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TNC Predator are busy playing amazingly at The Chongqing Major with a massive series in a few hours, but yesterday the Southeast Asian squad announced that they would be removing themselves from one of the many non-Dota 2 Pro Circuit events scattered throughout the year due to many different reasons.
We would like to inform everyone that we will be withdrawing from the ESL One Katowice 2019 LAN proper. We found conflicts upon processing our visa application in the midst of tournament and qualifier schedules. pic.twitter.com/BM7syu0e1L
— TNC Predator (@TNCPredator) January 22, 2019
TNC Predator announced last night that they would be withdrawing themselves from the upcoming ESL One Katowice 2019. The team has sited conflicts with tournament schedules as well as visa processing issues as to why they would no longer be heading to the event. Just a few weeks ago, EHOME also announced that they would be removing themselves from ESL One Katowice due to a conflict of schedules with MDL Macau, which seemed a better choice and closer to home for the Chinese team.
Not long after TNC pulled out of the event, ESL One announced the new SEA squad which would be taking their spot in Katowice as Mineski. Mineski were present at the ESL One Katowice 2018 Major which took place almost a year ago – however only a single player of that roster remains.
— ESL Dota2 (@ESLDota2) January 22, 2019
While Katowice 2019 is not a part of the DPC this time around, the 12 teams participating are sure to throw everything they have at each other as the spoils include a $300,000 prize pool. The event kicks off in just under a month and we await to see if any more teams will withdraw in the coming weeks, but for now the teams participating in ESL One Katowice 2019 are:
- Team Secret
- Ninjas in Pyjamas
- Choas Esports Club
- Team Aster
- Forward Gaming
- Gambit Esports
- compLexity Gaming
- For The Dream
For TNC, they are currently still heavily involved in The Chongqing Major with a massive series later today.