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TEAM TEAM, a squad qualified for the MDL Disneyland® Paris is now down to three members after Nico “Gunnar” Lopez and Jason “Newsham” Newsham were kicked from the team. Both of these players were a part of the roster that played in Major qualifiers and won one of the three slots allocated for their region.

Nonetheless, Jacky “EternaLEnVy” Mao, one of the newest addition to the team, decided the two are not Major material and got them kicked out of the squad while they were all in India for ESL One Mumbai. The event that just ended earlier today with Keen Gaming claiming the title was supposed to be a practice ground for TEAM TEAM, but somehow it transformed into a war zone that split the community in two camps once again. There are people who think EnVy knows better and there is a vast majority who can’t get behind his recent action.  

According to Gunnar, who was invited on the ESL One Mumbai panel this morning, both him and Newsham were somewhat expecting a kick, but after the Major. He explained live on the ESL One stream that they all had a round table after the qualifiers where everyone mutually agreed that the two will be let go after the Major.

“We kind of get threatened that we will get kicked before this event. They told that we will play this event [ESL One Mumbai] and the Major, but they kind of backed down from this”, Gunnar said and added that he feels that it’s actually something “personal” between him and EnVy. “Envy doesn’t like me,” were his words.  

On the next panel segment, Kyle Freedman gave his take on the incident and spoke about his feelings regarding EternaLEnVy.

Kyle’s reaction opened the Pandora Box and people from the scene started to unleash their personal opinions.

We will start with EnVy who in his defence, he said he “doesn’t dislike Gunnar.”

Kyle’s words echoed in Tal “Fly” Aizik’s mind in an expected way.

Samuel “Sammyboy” Anderson, the one who actually got replaced by EternaLEnVy a few weeks ago at TEAM TEAM, had a virulent reaction as well.

Peter “ppd” Dager, TI winner and once captain and CEO of Evil Geniuses, now playing in Europe, made use of the Twitter emoji to express the frustration he feels over the situation.

Stats man Ben “Noxville” Steenhuisen pointed out the poor rule set for Valve events that allows for situations like this to happen and opened another thread of debates on Twitter.

Damien “kpii” Chok also makes a valid point.

Jonathan “Loda” Berg is also hoping for a change in the DPC rules.

William “Blitz” Lee pointed out Gunnar’s grind to qualify for a Major only to go through a drama instead of going to Paris.

Finals day of the event  started with a hard to swallow news, but it got a bit easier to talk about the whole thing over a pizza party put together by the people behind the scenes at ESL One Mumbai.


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