AS Monaco placed third in the Eastern European DPC, qualifying the team for a Wild Card spot at the Major. Though this is a great placement, the squad had a difficult start as they dropped three series in a row at the beginning of the season. The organization expressed that despite the team winning the rest of their series, SoNNeikO still wanted to depart from the team and Noone followed afterward. Only the top eight teams at the Major receive prize money, so it seems there is hardly any incentive for the two to travel to Kyiv to compete.
ASM Gambit has a very small chance of qualifying for The International through DPC points. The chances are even slimmer now as the team will endure a point reduction following this roster change.
Stanislav "633" Glushan and Artem "Lorenof" Melnick will stand in for SoNNeikO and None at the Major, respectively.
SoNNeikO is back!
Anyone who has followed Na’Vi for the past few years knows that SoNNeikO has been on and off of Na’Vi’s active roster many times. He originally joined the roster back in 2015 and has been removed several times but seems to always find his way back.
To make room for SoNNeikO and Noone, Na’Vi has replaced Andrii "ALWAYSWANNAFLY" Bondarenko and Bogdan "Iceberg" Vasilenko. The Na’Vi roster has gone through several dramatic changes in the past few months. After qualifying for the first Major of the season, Viktor "GeneRaL" Nigrini was kicked for Roman "RAMZES666" Kushnarev and now two more players have been replaced.
After failing to qualify for the second Major of the season, Na’Vi is out of the running for qualifying to TI through DPC points and will have to fight for the regional qualifier slot. This new roster will need to show the world that Na’Vi’s string of roster changes are going to pay off. As for ASM Gambit, they’ll need to quickly recover from these changes as they head into the Major.