OpTic Gaming and Evil Geniuses secure spots in the Dota 2 Asia Championships 2018 Major via North American qualifiers.
DAC 2018 gave no direct invites to the NA teams at this year’s tournament edition. Instead, the organizers reserved two qualifier spots for the region. Spoiled with direct invites at most of the Pro Circuit events, Evil Geniuses had to take the long road of qualifiers for DAC 2018. With the challenge accepted, EG plowed through the upper bracket to secure their ticket to China undefeated.
“I love playing qualifiers” concluded on Twitter Clinton “Fear” Loomis last night after EG crushed compLexity Gaming 2-0 in the winners bracket finals. Fear’s former teammate and TI5 Champion captain, Peter “ppd” Dager responded to his tweet with “this is what we get for taking a year off” referring of course, to old man’s one year break to recover from his wrist surgery and his own time off from last year when he decided to leave active competitive play in order to take the CEO role within Evil Geniuses.
This is what we get for taking a year off…
— Peter Dager (@Peterpandam) February 9, 2018
In the aftermath of TI7, PPD returned to what he loves the most, the competitive scene. He formed The Dire that later on got picked up by OpTic Gaming. The season start wasn’t a smooth sail for PPD and co who failed in a couple of qualifiers, underwent a roster change and played their first Minor (Dota Summit 8) with a stand-in. The waters finally calmed down for OpTic Gaming with the start of 2018, and the team is already set to participate in the next three Majors. After a controversial disqualification from ESL One Katowice qualifiers, OpTic were given another shot when ESL launched a “North America Last Chance Qualifier” for the final spot in the event. Fresh winners of the Bucharest Major NA qualifiers, OpTic claimed the ESL One Katowice last ticket as well, and last night they emerged victorious in the DAC 2018 NA qualifiers lower bracket finals to secure three Majors tickets in the span of a month.
Dota 2 Asia Championships Major main event will commence on the 30th of March in Shanghai, China with 16 teams entering the battle for the $1,000,000 prize pool and 1,500 DPC points. Team Liquid, Newbee, Team Secret, Virtus.pro, Invictus Gaming, and Vici Gaming received direct invites to the event while the rest of the participants will be determined via regional qualifiers.
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