OpTic withdraw from North American EPL; to compete in ESEA MDL Europe
As the team is no longer based in North America, OpTic won't participate in the upcoming season of NA ESL Pro League and will instead have to qualify for the European division through ESEA MDL Season 29.
The ruling has been revealed today by ESL, explaining that OpTic have requested a permanent move from the North American to European ESL Pro League, based on the fact that the players want to live and compete in Europe.
ESL decided that OpTic's North American license would be withdrawn, as they are no longer able to participate in the competition, and revealed that "a new license holder for the vacant spot will be announced shortly". On the other hand, OpTic couldn't be moved to the European division of Pro League "based on the fact that there are no vacant licenses".
OpTic are, instead, invited to ESEA MDL Europe Season 29, from where they will have to earn their ESL Pro League status by qualifying through the relegation process. If Marco "Snappi" Pfeiffer and co. are successful in their first attempt, they could be playing in ESL Pro League as soon as Season 9, which should kick off at the beginning of 2019.