After the many changes that took place in the last couple of weeks, the 2019-2020 DPC is to kick off in just a couple of days. However, some teams will join the show later due to various issues. Let’s take a look at the teams and players who are going to miss out on the first Minor & Major.
Vacations – OG (?), Team Secret, PSG.LGD
It might be hard to explain to someone that’s not into gaming that it is actually very exhausting to play for a long period of time. However, if you are reading this, chances are that you’re already well aware.
The last DPC season was definitely not as intense as the previous. In fact, there were literally half the number of tournaments. Despite that, some teams decided that it’s better if they take a longer vacation in order to be prepared for what’s to come.
Even though the organization has yet to announce anything official, some of OG’s players have said that they will be taking some time off and will most likely miss out on the first couple of events. That said, we are not sure how long are they going to be out of action. After all, OG played at Midas Mode 2.0 recently, so they might be back sooner than anticipated.
Team Secret & PSG.LGD
The two teams mentioned above are the only ones that officially announced their “vacation”. The Chinese superstar Lisen “fu” Xu had to take eye surgery, which is one of the main reasons behind their decision to take a longer break.
On the other hand, Team Secret mentioned a couple of days ago that it will be better for their roster if they take a longer break. They also said in the official announcement that they won’t be making any roster changes at this time. Many expected that Yeik “MidOne” Nai Zheng would be leaving the team after his mediocre performance during TI 9 but it seems this won’t be happening any time soon.
Both Secret & PSG.LGD will be back for the ONE Esports Dota 2 World Pro Invitational Singapore. The $500,000 prize tournament will begin in mid-December, 2019.
Players taking time off
Apart from the teams mentioned above, there are a couple of notable players who will also take some time off. Probably the most recognizable of them is Lasse “MATUMBAMAN” Urpalainen. Matu had one of the worst seasons in his career after he got “benched” by Team Liquid. This forced the Finnish superstar to find a new team, and despite the fact he did, things did not go as planned.
In addition to Matu, Michael “ninjaboogie” Ross and Martin “Saksa” Sazdov also announced that they will be taking some time off. Saksa was one of the main reasons behind NiP’s success throughout the DPC season. However, the team completely crumbled during TI 9, which led to a re-build from the ground up. The Macedonian player is currently not playing for any team but it’s likely we’ll see him joining one very soon.