Shanghai Major Teams Announced

Courtesy of, read.navi-gaming.com

Courtesy of, read.navi-gaming.com

The first Major tournament of 2016, The Shanghai Major, will host sixteen of the best Dota 2 teams in the world, competing over five days.  Just as The Frankfurt Major, it will be featuring a prize pool of $3 million, and a double elimination format.  Eight teams were also directly invited, and another eight teams will come from the Regional Qualifiers.  Each Regional Open Qualifiers will be between January 3rd and 6th, and be made up of ten teams.  Following are the directly invited teams, and the teams in the Regional Qualifiers.

Directly Invited

OG

Team Secret

Evil Genius

Ehome

Vici Gaming

CDEC

Virtus.pro

Alliance

 

Although Alliance has had a weak few years, I have a feeling, with the return of EGM and a current meta game that suites their play style, they are the front runners of the entire Major.

Regional Qualifiers

Americas Qualifiers

Leviathan

Power Of Friendship

Archon

Void Boys

coL

Elite Wolves

Shazam

Open Qualifier Winner

Open Qualifier Winner

Now with North Americas strongest team being EG, and with a direct invite to the Major, not much talent is left in the Americas but if I had to pick, I feel coL has the best shot taking this Qualifier bracket, with Void Boys coming in at a close second.  Although I am sort of bias when it comes to Void Boys, as when I used to play there were a few members of Void Boys I know and used to play against. So I always hope to see them do well.

 

Europe Qualifiers

Fantastic Five

Empire

Na`Vi

Team Spirit

Vega

Elements

Liquid

Hell Raisers

Open Qualifier Winner

Open Qualifier Winner

Hands down with the return of Na`vi, they will take the cake on this one.  With Liquid coming in at a hard second, and to be honest, I don’t expect to see much coming out of Hell Raiders or Empire.

 

Southeast Asia Qualifiers

MVP.P

TNC

Sig.Trust

Fnatic

Satuduatiga

Mineski

Execration

First Departure

Open Qualifier Winner

Open Qualifier Winner

With the rise of Mineski at Frankfurt and all the hype surrounding them, they truly haven’t done much since, and honestly I feel like this was just an qualifier pity invite, since they did do very well at Frankfurt, another team I don’t expect to see much out of.  Although on the other hand, expect a lot coming from MVP.P.

 

China Qualifiers

NewBee

IG.Vitality

NB.y

Wings

IG

Fantuan

LGD

CDEC.y

Open Qualifier Winner

Open Qualifier Winner

The group that is easily up for grabs, with big names like NewBee, IG and LGD.  Though the Chinese teams did not have much success at Frankfurt or WCA, Shanghai is their home field.  Expect a lot out of this bracket, these teams are going to be showing up with something to prove.

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