Old G Disqualified From DPC WEU 2023 Tour 2 Division II
Old G had a disappointing run in the Dota Pro Circuit (DPC) Western Europe (WEU) 2023 Tour 2: Division II as the team failed to secure a top 2 spot in the standings to advance to Division I. The team had to play tiebreaker matches to keep its slot in Division II but was ultimately disqualified from its tiebreaker match against PuckChamp due to an inability to find a valid roster in time for the match. The main reason behind this was that two of the team’s players, Roman "Resolut1on" Fomynok and Kartik "Kitrak" Rathi, are currently playing as stand-ins at the Berlin Major 2023.
PGL clarifies tournament rules
PGL, the organizers of the WEU DPC, tweeted about the reasons behind Old G's def (definite) loss, stating that the tournament rules only allow for one substituted player per match. The schedule was shared with players on 23rd March and the rulebook was distributed on 28th March, making it clear that two substitutions for a match are not allowed.
Old G’s offlane player Resolut1on is currently replacing Ivan "Pure" Moskalenko for BetBoom and Kitrak is replacing Evgenii "Chu" Makarov for OG. As a result, Old G had to substitute two players for its Division II games, which goes against the rulebook. The Berlin Major has seen many teams that had players who were unable to secure visas, with many of them being Russian players such as Pure, Chu, and Dmitry "DM" Dorokhin, among others.
Sébastien "Ceb" Debs, one of the players from Old G's roster, expressed his frustration about the decision and called out PGL and an administrator in his tweet, highlighting that they did not care and provided no help in the situation.
Popular Dota 2 streamer Janne "Gorgc" Stefanovski also reacted to the situation and Ceb’s tweets in his recent livestream. “Lets see what it is. Oh Ceb does not sound happy. Some context here guys is that they (Old G) had to play a game to stay in Div II against PuckChamp but since they have 2 players that had to stand in for the major (Resolut1on and Kitrak), and you cant have 2 stand-ins, they got a def loss and they’re going Div III, with Team Bald. They’re joining us in the depths of hell it seems like,” Gorgc said.
Old G's disqualification marks the end of the team’s run in the DPC WEU 2023 Tour 2 Division II. Team Secret and D2 Hustlers will move on to Division I, while Old G and Ivy are eliminated from the DPC. However, both teams will have another opportunity to play in the next tour through open qualifiers.