CIS regional qualifiers received by far the most viewers on twitch.tv, and while viewer and player base may be declining in some other regions, in CIS it seems to always keep growing. If the open qualifiers weren’t limited to 1024 participants, we’d surely see much more teams. However, the region only gets one TI7 slot from the regional qualifiers to join Virtus.pro who received a direct invite.
In the round robin, all teams that qualified for the second phase had the same 7-2 win/loss score. On the other hand, in the playoffs, Team Empire proved that they are currently the “second best CIS team”.
The second phase of CIS Regional qualifier was a classic double-elimination format. Despite the fierce competition, Team Empire made it look easy in the deciding series, beating Team Spirit in semifinals and grand finals, and Vega Squadron in the winners’ finals.
Team Empire’s undefeated run in the CIS Regional Qualifier playoffs for the spot at TI7
In the semifinals against Team Spirit, Team Empire kept picking their well known cores Puck+Razor. It looked like they knew exactly what they want to get from the draft, and their primary focus was on getting their comfort picks. Razor’s late game was devestating for Team Spirit. Miposhka played Sand King and Nyx in games 1 and to respectivly, providing control with the help of RodjER’s Disruptor/WD, enabling Chappie to carry both games on Razor.
Next opponent was Vega Squadron. The first game was just like any professional Dota2 game you’ve watched. Eventually, Team Empire got the upper hand since they managed to mitigate SF’s impact.
Game two, however, was something different. It lasted for incredible 140 minutes! The game was completely chaotic but very enjoyable to watch. If you ask the players, however, this might not have been as pleasant of an experience for them. Eventually, Vega crumbled under pressure. Since they were exhausted, they quickly lost the Bo3 to Spirit in the losers’ finals, who had priorly defeated M19 at the start of the lower bracket.
You can watch the highlights of this epic 140 minute game on youtube.
3-0 sweep in the finals – Congratz Team Empire!
Empire was feeling confident going into the drafts once again. They showcased mentality similar to Virtus.pro – we pick what we want, and you can throw at us anything you’ve got! Puck and Razor were at core positions again, while AA was position 5 support.
If you look at the kill score, the games were pretty even. However we all know that score is just a score, and it can mean next to nothing. Team Empire had shown better knowledge of their own team composition, but also played the map much better, not giving anything away for free.
It is great to see that team that was founded way back when Dota2 was released is still performing at the top level and are able to participate in the biggest events, despite frequent roster changes.
We’d like to hereby congratulate Team Empire for their success in the long and exhausting CIS Regional Qualifier. Best of luck at The International 2017!