Virtus.pro, Ancient round off team list for EU Minor closed qualifier
The second day of the open qualifier, featuring the 16 teams who had survived the grueling opening day, saw Virtus.pro claim the first spot in the open bracket. The Polish team opened up the action with a comfortable victory over Nexus but were made to work hard to come out on top of the mouth-watering clash with Aristocracy in the quarter-final stage, coming back from 7-14 down to take the derby to overtime, in which they would come out victorious.
In the semi-finals, Virtus.pro took on ad hoc, who had defeated another Polish team, PACT, in the previous round. The Germans were simply outplayed in this best-of-three series, however, as Virtus.pro quickly dispatched their opponents, who could not even hit double digits on either map.
The qualification comes as a massive boost for Virtus.pro, who have been outside the top 50 in the rankings since February and are still trying to adjust to life without Paweł "byali" Bieliński, who stepped down from the roster last month after growing increasingly unhappy with the team's results.
Virtus.pro, who have in Janusz "Snax" Pogorzelski their only player left from the iconic squad that won the EMS One Katowice 2014 Major and ELEAGUE Season 1, will be Poland's only hope of having a team at the Major, as teams like AGO, Aristocracy, PACT and byali's MIKSTURA all failed to survive the qualifying stages.
Meanwhile, Ancient came through their side of the bracket unscathed, exacting revenge on the FrenchFrogs for the defeat in the previous qualifier, before taking down AGO and breezing past fellow Swedish side Chaos in the last-four stage.
In the closed qualifier, which will run from June-10-12, William "draken" Sundin could face two of his former teams, fnatic and GamerLegion. Just days after the tournament, Ancient will be competing at DreamHack Summer, for which they qualified by topping the Swedish qualifier.
Below you can find the 16 teams who will be competing for eight spots at the Europe Minor leading to the StarLadder Major: