The regional qualifiers for Dota 2's The International 11 (TI11) have finally concluded, defying expectations as Entity completed an undefeated run through TI11's Western European qualifier, culminating with a 3-0 sweep over Team Secret in the grand finals on Sunday (18 September).
Entity's victory secured them a spot in the Group Stage of TI11, this year's iteration of Dota 2's annual world championship tournament, which will be hosted in Singapore this October.
Meanwhile, Secret and Team Liquid will still fly to Singapore, but will have to earn their place in TI11 through the Last Chance Qualifier (LCQ) as the second and third-placed teams of the tournament's Western European regional qualifier.
How the WEU qualifiers unfolded
Entity looked unstoppable throughout the Western European qualifier.
The team started their campaign by sweeping Alliance before routing Secret in their first encounter at the upper bracket semifinals. They then swept Liquid to earn their spot in the grand finals.
After getting knocked down to the lower bracket, Secret defeated Nigma Galaxy, Into The Breach, and Team Liquid in three-straight 2-1 slugfests to earn a rematch with Entity for a spot in TI11's Group Stage.
Entity came out swinging to start the finals, as they absolutely bulldozed Secret in a 22-minute stomp.
Ivan "Pure" Moskalenko on Morphling and Daniel "Stormstormer" Schoetzau on Invoker combined for a clean 11 kills to pace their team's 21-5 kill lead in game one.
Game two was another one-sided affair, as Entity forced the GG call from Secret after 33 minutes to take a commanding 2-0 series lead.
Pure and Stormstormer shone once again as they reprised their heroes from game one. Pure notched a game-high seven kills against one death while Stormstormer had a clean six kills to pace Entity's 21-9 kill lead in game two.
With their backs agains the wall in game three, Secret put up a much better fight. Unfortunately, it was not enough as Entity completed the 3-0 sweep after a 43-minute rout.
Pure's Shadow Fiend led the way for Entity, finishing with a perfect 10-kill, seven-assist record and 30,000 net worth. Stormstormer also had a standout performance on his mid Visage, notching nine kills against one death.
Entity are now the fourth Western European team to have qualified for TI11's Group Stage, joining directly-invited teams OG, Tundra Esports, and Gaimin Gladiators.
TI11's regional qualifiers were held from 3 to 17 September across the DPC's six regions: Western Europe, China, Eastern Europe, Southeast Asia, North America, and South America. The qualifiers were played in three batches, with two regions playing in each batch.
The first batch of qualifiers took place from 3 to 7 September, with BetBoom Team winning the Eastern European qualifier and Hokori emerging victorious in the South American qualifier.
The second batch of qualifiers from 8 to 12 September featured China and North America, with Royal Never Give Up winning the Chinese qualifier and Soniqs Esports winning the North American qualifier.
Finally, the last batch of qualifiers for Western Europe and Southeast Asia were held from 13 to 17 September. Talon Esports won the Southeast Asian qualifier.
Three teams will fly to Singapore out of each qualifier. The winner of the qualifier will earn a spot in TI11's Group Stage while the second and third-placed teams will have to earn their spot in the LCQ.
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Ivan "Pure" Moskalenko on Morphling
Daniel "Stormstormer" Schoetzau
Tobias "Tobi" Buchner
Vladislav "Kataomi`" Semenov
Dzmitry "Fishman" Palishchuk
Team Secret roster:
Remco "Crystallis" Arets
Michal "Nisha" Jankowski
Roman "Resolut1on" Fominok
Bakyt "Zayac" Emilzhanov
Clement "Puppey" Ivanov
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