Ilya “Lil” Ilyuk, A Igor “iLTW” Filatov and Alexander “Nofear” Churochkin will compete for the Winstrike Team at the upcoming tournaments. Winstirke announced the departure of Dmitry “DM” Dorokhin, Milan “MiLAN” Kozomary and Dino “dnz” Shavuka from the roster on April 11th. The reason behind their removal is the failure to qualify for any DPC tournament.
Lil’s last team was the Flying Penguins. With him on the team, the side secured a 5-8 place in the open regional qualifiers for MDL Disneyland® Paris Major.
ILTW was a stand-in OG from January to March 2019. With the team, he finished third in the ESL One Katowice 2019, and also finished in the top 6 in The Bucharest Minor and StarLadder ImbaTV Dota 2 Minor.
— Winstrike Team (@Winstrike_Team) April 11, 2019
Alexander “Nofear” Churochkin represented Winstrike from June to October 2018. With him in the lineup, Winstrike took 9-12 place at The International 2018. After he was removed from the team, Bogdan “Iceberg” Vasilenko said that: Nofear contributed a certain destructiveness to the team. Let’s see if Nofear has matured since his last spell. The team will play the first match in the new roster in the open qualification for Adrenaline Cyber League 2019. It will start on April 13th.
Team Empire is still alive in GG. Bet Birmingham Invitational
Team Empire defeated The Final Tribe in the final match of Group B and secured their slot for the playoffs of the GG. Bet Birmingham Invitational. The meeting ended with a score of 2: 0. On April 13, the team led by “KingR” Abdullah will play against Alliance in the semifinal of the tournament. In the second semifinal, Gambit Esports will compete with Old But Gold. The Final Tribe finished third in the Group B and left the championship. Earlier, The Pango, Natus Vincere, and Black Hornets Gaming were also eliminated from the competition.
Team Empire 2-0 The Final Tribe @ GG Bet Birmingham Invitational
— Team Empire (@team_empire) April 11, 2019
GG. Bet Birmingham Invitational online take place from April 8 to 13. The winner of the championship will receive a slot at the ESL One Birmingham 2019. While the one who finishes at the 2nd place will receive $ 5 thousand. The LAN final will take place from May 28 to June 2 in the UK. The prize fund of this championship will be $ 300 thousand.
Meanwhile, TNC Predator beat Mineski in the grand final of the Asian qualifier for ESL One Birmingham 2019 in Dota 2. The match ended with the score 3: 0. The regional qualifiers for ESL One Birmingham 2019 for Southeast Asia took place from April 10 through 12 online. Four teams played a slot in the LAN-finals.
Mercedes-Benz Sponsors ESL India
Lastly, The German car manufacturer Mercedes-Benz will sponsor ESL India 2019 in Dota 2, Clash Royale and Brawl Stars. Previously it was known that the auto company will sponsor several international and local competitions from the tournament operator. ESL and Mercedes-Benz extended the partnership agreement in October 2018. It will end in December 2020. Mercedes has been cooperating with eSports companies since 2017.