Team Lithium To Replace Team Liquid At DreamLeague S10
Posted 18th October 2018 By: Derpina    506 Views
Esports News – Europe’s heavy-favorite Team Liquid withdrew their participation at the DreamLeague Season 10, the first minor tournament of the 2018-19 Dota Pro Circuit (DPC) season. The team confirmed their announcement on Twitter, citing health-related concerns as the main reason. Due to this unfortunate turn of events, Team Lithium will step in and claim the open spot.
Team Liquid’s 2018 run
Team Liquid are The International 7 champions, but they were unsuccessful in their recent TI8 campaign. They also failed to qualify for the Kuala Lumpur Major after losing Lasse “MATUMBAMAN” Urpalainen in the line-up, and at the same time, it was also reported that Liquid’s long-time coach Seung Gon “Heen” Lee stepped down from his position. Regardless of his hiatus or permanent leave from the team, Heen clarified the health-related issues about MATUMBAMAN via stream, saying: “I’ve been told the health issue is not that serious, it’s not like someone has cancer or anything. Players do have to grind a lot so I think it’s not a disease, they’re not sick, it’s more like they probably were told by their doctors to take a proper break.
After missing out on a qualification spot for the Kuala Lumpur Major due to a series of defeats against Team Secret (2:0) and Team Lithium (2:1), Team Liquid were still qualified for the DreamLeague Season 10 after beating Mango Bay (2:0) and getting revenge over Team Lithium (2:1) in the next qualifier. MATUMBAMAN’s position was filled in by Roman “rmN-” Paley during the tournament.
Team Lithium’s placement
Team Lithium came fourth in the qualifiers, standing behind MangoBay. The 3rd-place team recently disbanded, missing out on the opportunity. This is the biggest shot for the team yet since Lithium is still a newly-established European team, having been assembled by Valve on September 12 of this year. They previously made appearances on The Kuala Lumpur Major Europe Open Qualifier, ESL One Hamburg 2018 Europe Open Qualifier, and GG.Bet Invitational Season 1.
DreamLeague participating teams
CompLexity Gaming – United States
Rooons – United States
Infamous – Peru
The Final Tribe – Sweden
Natus Vincere – Ukraine
Royals Never Give Up – China
Tigers – Malaysia
Team Lithium – Europe
DreamLeague Prize pool ($300,000)
1st – $125,000
2nd – $70,000
3rd – $35,000
4th – $25,000
5/6th – $15,000
5/6th – $15,000
7/8th – $7,500
7/8th – $7,5