Wfox, TSM, WaR to Americas Minor
Winterfox, TSM, and Without a Roof are the three North American teams advancing to the MLG Americas Minor following successful campaigns during the online North America qualifier.
Approximately 128 teams dueled it out in the preliminary bracket of the North America qualifier (which was hosted by CEVO) in the hopes of making it to the Championship bracket, to which eight teams had already been invited.
The championship bracket thus opened with 16 teams playing double elimination games (best-of-three upper bracket and best-of-one lower bracket) and some early and notable dropouts included Sean "seang@res" Gares's Echo Fox squad (losing to Detonate in the round-of-eight and then Mostly Homeless in the lower bracket) as well as Complexity, who forfeited both of their games due to travelling players.
anger powered Winterfox to a Minor qualification
The first team to taste success and qualification for the MLG Americas Minor were Winterfox, who triumphed 2-0 over Detonate in the upper bracket semifinal (16-5 on Overpass and 16-13 on Mirage) and thus booked a trip to the Minor (the Winterfox organisation's second Americas Minor attendance to date).
The next team to qualify for the Americas Minor were TSM, a Canadian-American team including the likes of Kory "SEMPHIS" Friesen and Pujan "FNS" Mehta as well as up-and-coming youngsters such as Russel "Twistzz" Van Dulken and Hunter "SicK" Mims.
With the team having recently settled in to a team house in the Las Vegas area, their upper bracket semifinal against Prospects went through without a hitch, as TSM won Cobblestone 16-12 and Mirage 16-3.
The final qualification game was round five of the lower bracket and it was a best-of-one match between Without a Roof (the ECS League team who were previously known as Obey.Alliance and who have recently been including the antediluvian Kyle "OCEAN" O'Brien himself as an unofficial fifth) and the lesser known RivaL team.
The list for the MLG Americas Minor is now complete and looks as follows:
|BigGods||Winterfox||TSM||Without a Roof|
As with other Minors, these eight teams will head to the MLG Arena in Columbus, Ohio from May 19-22 to fight over $50,000 and two spots to the ESL One Cologne 2016 Major qualifier.
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