Virtus.pro have announced that they will not participate in ESL One Birmingham 2019 due to a heavy schedule. According to the official statement, the team will focus on preparing for EPICENTER Major and The International 2019. Their place at the tournament will be taken by Gambit Esports, who placed 3rd-4th at the European qualifier event GG.Bet Birmingham Invitational.
ESL One Birmingham 2019 will take place on May 28th – June 2nd in Birmingham, United Kingdom. The tournament’s venue – Arena Birmingham –can seat up to 15,800 visitors. Among participants are eight invited teams – Vici Gaming, Gambit Esports, Ninjas in Pyjamas, PSG.LGD, OG, Team Liquid, Evil Geniuses and Team Secret, as well as four winners of the regional events – Alliance (Europe), Forward Gaming (North America), Keen Gaming (China), and TNC Predator (Southeast Asia). The event’s prize pool is set at $300,000.