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The Road to Blizzconn Europe Open Qualifier #1 was held this weekend and it produced some interesting results. The teams that will be moving onto the Round of 8 are: 

1. Fnatic 2. Gamers2 3. Team Roccat 4. Evil Murkies 5. Virtus Pro 6. Natus Vincere (Na'vi) 7. Team Spartanien 8. Meet Your Makers

 

You'll notice that Team Liquid did not make it through to the round of 8. That's because they were eliminated very early on in the tournament by Na'Vi. We've all heard the Team Liquid vs Tempo Storm dream match hype for awhile now, but does this result put a bit of a damper? Or is this more of a result of arguably the two best teams in Europe duking it out and somebody had to win? It's important to note that Team Liquid's drafting phase was extremely suspect, especially in games 2 and 3 which was partly responsible for this out come.

We also had the MSI Masters Gaming Arena NA Qualifier finals as well. In the two best of 5 matches we had Tempo Storm vs 2ARC  and Cloud 9 Maelstrom vs Cognitive .  

2ARC known for their incredibly weird drafts threw everything they had at Tempo Storm. They even managed to take a game off of them which is very rare these days. In the end though the outcome was the same with Tempo Storm emerging victorious 3 games to 1.

In the second match Cognitive really took it to Cloud 9. They made the mistake of giving Glaurung Zeratul and they were punished for it. From there they focused bans against Glaurung, putting him on non comfort picks and it really showed. Cloud 9 Maelstrom went on to take the series 3 games to 1.

Both Tempo Storm and Cloud 9 Maelstrom qualify for the main event taking place at PAX Prime.


My Power Rankings for this week are as follows:

NORTH AMERICA

1. Tempo Storm 2. Cloud 9 Maelstrom 3. Cognitive Gaming 4. 2ARC Gaming 5. Goon Squad 6. Complexity Gaming 7. Zeveron 8. Pool Plato Some Tangos

EUROPE

1. Team Liquid 2. Natus Vincere 3. Virtus Pro 4. Gamers 2 5. Fnatic 6. Evil Murkies 7. Team Roccat 8. Meet Your Makers