Nemiga replace Sprout in DreamHack Masters Winter

The German side were forced to pull out of the tournament due to illness.

Sprout have withdrawn from DreamHack Masters Winter Europe as two of their players are currently ill, the tournament organiser revealed on Sunday. Their spot in Group B will be taken by Nemiga as determined by ESL's world ranking.

The Belarusian team, who are currently ranked 21st in the world, will face G2 on Tuesday in what will mark Igor "⁠lollipop21k⁠" Solodkov's return to action after he spent almost a month sidelined because of a hand injury. The 24-year-old has been playing Deathmatch to stay in shape and will return to practice with the team on Monday.

Nemiga will face G2 in their first match

The last-minute withdrawal is the latest setback for Sprout, who missed out on qualification for ESL Pro League on Thursday after losing to Endpoint in the ESEA MDL Finals. The German team took part in the Merkur Masters Season 2 playoffs on Saturday with their full roster, finishing third following a defeat to ALTERNATE aTTaX in the semi-finals and a victory over Unicorns of Love in the third-place decider.

Nemiga become the second team to come in as a replacement in DreamHack Masters Winter's Group B after Evil Geniuses' spot was taken by Cloud9. The European tournament will run from November 30 through to December 6, with $150,000 on the line.

Below you can find the updated groups:

The opening match-ups are the following:

Group A

Denmark Heroic vs. Europe c0ntact
Europe FaZe vs. Russia Spirit
Europe Complexity vs. Finland ENCE
Europe Cloud9 vs. Russia Gambit

Group B

Denmark Astralis vs. Europe GODSENT
United States Liquid vs. Europe mousesports
Europe G2 vs. Belarus Nemiga
Brazil FURIA vs. Denmark North

Belarus Igor 'lollipop21k' Solodkov
Igor 'lollipop21k' Solodkov
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Poland Po_Prostu
2020-11-29 19:12
3 replies
free win for every team in Group B
2020-11-29 21:25
2 replies
+1 CS:GOVID-19 for Sprout :/
2020-11-29 22:16
as if sprout wouldnt have been a free win as well
2020-11-30 08:37
Algeria Tari)))
2020-11-29 19:13
Liechtenstein Karlheinz
:/ unluko
2020-11-29 19:12
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2020-11-29 19:12
1 reply
2020-11-29 22:16
Russia razorVJ
Where's navi?
2020-11-29 19:14
gl nemiga
2020-11-29 19:14
Hope for a speedy recovery of diseased players, but aren't there other better teams, who should get the slot over Nemiga, based on rankings?
2020-11-29 19:23
5 replies
"Filling the void in Group B will be @nemigagg, who based on their World Ranking enters the tournament. "
2020-11-29 19:16
1 reply
Never mind, I was wondering why VP, OG, NiP, BIG, etc didn't get the chance, since their ranks are better. Just recalled they're playing flashpoint :D
2020-11-29 19:26
Nemiga is pretty good and they have had the same lineup for a long time, deserved imo.
2020-11-29 19:22
2 replies
Europe Tomgra
Well, then take a look at Dreamhack Open November. They didn't shine.
2020-11-30 08:13
1 reply
Belarus Exotnik
2020-11-30 17:09
Poland SebL
Nemiga have potential, they just need to work hard, it's good that they will have a chance to play at such an event. Sad that Sprout won't play, they are really good and I think they could surprise a lot of teams in this event.
2020-11-29 19:15
What a chance for Nemiga!
2020-11-29 19:18
United Kingdom tomtom94
Perfect example of how ESL's rankings protect certain teams from their own mistakes - Nemiga lost in the closed qualifier but they get invited over the team who beat them
2020-11-29 19:22
3 replies
who tf wants to watch poland
2020-11-30 04:28
Yo le noob, There were actuallly quite a few teams ahead of them (BIG, OG, VP...) but since they're playing in Flashpoint the spot goes to the best available team, in this instance Nemiga. Though Luck for lower ranked teams who even for the better part also failed to qualify for this tournament.
2020-11-30 08:03
Serbia CoVRa
+1, so stupid...
2020-11-30 08:28
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Russia M13F
GL Nemiga
2020-11-29 19:22
2 players ill :tf: :tf: dycha and snatchie bye bye expected from german org
2020-11-29 19:24
4 replies
- nbk - issa + snatchie + dycha ez top 3
2020-11-29 19:31
3 replies
no one will pick snatchie bad rifler and below average awper
2020-11-29 19:48
2 replies
Poland lolface992
2020-11-29 22:10
2020-11-30 00:36
CIS kofilzz
seems like disband
2020-11-29 19:27
Georgia Megobari
2020-11-29 19:29
Good, now G2 are in trouble!
2020-11-29 19:31
2 replies
2020-11-29 22:28
Serbia CoVRa
2020-11-30 08:29
Grand final Nemiga 3-2 c0ntact
2020-11-29 19:34
Europe k1otaN
Sprout disbanded Finally
2020-11-29 19:39
Hungary szia
2020-11-29 19:59
unluko :(
2020-11-29 20:00
gl lollipop21k
2020-11-29 21:31
gl lolli! btw, where is navi?
2020-11-29 22:29
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Russia Rapu
Get well, Germans, GL for Nemiga :)
2020-11-30 07:59
Belarus GGAWP
2020-11-30 15:39
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