Titan and Epsilon have been disqualified from DreamHack Winter following the VAC bans handed to Hovik "KQLY" Tovmassian and Gordon "Sf" Giry, the event’s organisers have confirmed.
Questions about Titan’s and Epsilon’s places at the Swedish major were immediately raised after Hovik "KQLY" Tovmassian and Gordon "Sf" Giry were caught in Valve’s web as the latest wave of VAC bans struck the CS:GO scene today.
To replace the two French teams, a LAN qualifier will take place on Saturday at Inferno Online Stockholm with four Europeans teams in attendance, all of whom will be flown by Valve itself.
DreamHack is currently reaching out to teams potentially interested in attending this qualifier, and the participants' list will be revealed shortly. The tournament will use a single-elimination format, with every match being played in a best-of-three mode.
Despite two teams being removed, the group draw will not be repeated. However, there have been some changes in the seeding distribution in Groups B and D, which now looks as follows: