ESL One Mumbai 2019 will no longer be a twelve-team tournament as initially planned following the decision of a number of participating teams to skip the event to focus on the Minor due to scheduling issues.
The Cologne-based esports organzer and production company made the announcement on their website earlier on Wednesday, April 10.
ESL One Mumbai 2019 was supposed to be the first marquee Dota 2 tournament to be held in Indian soil. It would have featured popular Dota 2 teams such as Ninjas in Pyjamas and Alliance, among others. However, the event has since lost both participants, and more. The tournament is scheduled to run from April 16-21. This puts it just right before the OGA Dota Pit Minor on April 22-28.
Technically, the schedule of ESL One Mumbai 2019 is not directly in conflict with the OGA Dota Pit Minor. But, for a team to play in both tournaments, as what would have been the case for Ninjas in Pyjamas, Alliance, and Gambit Esports, they would have had to fly immediately from India to Croatia and play immediately against arguably better competition with just a day of rest, putting them at a severe disadvantage.
Ultimately, three of the five Dota 2 teams decided not to risk their shot at winning the OGA Dota Pit Minor for a chance to play in India’s first Dota 2 event of this caliber.
As for J.Storm and Chaos Esports, both teams decided to skip the ESL One Mumbai 2019 for scheduling conflicts outside of the 2018-19 Dota Pro Circuit. Team Team, a stack led by Jacky ‘EternaLEnVy‘ Mao, was called in as a last-minute substitute to complete the tournament’s eight-team roster.
What’s Next for the ESL One Mumbai 2019?
It remains unknown if ESL plans on issuing refunds for the ESL One Mumbai 2019. However, because of the demand for it, it might happen. One player, in particular, took to Reddit to air out his concerns regarding the lineup changes.
In a post titled, “ESL One Mumbai: Now most of the big teams have withdrawn, can we get a refund?”, AdrianoDonger stated:
Hey ESL, Greetings from India!
I’ve been super excited ever since you guys announced an ESL event at Mumbai. This being the first major Dota event in India, I was certain of going after teams like NIP and JStorm accepted your invite. We’ve booked up the premium passes for all 3 days for a few of my friends along with flight tickets.
But now, after coming to know that all the big teams have withdrawn, we no longer want to go. Our flight tickets are already a waste given the cancelation policies so close to departure date. Can we have a refund on the tickets please because the event now is not the same for us.
Also, thanks for bringing your world class event to India. The community here are amazing and extremely passionate about the game. Please keep coming back here, though I hope the timeline is better next time around.
The current team lineup for the ESL One Mumbai 2019 is as follows:
- compLexity Gaming
- Natus Vincere
- The Pango
- Keen Gaming
- TNC Predator
- TEAM TEAM
The ESL One Mumbai 2019 will kick off on April 16 and will run through April 21. It will feature a $300,000 prize pool. It is a non-DPC event.
How do you think the ESL One Mumbai 2019 will turn out? Will ESL issue ticket refunds now that majority of the big teams have backed out? Be sure to let us know your thoughts in the comments down below.