Top performing teams missed the cut
Valve announced the direct invites for the tournament of the year—- The International 2016. The most talked about tournament brought an early bombshell for the fans. Valve made a significant cut in the numbers of their direct invites for the said tournament. Only six teams were fortunate to receive a sure spot in TI6.
OG, Team Liquid, Natus Vincere, Newbee, LGD Gaming and MVP Phoenix secured direct invites from Valve. Top performing teams like Team Secret and Evil Geniuses missed the cut due to their eleventh-hour roster switch that fell outside Valve’s fixed transfer window. Both teams are to compete in the open qualifiers for their roster lock violations. EG holds the Aegis of the Champions for winning The International 2015. This marked in the competitive scene’s history that the defending champions have the longest possible road to defend their title.
OG is an expected invitee after winning two Major victories and grabbing the title at ESL One a few days ago. Team Liquid is also one of the top performing teams with their consistent second place finishes in high-profile tournaments and the title at Epicenter.
Natus Vincere was able to place well in tournaments earlier this year and showcased top performing plays on LAN. Newbee had a record-breaking undefeated run on a handful of tournaments prior to their encounter with OG.
LGD Gaming and MVP Phoenix were teams that performed on par with OG and Team Liquid, as they managed to be on top four from any official LAN to the next official LAN. Their strong records on LAN made a substantial weigh on the factors of Valve’s selection process.
The top-performing teams that didn’t receive their golden ticket to The International 2016 have to go through the regional qualifiers where they were invited instead. The regional qualifiers have two open spots that will be filled with winners on open qualifiers that will take place this week.
Top two teams from each regional qualifier will make it to The International group stages, with teams placed third will have to compete for the wildcard slots.