Both Animal Planet and OpTic Gaming are out of the running for ESL One Katowice 2018 after both teams were disqualified from the qualifiers for the event due to conflicting schedules.
ESL One Katowice Major is set to be a major part of the Dota 2 Pro Circuit this year, offering one winner from sixteen teams the lion’s share of a $1,000,000 USD prize pool and 1,500 qualifying points for The International 2018. The playoffs are to be played during the weekend on February 24-25, 2018 at the Spodek Arena.
However, two North American teams: Animal Planet and OpTic Gaming are out of the running to the event as both have been playing matches in other qualifier tournaments at the same time.
Both squads played each other in two separate best-of-three series at the StarLadder i-League Invitational and the PGL Bucharest Major’s respective online qualifier rounds. The former was played on Wednesday, Jan. 10, at 5pm ET, with the latter following on the same day at 8pm ET.
Director of tournaments over at ESL Jonas “bsl” Vikan later responded to the incident earlier today on the Dota 2 subreddit after investigating the situation.
Although Animal Planet initially were granted a rescheduled match with Vici Gaming J Storm they did not communicate to ESL that they would be late for the match. As for OpTic, their match against CES did not actually coincide with the one they played for the PGL Major.
Their disqualifcation also meant that the teams that were scheduled to go up against both Animal Planet and OpTic will advance to the Katowice qualifier semi-finals thanks to the scheduling conflict.
“They did not raise any concern with us until 10 minutes prior to their ESL match,” said Vikan. “In the end, OpTic did not show up in the lobby until 35 minutes past the starting time of the match.”