Mineski has withdrawn from the AMD SAPPHIRE Dota Pit League that had been scheduled to take place from November 2-5th.
The AMD SAPPHIRE Dota Pit League is the sixth tournament by Dota Pit, and will see eight teams fight for the majority a $300,000 USD prize pool as well as qualification points for The International 2018. The main event will be held at the Meridian Lav Hotel in Split, Croatia, and features the International 2017 finalists Newbee and Team Liquid — after both received a direct invite to the event.
But with just two weeks before their scheduled appearance at their third Minor for the season, Mineski made the announcement that the team would be withdrawing from Pro Circuit Minor.
The official statement the organization released regarding the matter made it clear that it was a group decision to pull out of the event altogether as a team instead of finding a stand in player to fill the role, while also maintaining that they will be present for the PGL minor later this week.
“Due to one of our players having an important family matter to attend to, we will have to pull out of the DotaPit Minor later this year,” the announcement by Mineski read.
“This decision doesn’t come easily at all, but the team has decided to come together to support one of our players at this crucial time. We’re very sorry to you, our fans, as well as to the DotaPit admin. We will still be playing in this week’s PGL Minor, so we hope you support us there!”
Thus far, Mineski has already secured 90 points per player since taking 2nd place in StarLadder Invitational Minor only days ago when they fell in the Grand Finals 3:1 to Team Liquid, ahead of their participation in the aforementioned PGL Open Bucharest Minor this week, which in turn offers a maximum of 150 points per player.
In the meantime, there is no word from DotaPit as of yet of Mineski’s replacement, though it will most likely be Fnatic after they claimed 2nd place in the SEA regional qualifiers for the event after being narrowly edged out 3:2 by Mineski. Additionally, securing any required visas for the players should not be an issue based on their nationalities and previous travel and competitive history.