Closed qualifiers for the upcoming ESL One Los Angeles Major got underway earlier today for the Southeast Asian region with ten teams fighting for three spots at the event.
With open qualifiers ending for all regions except China in the early hours of Sunday morning – around 4am CET, ESL were extremely late in announcing the groups for the closed qualifiers, leaving the SEA region with barely an hour to look into their respective groups. That said, the day progressed really well for some teams, while others found it difficult to get off the mark on the first day of closed qualifiers.
- TNC Predator
- IO Dota 2
- Team Adroit
- Reality Rift
- Neon Esports
For group A, the opening day of ESL One LA qualifiers saw TNC Predator take two unprecedented drawn series, one versus IO Dota 2 and the other against Neon Esports, leaving them with a lot of work to do tomorrow. However, the team also struggled through the qualifiers for the previous DreamLeague Season 13 Major before managing to scrape through at the end – meaning they could just be finding their footing once more. Chai ‘Mushi’ Yee Fung newest squad, IO, have been showing their strength after coming through the open qualifiers. The team were able to take a full victory over Reality Rift as well as the above-mentioned tie with TNC to put them in second place at the end of day one.
Team Adroit were the ones who topped the group, after they managed to make a good showing back at the MDL Chengdu Major qualifiers. However, the team still have both TNC and IO to face tomorrow and things could change. Rounding out the bottom end of the group would be RR in last, while Neon Esports managed to clinch the fourth spot for now.
- Geek Fam
- BOOM Esports
- Lowkey Esports
- Cignal Ultra
In Group B it was another fantastic showing from Fnatic as they continued to impress in qualifiers since the addition of Lee ‘SunBhie’ Jeong-Jae as coach. However, even with two victories so far, the team will need to continue their dominance far beyond just qualifiers if they want to return to their previous form. Joining them at the top would be Geek Fam, with two victories under their belt so far but a series against Fnatic awaiting them tomorrow.
Cignal Ultra were unfortunately unable to pick up a win today, leaving them in last place – while Lowkey Esports and BOOM Esports filled out the rest of Group B for the day.
Tomorrow we will see the SEA closed qualifier reach the end of its group stage before Tuesday will see us finding the three teams from the region which will head into ESL One LA 2020. With a lot of work to do for many of the teams, tomorrow’s games will be crucial in reaching the third Major of the season – or falling into the Minor or not making it to either.