Two EU RMR open qualifiers left: Who still doesn't have a spot?
There are ten spots remaining between qualifiers three and four, and suitors aplenty.
With the third open qualifier for the PGL Antwerp EU Regional Major Ranking event set to begin, crunch time has begun for teams hoping to make it to the 32-team Major qualifier. Eight teams have already earned spots through the first two qualifiers, and the third and fourth will award ten more.
So far, HEET, AVE, OG, Dignitas, SINNERS, Spirit, Bad News Eagles, and Endpoint have secured qualification to one of the two EU RMR events. Based on the team sorting and distribution methodology, OG have furthermore lined up a spot in EU RMR A alongside the likes of Natus Vincere and Heroic.
The Big Boys
The two biggest teams who have yet to garner an RMR spot are undoubtedly BIG and fnatic. Both lineups have recently undergone some roster turmoil, with both sides fielding stand-ins. BIG used Karim "Krimbo" Moussa in place of Nils "k1to" Gruhne in qualifier two, while fnatic used Peppe "Peppzor" Borak in place of Ludvig "Brollan" Brolin on top of the recent addition of Iulian "regali" Harjău in both qualifiers.
These two sides fell in the best of one stages of the previous qualifiers, with the Germans losing to Wisla Krakow and Bad News Eagles while the Swedish-British mix fell against AVE and Strive in chaos. With stakes continuing to rise, both teams will see it as imperative to place in the top five of one of the remaining two open brackets.
The two other teams within the current top 20 without a spot are K23 and forZe. While K23 have made it deep in both qualifiers so far, forZe have yet to make it past the round of 32, being eliminated by UNPLUGG3D, who were later disqualified for cheating, and NLG.
Other strong squads who have made it close in the first two brackets are Movistar Riders, who look to run back their impressive qualification for PGL Stockholm, and Wisla Krakow, who have emerged as the strongest Polish team following the drop off of AGO.
Other Dark Horses
Some other lineups to keep a look out for in the coming days are ECSTATIC, who despite being eliminated early in both qualifiers thus far still have the skill and experience to make the top five, as well as Eternal Fire, SKADE, Sprout, and GamerLegion.
With the number of upsets, especially in the second qualifier, there are sure to be some unexpected results in the coming days, with many a heartbreak. The two qualifiers beginning on March 3 and March 5 are the only remaining opportunities for teams from Europe to qualify for the Major, as there will only be a single RMR tournament for this cycle.