Gambit Esports and Positive Guys are the latest teams to have qualified for the MDL Chengdu Major, which is set to take place on November 16-24 in China.
The top CIS Dota 2 teams competed valiantly to see who would make it to the first Valve Major of the new DPC season. The 10 teams were split into two groups, where they all had to play each other in a best-of-two round-robin format.
Somewhat surprisingly, both Gambit and Positive Guys were able to outperform the usually dominant CIS squads of Natus Vincere and Virtus Pro.
On the first day of the qualifiers, HellRaisers performed well, defeating Viet Flashbacks. They then tied with Ilya “Illidan” Pivcaev and Ivan “VANSKOR” Skorokhod’s Old but Gold (gOLD) stack.
Over in Group B, Gambit, Positive Guys, and Jfshfh178 all went undefeated and tied for the top spot during Day 1.
On the following day of qualifiers for Group A, both gOLD and HellRaisers continued to perform well. HellRaisers were able to upset the new Virtus Pro roster, which went 4-4 record to finish the group stage.
In Group B, Positive Guys and Gambit took the top spots with both teams finishing with 5-1 records during the group stage. Surprisingly, Natus Vincere fell into fourth place with a 2-6 record.
At the start of the playoff stage, team Positive Guys led by Andrey “Ghostik” Kadyk managed to beat HellRaisers in a convincing 2-0 win, and advanced to the upper bracket final.
In the following playoff match, Gambit was able to defeat gOLD 2-0 and was one series away from qualifying for the Major.
The first team out of the CIS region to secure their invite to the MDL Chengdu Major was Gambit, who defeated Positive Guys in the winners final match of the playoffs.
The second slot of the MDL Chengdu Major was earned by Positive Guys after they beat gOLD during the losers final match.