Hassan brothers unable to secure visas, EG and Forward Gaming to use stand-ins

ESL One Hamburg 2018 is slated to take place from 23rd October and features a $300,000 prize pool. There will be twelve teams in contention at the event which is the first major Dota 2 event outside of the DPC regular season. With reports of ESL possibly not having a single Dota 2 Major in this DPC season, the star-studded attendance at their events is definitely exciting.

ESL One Hamburg is a 12 team event with two groups of six teams each. Each group uses a Round Robin format where the bottom two place teams face elimination from the tournament. The top two teams in each group start out in the Upper Bracket of the Playoffs. The teams ranked 3-4 will start in the Lower Brackets.

CCnC to stand-in for Sumail in Evil Genius

Syed Sumail “SumaiL” Hassan will be unable to attend ESL One Hamburg due to a delay in receiving his visa. The North American organisation has announced CCnC as a stand-in for this tournament.




CCnC is currently a member of Pain X and has experience playing in other teams like The Dire and Optic Gaming. While there is no doubt about CCnC’s skill at the same level, EG fans will definitely be disappointed at not being able to see Sumail in action.

Yawar unable to play due to visa issues, Xcalibur to stand-in.

Sumail’s brother Yawar has also been unable to secure his visa for ESL One Hamburg 2018. Accordingly, Forward Gaming has announced Xcalibur as their stand-in during this tournament. With Yawar’s absence from the roster for the duration of the event, it definitely changes the team composition. Yawar is well-known for his aggressive mid-lane plays with heroes like Shadow Fiend, Storm Spirit as well as Ember Spirit.


Valve’s Dota Pro Circuit will see five Majors and Minors. The Dota 2 Minors will have a succession path towards the Majors. The winner of the Minor receives an invite to the accompanying Major. The teams earn DPC points for their placements at these tournaments. The Majors naturally carry the lions share of the available DPC Points. The first Dota 2 Minor of the 2018-19 season is the Dreamleague Season 10. However, before that, we will see several top teams compete at the ESL One Hamburg 2018. The first match starts on October 23rd, 2018 between Team Secret and Evil Genius.