Possible Challenger Teams for the 2017 ELEAGUE Major

Sixteen international teams have a shot at competing in the 2017 ELEAGUE major.

Online and regional qualifiers for the 2017 ELEAGUE Major have decided the 16 teams that will participate in the main offline qualifier from Dec. 15-18 in Atlanta, Georgia. The offline qualifier will be held in the ELEAGUE Arena, and will host international teams from the North American, European, CIS, and Asian regions.

Eight of the teams in atttendance were automatically given spots in the qualifier because of their ninth through 16th finishes at the recent ESL One Cologne major in July. Meanwhile, two teams from each of the four regions have taken the final eight spots for a shot at the ELEAGUE Major. Here are all the teams that have made it to the qualifier. The teams have been classified based on their continent of residence.

Qualified Through ESL One Cologne 2016

  • G2 Esports (EU)
  • Team EnVyUs (EU)
  • Mousesports (EU)
  • Ninjas in Pyjamas (EU)
  • Team Dignitas (EU)
  • FaZe Clan (EU)
  • OpTic Gaming (NA)
  • Counter Logic Gaming (NA)

Qualified Through the Americas Minor

  • Cloud9 (NA)
  • Immortals (SA)

Qualified Through the European Minor

  • HellRaisers (EU) 

Qualified Through the CIS Minor

  • Team Spirit (EU)
  • Vega Squadron (EU)

Qualified Through the Asia Minor

  • TyLoo (AS)
  • Renegades (AS)

Only eight of these teams will continue on to the ELEAGUE Major in January 2017. As challengers, they will compete in the group stages of the major against other teams who have maintained their Legend status (first through eighth place finishes). Based on their respective placings, the teams who are already considered Legends are:

  • SK Gaming (SA)
  • Team Liquid (NA)
  • Virtus.pro (EU)
  • Astralis (EU)
  • FlipSid3 Tactics (EU)
  • Natus Vincere (EU)
  • Gambit Esports (EU)

Which teams do you think will qualify for the ELEAGUE Major in January? Let us know your thoughts below or with a tweet @GAMURScom.

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