Since Natus Vincere’s withdrawal from ESL One Birmingham last week, we’ve been finalizing their replacement team from the CIS region. Now that the visa application procedures have successfully taken place, we’re happy to announce that Team Spirit will be taking the vacant spot. All other participating teams had already been briefed on the high chance that Team Spirit would come in as the final team, ever since the announcement of the groups.
For anyone not familiar with Na’Vi’s roster change and resulting withdrawal, you can find further information in their announcement.
Due to this taking place a mere two weeks before the event, it was not possible to replace Natus Vincere with CIS qualifier second place - Team Empire, since the time frame was too small to sort out their visa issues. Instead, their replacement team will be Team Spirit, who finished in 3rd-4th place of the CIS qualifiers, losing to Natus Vincere in the process. After their recent success in the qualifier for the China Supermajor, this means that Team Spirit will play part in both of the final Majors of the DPC. As a team on the rise, we can’t wait to see what they have in store for us in Birmingham.