NIP drop out of BetBoom Dacha qualifier
A long journey back from China left the Ninjas fatigued.
Ninjas in Pyjamas are the second team to drop out of the BetBoom Dacha Closed Qualifier. On Wednesday it was fnatic who took a step back as they do not have a full roster to compete with, while the Ninjas now dropped out due to travel fatigue.
The Ninjas were in Shanghai, China, where they played the CS Asia Championships until November 11, when they fell to ENCE in the tournament's quarter-finals.
"Due to the late departure from China after the CS Asia Championships and the players' fatigue after returning home, they can't be ready for the first match and we will have to drop out," NIP management said.
This qualifier was meant to be Ninjas in Pyjamas's first contact with Alejandro "alex" Masanet, who missed the event in China after being unveiled officially by the Swedish organization on November 3, but the team's new IGL will have to wait to get his first official matches in at the upcoming BLAST Premier Fall Final starting on November 22 in Copenhagen, Denmark.
FISSURE, the BetBoom Dacha organizer, has yet to find a replacement, and for now the Group B match MIBR was slated to play has been canceled. The other side of the Group B bracket already kicked off, with Spirit beating 9INE 2-0 in their opening match.
Two sides will make it through to the main event, which will take place in Dubai, UAE, on December 5-10. The invites have gone out to Virtus.pro, Astralis, Cloud9, FURIA, Heroic and the title sponsor's own squad, BetBoom, and only the teams from the qualifier are left to close out the eight-team roster.