Gambit Esports have pulled their DOTA 2 team out of the WePlay! Pushka League, just two days before the tournament is about to start. An announcement on the official WePlay! Esports Twitter feed announced that team FlyToMoon would replace Gambit, who stated they were pulling out as the team would not be able to host a proper boot camp before the competition.
With COVID-19 lockdowns in place, some teams are fortunate enough to be able to hunker down in their team houses, while others are forced to play from their respective homes. Playing remotely and disparately brings its own challenges, which the team admits, and it seems the organisation wants the team to practice more before jumping backing to competitive events.
Last month showed that playing from home influences quality of practice and our results. We decided to skip this tournament due to objective obstacles that prevent us from gathering players at boot camp. We’d like to thank WePlay! for an invite and wish luck to all participants https://t.co/0qLPqX60n4
— Gambit Esports (@GambitEsports) April 21, 2020
Gambit underwhelmed at the recent DOTA 2 ESL One Los Angeles event, going 2 and 5 in their pool. Their only wins came against the bottom placed B8 and a surprise 2-0 against Nigma.
The WePlay! Pushka League begins on April 23, with 12 teams playing for $250,000 in the Division One bracket.