The Shanghai Major invites announced

 

As it was the case with the previous major - The Frankfurt Major, 8 teams have been invited to Shanghai. These 8 teams are the ones that Valve considers to have had done well enough in the period after the Frankfurt Major to deserve an invite. 
 
In the regional qualifiers, nothing changed - there are two groups and the top 2 teams from each group face-off in the playoffs to compete for two invites to the Major. This means that other 8 teams will emerge victorious from the qualifiers to join the 8 invited in Shanghai.
 
UkraineNa`Vi will have to battle their way through the European qualifier, where they face European powerhouses such as InternationalTeam Liquid and Russian FederationVega Squadron.
 
The open qualifiers will be held from the 3rd to the 6th of January, immediately followed by the regional qualifiers held from the 7th to the 10th. The teams that make it to Shanghai will have one month to prepare before the tournament starts on the 2nd of March.
 
Without much surprise the top 7 at the Frankfurt Major received an invite, with SwedenAlliance, surprisingly receiving the 8th and final invite, over names such as Team Liquid and ChinaLGD Gaming, who will have to fight in the regional qualifiers.

The list of invited teams:

International OG United States Evil Geniuses International Team Secret Sweden Alliance
       
China EHOME China CDEC Gaming China Vici Gaming Russian Federation Virtus.pro

 

The European qualifier is mostly composed of CIS teams, Team Liquid being the sole exception. The last two teams to play in the qualifier will be decided through the open qualifiers. Na`Vi will have to bring the A game to secure themselves a trip to China.

The list of participants of the European regional qualifications:

Ukraine Natus Vincere Russian Federation Team Empire Russian Federation Fantastic Five Russian Federation Team Spirit Russian Federation Vega Squadron
         
Russian Federation Elements Pro Gaming International Team Liquid Russian Federation HellRaisers Winner of open 
qualifications # 1
Winner of open  
qualifications # 2

 

In the Chinese qualifier, two former TI champions - ChinaNewbee and ChinaiG, along with LGD are the favorites to win the qualifiers, but will have to tread carefully to avoid any surprises by ChinaWings Gaming.

The list of participants of the Chinese regional qualifications:

China Newbee China Invictus Gaming.Vitality China Newbee.Young China Wings Gaming China Invictus Gaming
         
China Team Fantuan China LGD Gaming China CDEC Youth Winner of open  
qualifications # 1
Winner of open  
qualifications # 2

 

The American qualifier will, sadly, be played without the former PeruUnknown.xiu roster, the team that shocked the world making it into Frankfurt. Since then the team has split and will have to play in the open qualifiers. United StatesDigital Chaos and United StatescoL are the favorites to represent America, alongside United StatesEG in Shanghai.

The list of participants of the American regional qualifications:

United States Team Leviathan United States Digital Chaos Peru Elite Wolves United States Team Archon United States Void Boys
         
United States compLexity Gaming United States Power of Friendship United States Shazam Winner of open  
qualifications # 1
Winner of open  
qualifications # 2

 

Finally in the SEA region, PhilippinesMineski and MalaysiaFnatic hope to repeat their win in the regional qualifiers of the Frankfurt Major and secure themselves two invites to this Major, while Korea, Republic ofMVP.Phoenix look to bounce back from their disappointing post TI form and snatch an invite.

The list of participants of the regional qualification of Southeast Asia:

Korea, Republic of MVP.Phoenix Philippines TnC Gaming Thailand Signature.Trust Malaysia Fnatic Malaysia Team SatuDuaTiga
         
Philippines Execration Philippines Mineski Singapore First Departure

Winner of open  
qualifications # 1

Winner of open  
qualifications # 2

 

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