Misfits and Team Liquid secure the final Major Qualifier spots at the Americas Minor
Two North American teams will continue on to the main offline qualifier for the Boston Major.
Misfits and Liquid are en route to the Major Offline Qualifier from Jan. 12 to 15 after placing first and second at the eight-team Americas Minor. Liquid took first place, giving them the No. 1 North American seed, while Misfits took second place to secure the No. 2 seed.
Misfits went 2-1 in the group stage and later surprised Liquid and CLG in the playoff bracket. Their semifinal match against Liquid came down to map three Mirage, where Misfits emerged victorious thanks to a strong defensive half. In the winners final vs. CLG, they mounted two crazy comebacks on both Cobblestone (5-10 to 16-13) and Mirage (4-12 to 16-14) to send CLG to the losers bracket and punch their ticket to their first offline grand final of the year.
After losing to Misfits in the semifinals, Liquid made a quick losers bracket run, defeating compLexity Gaming and CLG in the process. Their victory over CLG gave them the final qualifier spot for the major, and it also put them in the finals of the minor, where they got vengeance for their 2-1 series loss to Misfits yesterday. Liquid absolutely dominated map two Train 16-4 and map three Mirage 16-7 to earn the No. 1 seed and to give Misfits the No. 2 seed.
Misfits and Liquid have finalized a strong list of teams ready to attend the Major Qualifier, where they'll compete among 14 other contenders for a spot in the major—Cloud9, FlipSid3 Tactics, G2 Esports, Natus Vincere, Mousesports, FaZe Clan, Vega Squadron, former PENTA Sports, Avangar, Quantum Bellator Fire, Renegades, and TyLoo.
Competition in the ELEAGUE Major: Boston tournament series will continue at the Major Qualifier in January.