ESL have announced that five teams, including Ninjas in Pyjamas, Alliance, Gambit Esports, Chaos Esports Club and J.Storm, have withdrawn from their upcoming event ESL One Mumbai 2019. As a result, the organizers have adjusted the tournament’s format and invited TEAM TEAM.
Three teams – NiP, Alliance and Gambit – decided to withdraw from ESL One Mumbai 2019 since they qualified to the minor tournament OGA Dota PIT Minor 2019, and these two events are held back-to-back. The management of Chaos E.C. explained that due to a heavy schedule their team decided to pass on the event and focus on practicing. J.Storm has not released a statement on the issue.
Since the number of participants has been reduced to 8, ESL adjusted the group stage format. The teams will play in two GSL groups with best-of-three series. Top two teams from each group will advance to the playoffs upper bracket, the other teams will compete in the lower bracket.
|Group A||Group B|
|Natus Vincere||Keen Gaming|
|compLexity Gaming||The Pango|
ESL One Mumbai 2019 is scheduled for April 16th – 21st. The tournament’s prize pool is set at $300,000.