The Kuala Lumpur Major is just five days away and unfortunately, Visa problems will prevent Ninjas in Pyjamas (NiP) to attend it in the full formula.
NiP returned to the Dota 2 field in the recent post TI8 shuffle, when they signed Peter “ppd” Dager’s team. With NiP, ppd is now competing for the first time from the European region and his team had a successful start of the season. They qualified for the upcoming Major, won the GG.Bet Invitational $50,000 online tournament and were one of the directly invited teams at ESL One Hamburg 2018, event which concluded just past week.
When he moved to Europe, ppd kept with him only one member from the OpTic Gaming roster that placed top six at TI8, namely Neta “33” Shapira, but unfortunately it’s exactly him who couldn’t secure visa for Malaysia to play with NiP at the first Major of the 2018-2019 Dota Pro Circuit season.
Standing in for Neta will be the TI7 winner, Ivan Borislavov “MinD_ContRoL” Ivanov. “We would like to thank Team Liquid for aiding us in this situation and helping us to complete the line-up for the Major,” said NiP today in their official announcement regarding the situation.
NiP roster for the Kuala Lumpur Major:
Marcus “Ace” Hoelgaard
Adrian “Fata” Trinks
Ivan “MinD_ContRoL” Ivanov (stand-in)
Martin “Saksa” Sazdov
Peter “ppd” Dager
Team Liquid missed the train for the Kuala Lumpur Major and a few days after they won the DreamLeague Season 10 minor qualifiers, they decided to actually withdraw from the tournament citing health concerns. The Kuala Lumpur Major will mark the first LAN appearance for MinD_ContRoL, but unlike in the previous seasons where the DPC [points were awarded to players, this year the points will be attached to the organization. And as playing with a stand in in the main event, NiP will receive a 40% penalty in points received.
Kuala Lumpur Major DPC points distribution:
- 1st place: 4950 points
- 2nd place: 3000 points
- 3rd place: 2100 points
- 4th place: 1350 points
- 5-6th place: 900 points
- 7-8th place: 450 points
- 9-12 place: 150 points
- 13-16 place: 75 points