CompLexity Gaming take down Team Leviathan, Evil Geniuses and The Dire (twice) to win the Starladder NA Qualifiers and secure a tournament berth in the Starladder Minor on October.
Starladder NA Qualifiers Recap
With all eight participating teams capable of taking series off of each other, trying to predict who would end up winning the Starladder NA Qualifiers is an exercise in futility.
Ultimately, however, CompLexity Gaming were the ones to make it out of the bloodbath that is the Starladder NA Qualifiers.
CompLexity Gaming took the phrase “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” way too literally throughout the qualifiers. They paced the entire thing by essentially running the same strat multiple times; their IO + Tiny combo proved very effective against The Dire in the Grand Finals.
Interestingly enough, CompLexity Gaming suffered their only loss in the qualifiers at the hands of Evil Geniuses using roughly the same hero lineup that won them a spot in the Starladder Minor.
Earned Not Given
The tournament qualifiers for North America and China look the most stacked of the six competitive regions; not a single team has stood head-and-shoulders above the rest so far.
For example, both LGD Gaming squads made it as far as the Grand Finals of the online qualifiers in China. However, both would go on lose to teams that have yet to play in a LAN tournament.
Things get even crazier in North America where Evil Geniuses are no longer shoo-ins to win qualifiers. The boys in blue have looked vulnerable since the return of Clinton ‘Fear’ Loomis. Meanwhile, The Dire, led by Evil Geniuses’ ex-captain Peter ‘ppd’ Dager, obviously need more time together to gel despite the occasional flashes of brilliance.
Digital Chaos, who have yet to qualify for a tournament this season, are always a serious threat, especially with their latest lineup. The same goes for CompLexity Gaming and Immortals. Plus, there’s the dark horse teams, VGJ.Storm and Team Leviathan, as well.
So far, four different North American teams have qualified for as many tournaments this season; The Dire for The Summit 8; Immortals for PGL Open Bucharest Minor, Evil Geniuses for ESL One Hamburg and finally, CompLexity Gaming for the Starladder Minor.
If that’s not telling of just how competitive NA is going to be this season, I don’t know what is.
How well do you think CompLexity Gaming will do in their first LAN tournament since last year’s Boston Major? Can their latest lineup take games off of international competition? Be sure to let us know your thoughts in the comments down below.