Alliance beat Team Empire to qualify for WCA 2015
After a long week of many open qualifier games, Alliance has come out victorious, securing their place at the World Cyber Arena 2015. With only the top team being offered a place at the LAN in China, Alliance denied Team Empire's hopes by beating them 2-1.
Along with their victory in the European qualifier for the Frankfurt Major, Alliance have two great opportunities to show they are back before the end of 2015. The TI3 champions have had a rocky time for most of this year, but since finalising their roster during the post-TI5 roster reshuffle, they have been much more consistent.
As for Team Empire, they will not be able to attend an premiere international LAN in 2015, as they have failed to qualify for any. They have had a very rough time since TI5 after finishing 9th-12th in Seattle, they took longer than most to lock in their roster, which meant that they were forced to compete in the open qualifier for Frankfurt. Failing to make it out of that, they have made no headway since.
Despite a few solid first places at LANs at the beginning of this year, Empire have not managed to make real impact outside of Europe. They are still settling into their roster, so maybe we will see them pick up the pace in the new year.
Although only Alliance will be invited to China, the qualifier provided some cash prize money for the top places to compensate them for their efforts.
1st $8000 - Alliance
2nd $3000 - Team Empire
3rd $1500 - Stark eSports
The bracket for the teams that made the top end of the open qualifier is as follows:
The LAN event in China run from December 17-21.