Renegades, NRG, OpTic, Luminosity invited to StarSeries S5 NA closed qualifier
Four teams invited to the playoff stage of the StarSeries i-League S5 closed qualifier for North America have been announced, alongside the playoff bracket draw.
Joining teams that made it through the closed qualifier group stage, such as Rogue and Complexity, will be four teams based in North America, but only one of them consisting of majorly North American players.
Renegades and NRG are the two heavy-hitting invites, as both teams sit in the top 20 of our rankings, while Luminosity and OpTic will both be looking for a first LAN appearance with their new-look squads. OpTic's big shuffle that saw them bring over three Danish players hasn't been bringing the desired results, while the Brazilian side has just revealed the additions of Lucas "steel" Lopes and Rafael "zakk" Fernandes, formerly of Immortals.
The single-elimination, BO3 bracket will kick off today with the first two matches of the quarter-finals, with the second two following tomorrow:
|NRG||vs. Swole Patrol|
Only the best team from the North American region will qualify for the LAN event, which will feature 16 teams in total. Currently, only mousesports, the winners of the previous StarSeries i-League season, and HellRaisers, the champions of the Bets.net Masters, are currently confirmed for the $300,000 tournament in Kiev, Ukraine.