The team is facing surprise delays in travel, which could put their tournament hopes in jeopardy.
The first day of the Dota Pro Circuits Spring Tour Major looked like it might go off without any serious issues. But with the current seasons messy track record, it was only a matter of time until something happened. And this time, it involved more travel issues for Mind Games.
Mind Games did not receive their travel visas in time to make it to Sweden for the start of the event, according to ESL, the tournament organizers of the Stockholm Major.
This news comes after Mind Games already announced they would be playing without two of their core players, Danil Bignum Shekhovtsov and Semion CemaTheSlayer Krivulya, because they were unable to travel out of Ukraine for a variety of reasons. The duo was set to be replaced by PuckChamp support players Genadiy Astral Motuz and Andrey Dukalis Kuropatkin for the duration of the Major.
Now, three other players are experiencing travel issues despite previously receiving confirmation of approval for their visas ahead of the event.
Because of this unintended delay, ESL has handed Mind Games a forfeit loss for the teams first-round match against Thunder Awaken, which would have been the final game on Group Bs day one schedule. But the team is not being penalized in any other way at this time. The TO is continuing to communicate and work with the team during this situation.
The team is currently scheduled to play Gaimin Gladiators and TSM tomorrow. If they take three consecutive forfeits due to these travel delays, it’s unlikely that they will have a real chance to advance out of the group stage due to their remaining schedule being extremely difficult.
Additional updates will be provided by ESL as Mind Games attempts to make their way to Stockholm to compete in the Major.