Rising from the ashes: Team Fire qualifies for ESL One at New York Super Week

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We are now just two weeks away from the start of ESL One at New York Super Week and the regional qualifiers are finishing up. The North American qualifier finals concluded last night, and it was Team Fire who were victorious against TI5 participants Complexity Gaming - you can check out the full qualifier bracket in the graphic below.

For those not familiar with Team Fire, the North Americans are actually the rebranded Sneaky Nyx Assassins squad that managed to qualify for ESL One New York in 2014. Since then, the team has undergone quite a few roster changes, but Fluffnstuff and whiteBeard will be making their second ESL One appearances and are looking to get past the quarterfinals.

This time around Cloud9 won’t be standing in their way, as they lost out to Digital Chaos in the qualifiers, who in turn got beaten by Team Fire. The latter series was the only one where Fire dropped a single game. The finals were a 3-0 affair versus compLexity Gaming, but aside from the first game, the series was a lot closer than the score indicates as the two teams were part of one of the longest games in history - a 91-minute dogfight where neither team wanted to give an inch until Fire finally managed to take the commanding lead in the series.

Now that we’ve confirmed the second North American team for ESL One at New York Super Week, only the Chinese qualifiers remain. You can find the remaining qualifier schedule and stream links over at the joinDOTA New York hub, and be sure to follow @ESLDota2 and the ESL Dota 2 Facebook page to get the latest ESL One at New York Super Week news and updates.