Going to show that it is far from easy to put together a LAN event at the height of the reshuffle period, the Gaming Resorts were bound to revoke 4 Clovers & Lepricon’s direct invite for the Gaming Paradise LAN tournament scheduled to take place between September 10-12, in Portorož, Slovenia.
Unfortunately we're no longer invited to the Gaming Resorts LAN next month. Good luck to all those who are attending! #glhf
— 4C&L (@4CloversDota) August 25, 2015
The decision was prompted by 4CL’s recent roster changes. Immediately after receiving their direct invite for the Gaming Paradise, 4 Clovers & Lepricon lost three players in just a matter of days: Wagamama and Vanskor walked away on August 19th, while w33haa parted ways with the team, in order to join Team Secret, on August 21st.
Now that 4 Clovers & Lepricon have been dropped by the Gaming Paradise organizers, three slots in the LAN tournament are still open. Sqreen’s Squad were in the cards for an invitation, but are no longer considered due to recently having undergone roster changes. Team Empire, Ninjas in Pyjamas, Alliance, Virtus.Pro (replacing Natus Vincere) and 4 Anchors and Sea Captain have confirmed their participation.
4 Clovers & Lepricon
In late March, after Goblak left Na’Vi, he put together a new team with some other known teamless professional players. 4 Clovers & Lepricon made a strong and impressive debut, claiming the Esportal Open Qualifier #3 LAN spot, after defeating 4 Anchors and Sea Captain, on April 15. However, following that performance, the team was defeated by m5, on April 19, in the first round of the Yard Festival and by YES on April 28th in the first round of the DreamLeague Qualifiers #4.
Less than one month after forming 4 Clovers & Lepricon, captain and founder Artur “Goblak” Kostenko parted ways with the team. There has been no statement about the reasons surrounding his short lived affiliation with 4CL. Ivan “Vanskor” Skorokhod stepped in to take the support role, although still being listed as a reserve/inactive player for Natus Vincere.
Only three days after Goblak’s departure, Kai “H4nn1” Hanbückers announced his retirement from the competitive scene. Swedish player Niklas “Wagamama” Högström would take his place on 4 Clovers & Lepricon.
4CL did not advance beyond the first day of the TI5 open qualifiers. Only a few days later, the team faced its third roster change in less than two months, with the addition of Jerry “EGM” Lundkvist and Omar “w33haa” Aliwi.
The Gaming Paradise participating teams
Eight invited teams will be competing on the beautiful Adriatic coast of Portorož, Slovenia, for their share of the $50,000 prize pool.
- Team Empire and Ninjas in Pyjamas were among the first teams to be invited.
- Alliance was the fourth team to confirm the participation, in mid July.
- On August 20, Natus Vincere have withdrawn from the Gaming Paradise event, due to “heavy roster changes”, and were replaced by Virtus.Pro.
- 4 Anchors and Sea Captain were the fifth team to accept the invitation.
- Now that 4 Clovers & Lepricon have been dropped by the tournament’s organizers, three slots are still open.
The Gaming Paradise festival
The Gaming Paradise festival is scheduled to take place between September 6-13, in Portorož, Slovenia, and will include two main tournaments (Dota 2 and CS:GO) and several smaller ones (League of Legends, Pro Evolution Soccer 2015, Sid Meier’s Civilization V, and Hearthstone) occurring simultaneously.
The Dota 2 tournament will run for three days, between September 10-12.
The festival will feature onsite music venues, guest and player lodging facilities, a VIP section, restaurants, and expo centers. The beautiful seaside setting boasts sunny beaches, relaxing spas, charming beach-side restaurants and cafés, exciting nightclubs and casinos and amazing sights.
Further details are available on The Gaming Resorts website.
The Gaming Paradise Dota 2 tickets
Tickets for the Dota 2 event are on sale until September 6th and range from $30-$195.
- Paladin Dota 2:
4 nights in a 4-star (5-bed) apartment + 4-day VIP access to the festival during the Dota 2 tournament (10–13 September) for €195.00 + €5.20 fee – only available until August 26
- Barbarian Dota 2:
3-day access to the festival during the Dota 2 tournament (10–13 September) for €90.00 + €2.80 fee
- Barbarian for a Thursday:
1-day ticket for Thursday, 10 September 2015 for €30.00 + €1.44 fee
- Barbarian for a Friday:
1-day ticket for Friday, 11 September 2015 for €30.00 + €1.44 fee
- Barbarian for a Saturday:
1-day ticket for the Dota 2 finals on Saturday, 12 September 2015 for €40.00 + €1.66fee