There just doesn’t seem to be any stopping Team Secret as they have gone on to secure yet another Pro Circuit LAN berth with a win at the Galaxy Battles EU Qualifier. Clement ‘Puppey‘ Ivanov and his international mix of players have yet to lose in an Online Qualifier this season.
With the win, Team Secret now have qualified for every Major so far this season. They will join direct invites, Team Liquid and OG, in representing the EU region at the Galaxy Battles Major in the Philippines on January 15-21.
Galaxy Battles EU Qualifier Reinforce the Obvious
QUALIFIED FOR MAJOR 1 HOUR BEFORE MY FLIGHT TO MAJOR NICE
— Yazied Jaradat (@YapzOrdota) November 29, 2017
The results of the Galaxy Battles EU Qualifier only served to reinforce what’s already obvious; other European teams have little to no chance of qualifying for as long as any one of Team Secret, OG, and Team Liquid is also playing.
With OG and Team Liquid already receiving direct invites to the main event, Team Secret were left to play as they pleased. In fact, the only team to take a game off of them at the Galaxy Battles EU Qualifier were PENTA sports. Surprisingly enough, their series were particularly close. In fact, Team Secret struggled to pull off the win early. They had to take the game late in Games 1 and 3 just so they could advance to the next round.
GGWP, Evil Corporation! We come out victorious in the second phase of EU qualifiers for @GalaxyBattlesEN II and move on to the final. We're happy with the result, however, we remain focused – the fight for the Major continues at 7 PM CET! #dota2 #galaxybattles2 pic.twitter.com/NTsoGVIgui
— 🐧 Team Kinguin (@teamkinguin) November 29, 2017
Team Kinguin, who surprised everyone with their performance during the group stages at the Perfect World Masters, looked primed to pull off an upset against Team Secret and take the LAN spot for themselves. However, with Yeik ‘MidOne’ Nai Zheng having shaken off his apparent rust earlier against PENTA sports after taking a quick break from the team last week, the penguins simply stood no chance.
It’s not the end for Team Kinguin yet, however. They’ll have a second shot at qualifying for the first Major of 2018. They will play for one of the two Wild Card entries for the event along with CIS Qualifier runner-ups, Team Empire, and amateur Dota 2 teams, Skyville and PG.Barracx.