With the upcoming Galaxy Battles II no longer a Major, 7 Dota 2 teams have already announced that they will not be participating from the event. The first among the teams to step down from the event were Virtus Pro. Team Liquid, Team Secret, and surprisingly enough, OpTic Gaming, soon followed. Finally, the latest to drop out from the controversial event were Newbee and Mineski.
While it’s certainly sad to see so many teams go, fans can at least take solace in the fact that some teams have chosen not to skip the tournament entirely. That, and the fact that the organisers of Galaxy Battles II Fallout Gaming have since promised that they will offer ticket refunds to disappointed fans.
Moving on, chief among the teams to confirm their attendance were OG and Evil Geniuses. Albeit logistical reasons will force OG to play with two stand-ins; Johan ‘N0tail‘ Sundstein and Gustav ‘s4‘ Magnusson will not be joining the 4-time Major champions in the Philippines. In their places will be free agent Maurice ‘KheZu‘ Gutmann and OG’s long-time coach Sébastien ‘7ckingMad‘ Debs.
Other teams to have released statements confirming their status for Galaxy Battles II on January 15-21 are Team Spirit, Infamous, paiN Gaming, TNC Pro Team, and VGJ.Thunder.
What’s Left of the Galaxy Battles II Tournament?
With Valve’s decision to rescind the tournament’s Major classification, Fallout Gaming had no choice but to push through with the tournament just mere weeks away. And it seems that the much-maligned tournament organisers are determined to accept their losses gracefully.
For starters, Fallout Gaming have since promised refunds to fans who no longer wish to attend. They also plan to proceed with the tournament as planned. This means that the controversial Dota 2 tournament will still feature a sizable prize pool of $500,000. This is a huge chunk of money, especially since there’ll be fewer teams participating.
Of the tournament’s eight direct invites, only LGD.Forever Young have yet to announce their decision. It currently remains unknown what Fallout Gaming intends to do with the remaining unfilled slots for the tournament.
What do you think of the Galaxy Battles II tournament? Do you think that it’s still worth watching without the Major designation? Be sure to let us know your thoughts in the comments down below.