ELEAGUE S2 NA teams found
ELEAGUE's Season 2 team list is now complete with the addition of Immortals, SK, Echo Fox, and OpTic from the North America Closed Qualifier.
The gears for ELEAGUE Season 2 went into motion in late August with an official announcement which made several changes to the league, such as trimming the teams list from 24 teams to 16 teams and also changing the group stages to a double elimination format rather than the two-stage seeding system.
The second season also ushered in a series of open qualifiers in both Europe and North America, with an eventual lead-up to closed qualifiers to determine four spots for each region (in addition to the top eight finishing teams from the first season).
With the European region finishing its closed qualifer last week, the North America qualifier kicked off soon afterwards and the round-of-sixteen quickly saw participating teams from Season 1 get knocked out such as compLexity, CLG, and Selfless.
Echo Fox claimed the ELEAGUE Season 2 spot from Liquid
With the round-of-eight in effect determining the four teams to advance to ELEAGUE Season 2, the first series saw Immortals grind out TSM 2-0 across two rather closely contested maps (16-14 on Mirage and 16-10 on Cobblestone).
Those looking for a close series finally received a treat when Echo Fox took on Liquid as, following a 16-11 victory for Liquid on Mirage and a 16-9 sweep for Echo Fox on Nuke, the decider map of Dust2 saw Spencer "Hiko" Martin & co. let slip an eight round lead (12-4) as a Shahzeb "ShahZaM" Khan-powered Echo Fox took the final map 16-13.
The final series between OpTic and Renegades featured two close maps, with Cache seeing OpTic (using Peter "stanislaw" Jarguz instead of Damian "daps" Steele in what is presumably a long term change) nearly squander a 13-2 first half but ultimately close out the map 16-13. Despite a 10-5 halftime lead on Dust2, Renegades also fell on their map pick with OpTic claiming another 16-13 win and becoming the final qualifying team.
The full team list for ELEAGUE Season 2 is:
ELEAGUE Season 2 kicks off on October 21 and runs up until December 3 with $1.4 million in prize money on the line.
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