Due to an unfortunate fixture clash, some teams scheduled to participate at ESL One Mumbai have been forced to drop out of the tournament. The competition will go ahead with eight teams and a modified group stage, while the schedule for the arena days at the NSCI Dome will remain unchanged.
The final roster of eight teams for ESL One Mumbai 2019 consists of previously-announced Mineski, Natus Vincere, The Pango, compLexity Gaming, Keen Gaming, Signify, TNC Predator and the newly-added Team Team. This means that half of our field will consist of squads who also qualified for the upcoming MDL Disneyland® Paris Major.
Ninjas in Pyjamas, Alliance and Gambit Esports recently qualified for the OGA Dota PIT Minor 2019, and with both events happening right after one another, opted to prioritize their participation in the event in Split. Despite willingness and multiple attempts from all parties to allow the teams to play in both events, we were ultimately not able to reach a solution which would have worked for everyone. The Dota Pro Circuit is the ultimate priority of all organizations in the scene and we understand their decision.
Chaos Esports Club and J.Storm have also dropped out due to other commitments outside the Dota Pro Circuit.
”We are disappointed that we could not work out a way for the affected teams to attend both tournaments”, said Alexander Nehr, Tournament Director at ESL. "We think that the remaining seven squads and the addition of Team Team makes this a very competitive lineup where now every team is guaranteed to play on stage in front of thousands of fans.”
Chaos EC statement: "Unfortunately our team will not be participating in ESL One Mumbai. While we consider the event a great opportunity to compete in front of a passionate and underserved community, the dense dota circuit has caught up with us. At this time we consider it better to pass on an event in order to focus on practice, team chemistry, and avoiding burn out. We take full responsibility for the misset expectations for the fans planning to attend and spectate the event. Our hope is that with better planning and awareness of our players fatigue we can avoid this situation going forward."
The group stage will consist of two bo3 double elimination brackets with four teams each. The results will determine seeding for the playoffs, with all eight teams going through to the arena days at the NSCI Dome. This means that Indian squad Signify is guaranteed to play on the main stage, giving local fans a clear favorite to cheer for.
The playoff format will remain unchanged, delivering three days of live action on April 19-21. Fans can look forward to a world-class stage and broadcast production narrated by some of the best talents in Dota.
Groups for Mumbai
Natus Vincere (CIS)
TNC Predator (SEA)
Team Team (NA)
Keen Gaming (CN)
The Pango (CIS)