Over a month still remains until the Dota 2 Asia Championship 2018 gets underway but the final team to join the ranks of 16 has been decided – as the CIS region rounds up its qualifier.
The grand finals of the CIS regional qualifier for DAC 2018 saw Team Spirit going up against Effect in a best-of-three series for a spot at the main event in Shanghai. After beating Effect in the quarterfinals, Team Spirit took down Natus Vincere and Team Empire, looking ready to claim a spot in China. However, Effect were not to be thwarted, making a brilliant run through the lower bracket, taking down Vega Squadron and Na’Vi – getting them a chance at revenge on their rivals.
Game one of the series was a brutal affair for Team Spirit, as Effect came out all-guns-blazing with Zaur ‘Cooman’ Shakhmurazaev on an unstoppable Troll Warlord with a Dazzle right behind him. In just over thirty minutes and kill after kill going the way of Effect, the towel was thrown in by Spirit, giving their opponents a lead in the series.
The second game of the series saw a much better game from Team Spirit – pushing Effect to their limits. While Spirit looked completely in control of the game for a vast majority of it, it was Effect who had Cooman on the Terrorblade rip through Spirit’s line up and secure themselves the spot at DAC 2018.
Sadly, today we didn't manage to win in the series against @EffectGG.
GL HF on the #DAC2018, guys, and thank you for the tough, though interesting, games. #SpiritDota #Dota2 pic.twitter.com/ABxypYhtxy
— Team Spirit (@Team__Spirit) February 13, 2018
DAC 2018 is set to take place from March 30th through to April 7th in Shanghai, China. The venue for the Major will be the Shanghai Oriental Sports Center, where the 16 teams will challenge each other for their share of the $1,000,000 prize pool alongside the 1500 Dota 2 Pro Circuit Points which are up for grabs.
The 16 teams heading to Shanghai are:
- Invictus Gaming (Direct Invite)
- Newbee (Direct Invite)
- Team Liquid (Direct Invite)
- Vici Gaming (Direct Invite)
- pro (Direct Invite)
- Team Secret (Direct Invite)
- Mineski (Southeast Asia Qualifier)
- TNC Pro Team (Southeast Asia Qualifier)
- Keen Gaming (China Qualifier)
- LGD Gaming (China Qualifier)
- Thunder (China Qualifier)
- OG (Europe Qualifier)
- Evil Geniuses (North American Qualifier)
- OpTic Gaming (North American Qualifier)
- paiN Gaming (South American Qualifier)
- Effect (CIS Qualifier)
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