April 11, 2019
"Gambit Esports, Alliance, Ninjas in Pyjamas had just recently qualified for OGA Dota PIT Minor which is set to kick off just one day after the conclusion of ESL One Mumbai 2019 on April 22nd.
Despite willingness and multiple attempts from all parties to allow the teams to play in both events, we were ultimately not able to reach a solution which would have worked for everyone. The Dota Pro Circuit is the ultimate priority of all organizations in the scene and we understand their decision.
The DPC is a priority event for all teams as it is the only way to secure points and a direct invite to TI9."
Chaos and J.Storm have also dropped out “due to other commitments outside the Dota Pro Circuit.”
“Unfortunately our team will not be participating in ESL One Mumbai. While we consider the event a great opportunity to compete in front of a passionate and underserved community, the dense dota circuit has caught up with us. At this time we consider it better to pass on an event in order to focus on practice, team chemistry, and avoiding burn out. We take full responsibility for the misset expectations for the fans planning to attend and spectate the event. Our hope is that with better planning and awareness of our players fatigue we can avoid this situation going forward.”
-Chaos Esports Club
Since there is little time to secure that many teams, the format will be adjusted and Team Team has stepped up to the plate to fill one slot.
Due to the change from 12 to eight teams, ESL has decided to adjust the format as follows:
The group stage will consist of two bo3 double elimination brackets with four teams each. The results will determine seeding for the playoffs, with all eight teams going through to the arena days at the NSCI Dome. This means that Indian squad Signify is guaranteed to play on the main stage, giving local fans a clear favorite to cheer for.
The playoff format will remain unchanged, delivering three days of live action on April 19-21. Fans can look forward to a world-class stage and broadcast production narrated by some of the best talents in Dota.