While the European region is perhaps the most stacked (rivaled only by China), the direct invites to the Upper Division are unlikely to surprise fans:
With roster-locks due on January 5, which is when the Open Qualifiers for the region will begin, fans of OG may be wondering whether or not Anathan "Ana" Pham will make a triumphant return for a third run at the Aegis. In previous years, Ana has tended to join the team late in the season (whether out of necessity, as was the case in 2018, or due to taking an extended break, as was the case in 2019).
At the time of publication, only Topias "Topson" Taavitsainen and Martin "Saksa" Sazdov had registered with the squad officially.
Team Liquid has already registered with the expected roster, while Team Secret and Nigma are currently unregistered.
DreamLeague has not revealed who the teams invited directly to the closed qualifier or "Decider tournament" are, though, in the official announcement, the organization indicates that all invited teams have received official communication.
Teams competing in the Open Qualifier will be eligible for the Lower Division, with the top two teams from each qualifier earning their invitation.
The Decider tournament will run January 7-10, with a double-elimination bracket. The top four teams will qualify for the Upper Division, while the lower four head to the Lower Division.
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