Old G buy their way out of Dota Pro Circuit relegation, avoid open qualifier grind despite ban

Ceb lived long enough to become the villain again.

Old G faced a major setback as they were unexpectedly eliminated from the Closed Qualifiers for the Dota 2 Pro Circuits summer tour on May 8. Undeterred by the setback, Old G decided to purchase PuckChamps slot in the Western European DPCs second division, bypassing the time-consuming process of playing through the Open Qualifiers.

Old G members haven’t made an official statement regarding the matter, but they all signed up for the new season under PuckChamps slot on Dota 2s roster registration page.

Related: PGL controversially remove Old G from closed qualifier of Dota 2 Pro Circuit summer tour

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This move also comes with a roster change since Roman “Resolut1on” Fomynok didn’t register with Old G. Instead of the TI11 runner-up, Old G added Adam “Aramis” Moroz to its roster, who last stood in for Martin “Saksa” Sazdov on Tundra Esports during DreamLeague Season 19.

The slot purchase places Old G back in the second division, but theres no guarantee that they will remain there. Earlier in the 2023 DPC season, NAVI decided to purchase a division one slot, only to get relegated one more time, so Old G will need to fight harder to avoid sharing the same fate.

Considering The International 2023 qualifiers are on the horizon, Old G may not have wanted to gamble with their odds of surviving another Open Qualifiers run. The team initially failed to qualify for the second division during the winter season. While that didn’t immediately impact their season, not securing a division two slot would mark the end of 2023 for Old G.

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