The North American Qualifiers for the Season 2 World Championships will be held at PAX Prime, North Amercia's largest and most prestigious gaming exhibition. After the conclusion of MLG Raleigh, the top 8 teams in North America have been decided, and will face off against each other in a Best of 1, single elimination format, which will take no prisoners. Every team will have to be on the top of their game, to place top 3 in the regionals, qualifying for the Season 2 World Finals, and to be a part of the Season 3 Championships.
1st Seed: Team SoloMid
Considered to be the most dominant force in North America, TSM has been stampeding through every LAN event after their roster switch. They are a team who sticks with tried and tested strategies, even copying and mastering strategies from Azubu Blaze and Moscow 5 . TSM will look to overpower opponents with their solid game play and teamfighting. Will any team figure out how to beat them?
Shan 'Chaox' Huang – AD
Brian 'TheOddOne' Wyllie – Jungle
Andy 'Reginald' Dinh – AP
Alex 'Xpecial' Chu – Support
Marcus 'Dyrus' Hill – Top
2nd Seed: CounterLogic Gaming
The former powerhouse of the North American scene has been in a slump recently, getting dominated by foreign teams in consecutive games, most recently losing straight games to Invictus Gaming and Azubu Frost . However, they will be back on their home turf for this tournament, and will be highly confident against the local teams which they consider inferior to the Asian teams. Will they be good enough to topple TSM's dominance in LAN? Only time will tell.
George 'HotshotGG' Georgallidis – Jungle
Steve ' Chauster' Chau – Support
Peter 'Doublelift' Peng – AD
Joe 'Voyboy' Esfahani – Top
3rd Seed: Team Dignitas
Dignitas seemed to be the only team who benefited from the huge "tri -swap" which happened months ago. With Crumbzz showing great adaptation skills at the top lane, he will be one of the most versatile top laners with his wide array of champion picks. Always the perennial 3rd/4th place in major offline tournaments, will Dignitas be able to go one step ahead and clinch the championship? Will they have any special strategies up their sleeves to catch every team off guard? Dignitas will definitely look to perform well in this tournament, especially after the fiasco which happened during MLG Raleigh.
William 'scarra' Li – AP
Michael 'imaqtpie' Santana – AD
Christian ' I Will Dominate' Rivera – Jungle
Alberto 'crumbzz' Rengifo – Top
Jordan 'Patoy' Blackburn – Support
4th Seed: Curse Gaming
Backed by one of the biggest gaming organizations in the world, Curse Gaming boasts three top players with major competetive honours under their belt. In such a huge tournament, it can be safe to say that they will be one of the favourites to get a top 4 placing in the regionals. Anything less will be considered a failure due to the amount of time and money invested into this team. Will the Curse gaming mansion be the catalyst to their success? All we know, is that Curse will not be going out without a fight.
Jacky 'Nyjacky' Wang – AP
Cody 'Elementz' Sigfusson – Support
David 'Cop' Roberson – AD
Brandon 'saintvicious' DiMarco – Jungle
Jonathan 'Westrice' Nguyen – Top
5th Seed: TSM.Evo
TSM.Evo are a team with a rich competitive history, with their prime in 2010/2011. With their new lineup, will they be able to live up to their initial hype? After the most recent roster changes, TSM.Evo will have to spend more time practicing and getting more synergy with their new teammates. Fans will hope that Salce be able to live up to his former reputation and carry the team on his shoulders. Being one of the pioneer AP carries who used Vladimir and Kennen, we can definitely look forward to see some interesting AoE teamcomps! TSM.Evo will definitely stand a chance to get a podium finish in this tournament with their experience, and calibre of players.
Trevor 'Salce' Salce – AP
Nhat 'Nhat Nguyen' Nguyen – Support
Johnny 'Unstoppable' Tran – Jungle
Daryl 'wingsofdeathx' Hennegan – Top
Brandon 'DontMashMe' Phan – AD
6th Seed: Team Dynamic
Team Dynamic is a young up-and-coming team which has the history and pedigree of beating big name teams such as Dignitas and most memorably, Moscow Five. They will come to PAX Prime with their original jungler NitendudeX, who will bring his unorthodox super aggressive junglers to the competetive fray. Team Dynamic has always performed decently in tournaments, but never getting into the top 3. PAX Prime will be a good opportunity for them to break their curse, and secure their future in competetive gaming.
Eric 'ParadoXical' Lomore – AP
David 'Pixel' Zarinski – Support
Joshua 'NintendudeX' Atkins – Jungle
Darshanl 'ZionSpartan' Upadhyaha – Top
Derek 'zig' Shao – AD
7th Seed: Team Legion
Team Legion has been shocking teams all over the country with their stellar performances in MLG Raleigh and IPL Faceoff! Known for their cheese strategies, this will be one of the trickiest teams to play against in the Best-of-1 format. With Chaox recently praising Demumlul as one of the top 5 AD carries in America, this team seems to be filled with promise! Will Legion be able to pull out more tricks and upset CounterLogic Gaming in the first round?
Neil 'PR0LLY' Hammad – AP
Alex 'iNoobish' Mata – Support
Tyler 'Lautemortis' Nicholls – Jungle
Cruz 'CruzertherBruzer' Ogden – Top
Jon 'Demunlul ' McCulloch – AD
8th Seed: mMe.Ferus
Formerly known as mTw.NA, mMe.Ferus will have a tough start, facing off favourites and powerhouse team, Team SoloMid in the first round. Known for being extremely innovative with their introduction of Leona - Jarvan bottom and Nunu solo top, they will be hoping to knock TSM off their perch, and gain qualification to the Season 2 World Finals.
Zachary 'mandatorycloud' Hoschar – AP
Jake 'Muffinqt' Lowry – Support
Jake 'Xmithie' Puchero – Jungle
An 'Balls' Le – Top
Zaqueri 'Aphromoo' Black – AD
Source: Riot Games