The third major of the Dota Pro Circuit (DPC) 2019/20 will take place completely without German participation. After Alliance lost in the final of the Starladder Minors Team Aster from China, the last German hope for LA is out.
German players fail in Kiev
Hopes for German players at the third Major of the season in Los Angeles had already been greatly reduced before the Minor in Kiev. Both Kuro “KuroKy” Salehi Takhasomi and Max “qojqva” Bröcker had failed with Nigma and Team Liquid respectively in the Western Europe (EU) region.
In the Ukraine, three Germans still had the chance of a last-minute ticket. Especially Adrian “Fata” Trinks with Alliance was considered a high favourite, after all, he had previously won against KuroKy and qojqva. But Leon “Nine” Kirilin and Maurice “KheZu” Gutmann, who competed with the North American teams Business Associates (ex-J.Storm) and Cr4zy, were also considered outsiders.
Despite numerous hopefuls, there was nothing to celebrate for the German scene in Kiev. Nine and KheZu already had to start their journey home after the group phase. Alliance managed to fight their way to the final, but there they lost clearly 1:3 after Maps to the Chinese from Team Aster, who are now on their way to LA.
Los Angeles without German participation
This makes ESL One Los Angeles the third major in history without German players on site. With the exception of Changsha (2018) and Frankfurt (2015), there was always at least one German player on site.
However, there is still no reason to start the farewell to the German scene. After all, Team Liquid, Alliance and even the business associates are still in the top 10 of the current world ranking list and would thus be directly qualified for The International 2020.
For Nigma and the most successful German professional KuroKy, however, things are getting tight. With only 170 DPC points, the runners-up for the last two majors are under pressure and urgently need to score.
Team Liquid still in Los Angeles
Although Team Liquid missed out on qualifying for the Major in Los Angeles, the team around qojqva still has a trip to the States. Liquid will be playing in The Summit 12, where six invited teams, including Major participants Evil Geniuses, Thunder Predator and Fnatic, will compete for $150,000 as a foretaste of the Major’s start.
The Summit 12 starts today at 5pm German time.
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