5 Teams Withdraw From ESL One Mumbai 2019
Posted 11th April 2019 By: Derpina    175 Views
Esports News – ESL One Mumbai is one of the biggest Dota 2 tournaments approaching this year. Despite the tournament’s gravity and popularity, many of the teams have withdrawn from the initial lineup due to conflicts in schedule. J.Storm, Ninjas in Pyjamas, Alliance, Gambit Esports, and Chaos Esports Club will not be competing this season.
According to the official statement released by ESL, since the event is set to take place in India, it was received with a series of withdrawals. Most of the teams involved were qualifiers of the upcoming OGA Dota Pit Minor, the seventh tournament by One Game Agency which offers additional qualification points for The International 2019. Organizers and teams failed to reach a final schedule that would work for everyone, so ESL clarified their decision: “The Dota Pro Circuit is the ultimate priority of all organizations in the scene and we understand their decision. The DPC is a priority event for all teams as it is the only way to secure points and a direct invite to TI9.”
Gambit Esports, Alliance, Ninjas in Pyjamas were the three teams qualified for the PIT Minor. Their matches kick off one day after the ESL One Mumbai grand finals, giving them no time to rest and prepare should they take part in both tournaments.
Meanwhile, Chaos Esports Club and J.Storm confirmed that they have other priorities aside from Dota Pro Circuit events. The organization of Chaos particularly said that they would miss the event “to focus on practice, team chemistry, and avoiding burn out”.
ESL is still set to continue regardless of the reduced lineup. From 12 teams, the tournament will now feature eight teams. Team Team from the United States was invited to fill in one of the slots, but there’s no time to secure the rest of the lineup. Here’s the final list of competing teams:
Ukraine – Natus Vincere
Southeast Asia – TNC Predator
United States – compLexity
United States – Team Team
China – Keen Gaming
Southeast – Asia Mineski
CIS – The Pango
India – Signify
Participants compete for a share of the $300,000 USD prize pool from April 16 to 21, and will compete at the group stage and the playoffs before heading to the grand finals.