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[Report] Na'Vi and Gambit withdraw from ESL One Mumbai 2019 qualifiers

Dota 2 Cristy “Pandoradota2” Ramadani

Within a few short hours of each other, Gambit and Na'Vi have both withdrawn from the ESL One Mumbai 2019 qualifiers. 

ESL One Katowice 2019 has just come to a successful end crowing Team Secret the champions once again.


With little downtime following the big event, ESL admins are already gearing up for their next round of official games. The ESL One Mumbai 2019 qualifiers are set to begin in just two days. 

Only four teams will lock horns for the one allocated spot split between EU and CIS regions. Originally it was AllianceNa'ViGambit Esports and Elements Pro Gaming who were listed to compete. 

The CIS/European region will be undergoing significant lineup changes for the qualifier. Alliance, who was slated to be competing had just accepted a direct invite only three days ago joining Ninjas in Pyjamas in the main event. 

The Pango has since been added to replace the Swedish stack. Now, Na'Vi has announced their withdrawal citing a busy schedule. 

Due to the busy tournament schedule NAVI.GG.BET Dota 2 team will skip ESL One Mumbai 2019, which will take place from April 19 to 21 in Mumbai, India. So, the game against   Elements Pro Gaming, planned for February 27, is canceled.

Very soon Natus Vincere is going to take part in an online tournament Tug of War by WePlay (February 27 — March 2), then will play at DreamLeague Season 11 (March 14 — 24). Upon returning from Sweden, the Born to Win will play the qualifiers for the next Major. #NAVINATION

Merely hours later, the famed Russian studio Maincast reported that Gambit has also pulled out of the qualifier event. 

While Gambit has not officially confirmed the report, Maincast Studio tends to be well informed behind-the-scenes in the CIS region. 

ESL has not formally announced further replacement teams. The three day, double elimination qualifiers are still expected to kick off on February 27th at 17:00 CET. 

ESL One Mumbai 2019

Twelve teams will be competing for a slice of the $300,000 prize pool April 19-21st. There will be seven directly invited teams and five qualified teams from NA, EU/CIS, China, SEA, and India.

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Cristy “Pandoradota2” Ramadani
Pandora is a behind the scenes Dota 2 professional Jack of All Trades. When not busy with Dota 2 work, she is out trying to save the world or baking cupcakes. Follow her on Twitter @pandoradota2

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