Old G disqualified from DPC WEU 2023 Tour 3 Closed Qualifiers
Old G, with their star-studded roster of Volodymyr "No[o]ne-" Minenko, Topias "Topson" Taavitsainen, Roman "Resolut1on" Fomynok, Sébastien "Ceb" Debs, and Kartik "Kitrak" Rathi, last played in the Dota Pro Circuit (DPC) Western Europe (WEU) 2023 Tour 2: Division II. During this time, two members of the team, Resolution, and Kitrak were playing as stand-ins at the Berlin Major for BetBoom and OG, respectively. As a result, Old G was unable to field a roster with at least four of their original players for a tiebreaker match against PuckChamp in Division II, where the winner would retain their slot in the division. Following their disqualification from the match, Ceb from Old G took to Twitter to criticize an individual member of the PGL staff for not offering enough help.
Unfortunately, things have not gotten better for the team, as PGL, the organizers of the DPC in Western Europe, recently announced on Twitter that Old G has been disqualified from the Summer Tour Closed Qualifiers as well. PGL explained that this is because the team's members violated the rules of conduct by threatening an admin team member, further compounding their woes.
Old G’s disqualification and violation of rules of conduct
Old G's journey in the DPC WEU 2023 Tour 2 has been a rocky one, with the team facing numerous challenges and setbacks along the way. After a disappointing performance in Division II, the team was competing to keep their Division II slot, being unable to qualify for Division I. The team was then unable to field their original roster for a tiebreaker match against PuckChamp in Division II, which ultimately led to their exit from the division.
The team faced another blow as they were disqualified from the Summer Tour Closed Qualifiers. The reason for their disqualification was a violation of the rules of conduct, with the team's members allegedly threatening members of the admin team. This decision by PGL has put Old G's future in competitive Dota in jeopardy, as the team will now have to go through open qualifiers if they want to have a chance at making it to Division 2 of the upcoming tour.
While the exact nature of the threats made by Old G's members is not clear, the organizers have made it clear that their behavior was unacceptable and warranted a response. PGL's decision to disqualify Old G from the Summer Tour Closed Qualifiers sends a message that such behavior will not be tolerated in the tournament. As of writing this article, there have been no responses from any of Old G’s members.