Announced only last week, the first edition of Global Grand Masters suffers a change on their direct invited teams list. Natus Vincere’s schedule for the upcoming two months will prevent them from playing at ProDota’s first large tournament.
Team Empire, who was initially invited to play in the closed qualifiers for the $50,000 online competition will replace the Ukrainians while the newly returned to Dota 2 FlipSid3 Tactics squad is offered their spot.
Global Grand Masters directly invited teams:
"Unfortunately we have to decline GGM’s invite as we already have a certain plan for the upcoming tournaments and a fixed schedule for bootcamps until end of July. We tried to find a way to participate but it simply doesn’t fit our program", - Igor 'caff' Sydorenko - Natus Vincere Manager.
Global grand Masters playoffs are scheduled to take place from 3rd to 10th of July with eight teams battling in a double elimination playoff bracket. In just three weeks, closed qualifiers will commence, on June 15th with eight teams split into two groups.
They will be playing in a Round Robin format, two game series with the top two teams from each group advancing into the playoffs.
Global Grand Masters closed qualifiers invited teams: