NoShang Invitational bid farewell to Team Empire. The CIS team has withdrawn from the event. Their departure comes after losing their first series 0:2 to COOKISS. The team has cited roster issues as the main reason and will not be replaced in the event.
— GameShowDota (@gameshowdota2) February 13, 2016
The organizers for NoShang Invitational have announced today that Team Empire have withdrawn from the event. The team cited roster issues as the reason, having lost Roman “Resolut1on” Fominok to the North American team Digital Chaos on February 4th.
Unfortunately we have decided to withdraw from NoShang Invitational. We are testing different players and playing with several stand-ins and that will go in the near future. Some players who we test at the moment and will test soon have already played or will play for the other teams on this tournament. Because of tournament rules we can’t use them and that makes the participation in the tournament senseless
-Team Empire managment
Their early departure comes one day after losing the series to the Swedish team COOKISS. The first loss was a default win awarded to COOKISS.
Team Empire had dropped to the lower bracket and were scheduled to face the loser from the match between Samurai Champloo and Tornado RoX.
Samurai Champloo and Tornado RoX are set to play today at 16:30 CET. Admins have confirmed to DotaBlast that there will not be a replacement team. The losing team between Champloo and T.RoX will receive a default win the lower bracket rounds.
NoShang Invitational tournament kicked off February 10th featuring a $10,000 prize pool and sixteen invited teams. The European event will showcase teams that had competed in the Shanghai Major Open Qualifiers and the Shanghai Major European Regional Qualifiers. PowerRangers, ATN, LC, COOKISS, PRIES, Burden United, Samurai Champloo, Yellow Submarine, Tornado Rox, STARK, Ad Finem, Prodota Gaming, hehe united, Team Averia and HR will battle it out through the next few weeks.
NoShang Invitational prize pool distribution
$10,000 prize pool total
- 1st place: $6,000
- 2nd place: $3,000
- 3rd place: $1000