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Spirit Korb3n on 1win replacement: "There's no reason for deadline to be 13 days before the tournament"

Team Spirit Dota 2 manager Dmitry "Korb3n" Belov commented on the replacement of 1win in ESL One Birmingham 2024. He lashed out at the community for showing little support and wondered why ESL had such a distant deadline in the first place. Korb3n discussed the issue on Telegram.

The situation with 1win's visas. It's a little sad for our community, including the professionals. Instead of support, the comments are: "The management f**ked up", "Anyway, there was no point in going to the event to finish the last," and so on. The team won the qualifiers fairly and deserved this LAN.

When have you seen that kind of imaginary deadline 13 days before the tournament? There's no reason behind it. ESL should have found a replacement team in advance and withdrawn 1win's invite five days before the start of the tournament. Visas to England are difficult and slow to obtain, so delays are common. <...>

In general, as I already wrote in previous posts, all ESL tournaments always follow the rules, even the board games are always the same. Apparently, after the Mind Games shitshow, the regulations became stricter. I hope they change it again and adopt a different approach for replacing teams with visa problems.

Korb3n also responded to Maurice "Khezu" Gutmann, who put out a post accusing 1win coach of lying.

My friend, you better tell us why do you need the deadline to be two weeks before the tournament? You can find a replacement team in advance and buy them the tickets five days before the event if something goes wrong with visas. It was what all the TOs used to do previously. If you don't want to lose the money, make a problematic team buy the tickets themselves, while you buy them for a replacement squad.

Dmitry "Korb3n" Belov

On April 9, 1win was excluded from the list of participants at ESL One Birmingham 2024 due to visa issues. According to the team management, they were late but only several hours after the deadline. The extended deadline didn't help 1win as the consulates weren't working during the weekend. OG will replace them at the tournament.

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