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How Can Alliance, Team Liquid, Team Nigma, OG and Tundra Esports Make It to the Major?

Rakshak Kathuria
23/Feb/2021 11:20 am

Alliance (2nd), Team Liquid (3rd), Team Nigma (3rd), OG (5th) and Tundra Esports (6th) are the five teams in the EU DPC League that can make it to the Singapore Major.
Here is a look at the Major qualification scenarios for each of these five teams as only three slots remain.
While Team Secret has already qualified to the Major, Vikin.gg and High Coast Esports finish in the bottom two and will be relegated to the Lower Division in the next DPC season.

While Team Secret is comfortably sitting on the top of the points table in the EU DPC 2021 Season 1: Upper Division with a confirmed Major slot, we are witnessing fierce competition for the remaining three slots. While Alliance is placed at the second spot followed by Team Liquid, Team Nigma, OG, and Tundra Esports, all these teams still have a chance of joining Secret in Singapore. Unfortunately for Vikin.gg and High Coast Esports, they are now confirmed as the bottom two teams and will be playing in the Lower Division in the next season.

Let us look at the Major qualification scenarios for each of Alliance, Team Liquid, Team Nigma, OG, and Tundra Esports. 

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Alliance, Team Liquid, Team Nigma, OG and Tundra Esports’ Major Qualification Scenarios

Only three series remain to be played in the EU 2021 DPC Season 1: Upper Division. On February 23, Team Nigma plays against High Coast Esports in the first series followed by Team Liquid facing off against Alliance. On February 24, the EU DPC group stage will end with a banger as Team Secret takes on OG. 

Points table of EU DPC 2021 Season 1: Upper Division.Points table of EU DPC 2021 Season 1: Upper Division on February 23, before the series between Team Nigma and High Coast Esports.
Image Via Liquipedia

Alliance

After not getting a direct invite to the EU 2021 DPC Season 1: Upper Division, Alliance showcased its true potential and, deservingly, is currently placed at the number two spot with four wins and two series.

To qualify for the Singapore Major, Alliance needs the following: 

  • Beat Team Liquid in their last series.
  • If they lose to Team Liquid and either Nigma or OG or both of them lose against High Coast and Secret, they qualify.
  • If they lose to Team Liquid and both Team Nigma and OG win against High Coast and Secret, there will be a four-way tiebreaker among Alliance, Nigma, OG, and Liquid for the three remaining slots. Alliance will need to finish in the top three to qualify for the Major.

Team Liquid

Team Liquid is placed at the number three spot with three wins and three series. 

To qualify for the Singapore Major, Team Liquid needs the following: 

  • Beat Alliance in their last series and either Nigma or OG or both of them lose against High Coast and Secret.
  • If they win against Alliance and both Nigma and OG also win against High Coast and Secret, there will be a four-way tiebreaker among Alliance, Nigma, OG and Liquid for the three remaining slots. Liquid will need to finish in the top three to qualify for the Major.
  • If they lose to Alliance and either Nigma or OG lose to High Coast and Secret, there will be a three-way tiebreaker among Liquid, Nigma/OG and Tundra Esports for one remaining slot. Liquid will need to win the tiebreaker to qualify.
  • If they lose to Alliance and Nigma and OG also lose to High Coast and Secret, there will be a four-way tiebreaker among Liquid, Nigma, OG and Tundra Esports for two remaining slots. Liquid will need to finish in the top two in the tiebreaker to qualify for the Major.

Team Nigma

Team Nigma lost momentum in the middle stages of the tournament when they lost three series in a row but still have a solid chance of making it to the Major. They are also positioned at the number three spot with three wins and three losses.

To qualify for the Singapore Major, Team Nigma needs the following: 

  • Beat High Coast Esports in their last series and either Liquid or OG or both of them lose their series against Alliance and Secret.
  • If they win against High Coast and both Liquid and OG also win against Alliance and Secret, there will be a four-way tiebreaker among Alliance, Nigma, OG and Liquid for the three remaining slots. Nigma will need to finish in the top three to qualify for the Major.
  • If they lose to High Coast and either Liquid or OG lose to Alliance and Secret, there will be a three-way tiebreaker among Nigma, Liquid/OG and Tundra Esports for one remaining slot. Nigma will need to win the tiebreaker to qualify.
  • If they lose to High Coast and Liquid and OG also lose to Alliance and Secret, there will be a four-way tiebreaker among Liquid, Nigma, OG and Tundra Esports for two remaining slots. Nigma will need to finish in the top two in the tiebreaker to qualify for the Major.

OG

After a loss in the clinical series against Liquid, OG is placed at the number five spot with three wins and three losses. 

To qualify for the Singapore Major, OG needs the following:

  • Beat Team Secret in their last series, and either Liquid or Nigma loses their series against Alliance and High Coast respectively.
  • If they win against Secret and both Liquid and Nigma also win against Alliance and High Coast, there will be a four-way tiebreaker among Alliance, Nigma, OG, and Liquid for the three remaining slots. OG will need to finish in the top three to qualify for the Major.
  • If they lose to Secret and either Liquid or Nigma lose to Alliance and High Coast, there will be a three-way tiebreaker among OG, Liquid/Nigma, and Tundra Esports for one remaining slot. OG will need to win the tiebreaker to qualify.
  • If they lose to Secret and Liquid and Nigma also lose to Alliance and High Coast Esports, there will be a four-way tiebreaker among Liquid, Nigma, OG, and Tundra Esports for two remaining slots. OG will need to finish in the top two in the tiebreaker to qualify for the Major.

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Tundra Esports

Tundra Esports has no remaining series left and bank upon the remaining matches’ results to go their way. They are currently placed at the number six spot with three wins and four losses. 

To qualify for the Singapore Major, Tundra Esports needs the following:

  • If Liquid, Nigma, and OG lose to Alliance, High Coast, and Secret, respectively, there will be a four-way tiebreaker among Liquid, Nigma, OG, and Tundra Esports for two remaining slots. Tundra will need to finish in the top two in the tiebreaker to qualify for the Major.
  • If out of Liquid, Nigma, and OG, any two teams lose their series, there will be a three-way tiebreaker among Tundra and the two teams that lost the series for one remaining slot. Tundra will need to win the tiebreaker to qualify for the Major. 

Summary

Alliance has the best chance of finishing in the top four as a win in the series against Liquid means they are through to the Major. Even if they lose, they are still guaranteed tiebreakers. Liquid, Nigma and OG all have similar chances of going to the Major since they are tied up in W-L. In such a case, a win in their respective series will likely be a big boost. Nigma has the easiest matchup as they play High Coast who sit at the bottom of the table, followed by Liquid who will likely have a hard series against Alliance, and finally OG, who has the toughest opponent in the form of Secret. Tundra Esports has an outside chance as they can still go to Singapore via the tiebreakers. 

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Rakshak is an undergrad, an inquisitive person who likes to acquire information and knowledge of varied sectors with a knack of reading on e-sports, specifically Dota 2.