manila in the last place of their group, not winning a single game.
Since the Vega Squadron surprisingly won ESL One New York last year, they have been kind of a mixed bag. The team failed to qualify for the Shanghai Major and ESL One Manila, but was runner-up at Captains Draft 3.0 and the WePlay Dota League.
This boosted them to the eigth place of the Dota World Ranking but at the Manila Major Qualifiers Vega showed its worse face again. They barely made it through the group stage, surprisingly losing to [rebels], just to be defeated by both No Diggity and Team Empire in the playoffs.
It’s kind of a disgrace for Vici Gaming that their B-team Vici Gaming Reborn earned a direct invite to the Manila Major whereas the main team had to start in the Open Qualifiers. They won the first chinese one though and were expected to do great at the Main Qualifiers too. Except they didn’t. Vici lost to CDEC Gaming and iG.Vitality while only beating FTD club B which resulted in a 38th rank overall. Since January, Vici hasn’t been in the top 3 of any tournament.
We already mentioned CDEC Gaming, runner-up of the International 2015 and fifth of the Frankfurt Major. But the chinese will miss their first Major (they were 13th at Shanghai) due to a bad performance in the group stage. They lost the deciding tiebreaker match to IGs b-team iG.Vitality, ending the Major as 29th.
We know that only one chinese team could win the Manila Major Qualifiers so it might seem unfair to list the fourth chinese team here, but none of these teams was good enough to earn a direct invite nor to win the Qualifiers. Invictus Gaming even misses the third Major in a row. They lost the deciding final match for the Frankfurt Major (finishing the tournament as 17th), played a little worse in the qualifiers for Shanghai (25.) and even worse now – losing in the group stage of the qualifier equals a 29th place this time. Let’s see if they even get invited to the Main Qualifiers for The International 2016.
Polarity is the hottest team that formed in the Shanghai Major aftermath. They took Lil and DkPhobos from Virtus.Pro, 9pashaebashu from the Vega Squadron and Afoninje from HellRaisers forming one of the strongest teams in the world.
But this team couldn’t play great qualifiers yet. They were 45th at ESL One Manila (which means they lost early in the qualifiers) and 33rd at the Manila Major now. They repayed a direct invite to the Main Qualifiers with the last place in their group, only winning against Kaipi and losing to No Diggity, Team Empire and the Power Rangers.