With a full Czech line-up leading the pack and a three-way tiebreaker for the last two spots into the playoffs, the European qualifiers group stage for The International 2019 has come to an end.
Four teams had to put their TI dream on hold, among them Janne “Gorgc” Stefanovski’s TeamB, which finished last in the group with only one win through the two days of best-of-one matches, and Troels “syndereN” Nielsen’s Anti-mage, which lost the tiebreaker rounds.
Those moving forward are:
Hippomaniacs, a full Czech team at their first ever TI qualifiers participation and entering the competition from open brackets to dominate the closed qualifiers group stage.
The Final Tribe, one of the two teams invited to closed qualifiers for the one ticket to Shanghai, China.
Chaos Esports Club, very recently going through a big shuffle and surprising everyone with the addition of Lasse “MATUMBAMAN” Urpalainen to their roster.
Aachen City Esports, perhaps the organization that brings the most confusion in the European regional qualifiers given the fact that those who watched the opens know that they actually didn’t initially make it into the closed qualifiers. Long story short, Aachen City Esports signed a CIS team that actually played via Europe since the beginning of 2019. The team featured Gleb “Funn1k” Lipatnikov and Nikola “LeBronDota” Popović, but despite keeping the roster intact for more than a few months, the team wasn’t able to clinch a spot to any LAN tournament and were overlooked when the TI9 regional qualifiers were handed. They struggled in both legs of the open qualifiers and immediately after their elimination, the organization dropped them and decided to sign Epic Name, the winners of the first round of opens.
TI9 European qualifiers playoffs will commence Saturday, July 13 at 12:00 CET with a double elimination bracket, best-of-three games.
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