The TI winner curse has hit OG
The European Regional Qualifiers for the Chongqing Major is still ongoing, and it has already delivered its biggest disappointment. OG has been eliminated from the qualifiers, thereby losing their chance to appear at the Chongqing Major.
They were paired in Group B, along with Team Secret and Alliance. OG, who had Pajkatt playing for them in Ana's place, lost both of their first series against Alliance by 0-2 and won the next series against Hippomaniacs by 2-0. In the decider match, they lost to Alliance yet again, by 1-2. They placed 3rd in their group of four, thus being eliminated. The group was topped by Team Secret, while Alliance secured the second position.
In Group A, there was another surprise as Ninjas in Pajamas were eliminated too. They surprisingly lost to both, The Final Tribe and Vega Squadron. The Group A was topped by Liquid, with The Final Tribe finishing second.
This does not bode well for OG. They decided to skip the first round of the Dota Pro Circuit, forgoing the DreamLeague Minor and the Kuala Lumpur Major in favor of a post-TI8 vacation. With only five Majors and Minors this year, OG only have three more Majors to play. Now they, along with Ninjas In Pajamas will have to play in the qualifiers for the Bucharest Minor. Only if they win the Minor will they have a slot at the Chongqing Major.
The European Qualifiers further continued with Team Secret, Liquid, The Final Tribe and Alliance making it to the playoffs. Liquid and Team Secret have made it to the upper bracket finals, while Alliance and The Final Tribe will fight for their dear lives in the lower bracket elimination match. Alliance lost to Liquid 0-2 and The Final Tribe lost to Team Secret 0-2.