5 teams have backed out of ESL One Mumbai, just 1 week prior to the event. NiP, Alliance and Gambit will all play in the OGA Dotapit Minor which takes place one day after the conclusion of ESL One Mumbai. The tight DPC scheduling means that those 3 teams will not be attending the event. Additionally, SA’s Chaos Esports and NA’s J.Storm will also not be attending the event.
The remaining 7 teams will be reinforced with another NA org, Team Team which boasts the presence of EternalEnvy. Now the tournament will be an 8 team event half of whom will be competing at the MDL: Disneyland Major.
”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 “however, 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.”
Tweaks to the format for the group stage and the playoffs were also announced along with these statements.
The unforeseen changes to the number of teams competing in this tournament have forced the organizers to revise the format of the tournament. The Group Stages will now feature a double elimination bracket with 4 teams each. No teams will be eliminated in the group stages, as the result of these matches will be merely used to determine playoff seedings.
This guarantees that Indian favourite, Signify will get to compete in front of the thousands at the LAN event scheduled to take place in the NSCI Dome.
The playoff format will remain unchanged.
Alongside, this announcement, the groups have also been announced for ESL One: Mumbai 2019.
Group A will feature: Na’vi, TNC Predator, CoL, and TeamTeam
Group B will feature: Keen Gaming, Mineski, Pango and Signify.
ESL One: Mumbai 2019 kicks off on 15th April 2019, with the 3-day LAN playoffs being played out in front of a live crowd at the NSCI Dome from 19th-21st April 2019.
Author’s Note: Although the withdrawal of teams with popular players like PPD, Fear and W33 leaves a sour taste. The addition of TeamTeam with EternaLEnVy makes it quite an alluring event in my books. I am sure we’ll still get to witness some great Dota at ESL One: Mumbai, just not the 12 team extravaganza we were expecting.
You can read the full press release HERE