The champions of the most recent major event Team Secret have already secured their spot at the next one by placing first in the group stage of the European closed qualifier for EPICENTER 2019. Ninjas in Pyjamas, OG, Team Liquid and Alliance have qualified to the playoffs and will compete for the last two tickets to the major.
The group stage featured eight teams competing in a single group with round-robin format and best-of-one series. Puppey and co. managed to place first in the group with the score of 6-1, losing only to Team Liquid. Three teams with the worst results – Aachen City Esports, The Final Tribe and Team Singularity – have been eliminated from the event.
|2.||Ninjas in Pyjamas||5-2|
|6.||Aachen City Esports||3-4|
|7.||The Final Tribe||2-5|
The playoffs stage will be played on May 17th – 18th and will follow a double-elimination format, with all series being best-of-three. In the first series OG will face Team Liquid, while Ninjas in Pyjamas will compete with Alliance. Two teams will qualify for the main event.
EPICENTER 2019 is the last major tournament of the current Dota Pro Circuit. It is scheduled for June 22nd – 30th and will take place in Moscow, Russia. Sixteen teams will compete for a $1,000,000 prize pool and 15,000 Pro Circuit Points.