Astana Dragons have qualified for ESWC 2013 after defeating KerchNET 2-0 (16-7 de_nuke_se, 16-6 de_mirage_ce) in the grand final of the Ukrainian qualifier.
ESWC Ukraine was held yesterday in ASUS CyberZone in Kiev. Astana Dragons and KerchNET were the obvious favourites from the start, as the ESWC 2010 champions Natus Vincere chose not to participate.
Both of the favourites have won their respective groups and easily got past the quarter-final. In the semi-final, Astana Dragons ruled out Lan Dodgers, while KerchNET bested Faith to make it an expected grand final.
There, Sergey "Fox" Stolyarov's new team could not match his former teammates from Astana Dragons, who won the ESWC slot without a paid trip after two comfortable maps.
With the addition of Astana Dragons, the participants list for ESWC 2013 is:
|C3 Gaming||ATE Gaming|
| Astana Dragons
There are still four qualifiers left to be played before October 30th, when ESWC 2013 will start during Paris Games Week with $25,000 up for grabs.