Mind Games has been removed from the Stockholm Major Dota Pro Circuit

Mind Games has been removed from the Stockholm Major Dota Pro Circuit ...

ESL and Valve have officially removed Mind Games from the Dota Pro Circuit Stockholm Major one day after they were forced to forfeit their first series against Thunder Awaken due to unforeseen travel visa issues.

Every team in Group B for the Majors Group Stage will automatically get a shout to the playoffs and will now only be competing for seeding rather than to avoid elimination on May 15.

Due to persistent VISA scarcity, we have made the difficult decision to exclude Mind Games from the #ESLOne Stockholm Dota Major. As a result all Group B teams will receive automatic byes, and Mind Games will be eliminated from the Group B. pic.twitter.com/aKVa6aRVAT

As Danil Bignum Shekhovtsov and Semion CemaTheSlayer Krivulya both failed to leave Ukraine to compete, the team agreed to play with PuckChamp support players Genadiy Astral Motuz and Andrey Dukalis Kuropatkin for the duration of the event.

This is particularly unfortunate as the Mind Games players previously knew that their visas were approved ahead of the competition and planned to compete with those stand-ins in place. Three players, however, did not receive them in time to travel to Stockholm for the first day.

After the DPCs Spring Tour Playoffs for Eastern Europe was delayed, Mind Games finished third, beating PuckChamp and CIS Rejects to qualify for the Major. They were also on the receiving end of a controversial situation brought on by one of Virtus.pros players, which resulted in the Russian team being disqualified.