Virtus.Pro didn't need the 750 DPC points, but they pulled down $500,000 in prize money by winning the ESL One Birmingham Major and their third ESL title. They swept Optic Gaming 3-0 in the grand finals to cap off their perfect run without dropping a game through both the group stage and the playoffs.
Despite finishing 2nd and 3rd place, Pain Gaming and Fnatic desperately needed a first place win for any chance of a TI8 invite. The event turned out best for a team who wasn't even participating: VGJ.Thunder. With Optic knocking out Fnatic then losing in the finals, and EG dismantling, VGJ.Thunder manage to hold onto their 8th place standing on the Pro Circuit.
I have been kicked from EG, I'm happy and relieved to be out. Thanks for all your support while in the team!😌🙏 what's next?— Rasmus Filipsen (@MiSeRyDOTA) May 27, 2018
Don't worry guys, I'm off the EG Dota roster too. Happy I get some time at home after a very exhausting and disappointing season. Wish everyone all the best 🙂.— Clinton Loomis (@FearDotA) May 27, 2018
In hours of each other, both Misery and Fear announced that they're no longer with EG. The not so subtle wording of their tweets intimates some drama within the organization, especially since the move knocks EG out of top 8 on the DPC and the regional qualifiers. They'll have to compete in the open qualifiers.
The move comes after the team's 0-3 departure from ESL One Birmingham, as well as a lackluster performance at GESC:Thailand where they were eliminated by Keen gaming. EG announced they would release a new roster before the Supermajor.
Complexity announced that they would be removing Chessie and adding former members Adam and Moonmeander. After removing Kyle Freedman from the roster, the team had been operating with standins, Saksa and kitrak, . They failed to find much success with the lineup, losing 10 of their last 13 matches, finishing 9-10th at Epicenter XL and unable to qualify for further DPC events. Moonmeander will takeover the offlane position and Moo will slide over to his old carry position.