Immortals take down the winners of King’s Cup America, The Dire, in the finals of the PGL NA Qualifiers 2-1 to secure themselves a slot in the PGL Open Bucharest Minor on October 19.
PGL NA Qualifiers Recap
As expected by many, The Dire, Digital Chaos and CompLexity Gaming were heads and shoulders above the rest of the competition. However, while many had VG.J Storm finishing second in their group, the recently-reunited TI6 MVP squad instead played the role of spoilers to round out the four teams in the PGL NA Qualifiers Playoffs.
That would not be the first and last time Immortals would exceed expectations.
In the opening rounds of the playoffs, Immortals and The Dire split their first two games against their respective opponents, Digital Chaos and CompLexity Gaming, before closing out the series to face each other in the finals.
Once there, The Dire proceeded to score a relatively quick win in Game 1 with Pers Anders Olsson ‘Pajkatt’ Lille going 18-4-8 on his Chaos Knight.
Immortals then pulled out the vaunted Phantom Assassin of Kim ‘QO’ Seon-yeop to even the series 1-1 before going their signature full davai in Game 3, where QO and Pyo ‘MP’ No-a combined for 36 kills to the entire The Dire’s 17, to close things out.
It’s Anyone’s Ball Game
The progenitors of the “caveman Dota” playstyle, Immortals are a threat to win qualifiers and LAN tournaments. Them winning the PGL NA Qualifiers is probably just a start.
Mind you, Immortals are far from heavy favourites; they’re even out of contention for a spot in the Starladder Minor and ESL Hamburg Major.
Evil Geniuses remain firmly entrenched as North America’s top Dota 2 team. However, don’t expect this season to be a repeat of 2015 when the boys in blue secured so many qualifiers that they had to demand direct invites to the tournaments so other teams in their region could have a chance in the qualifiers.
This season, Evil Geniuses will have a lot worry about.
The Dire, CompLexity Gaming and Digital Chaos can all give the TI5 champs a run for their money. Team Freedom turned IS.GG turned VGJ.Storm too has proven that they can take a series off of anyone. Add Immortals to that mix and qualifying for a tournament this season in NA isn’t going to be easy.
This is certainly great news for fans and audiences from all over the world. You can expect to see a lot more quality Dota 2 to watch this year than ever before!