After Evil Geniuses announced yesterday that their mid laner Sumail “SumaiL” Hassan will not be able to attend the upcoming ESL One Hamburg with the team due to visa delays, Forward Gaming, the other NA representative team present at the event, is unfortunately also forced to call a friend to help them next week in Germany.
Yawar “YawaR” Hassan experienced the same delays as his little brother and he won’t be able to join his team. Both Evil Geniuses and Forward Gaming were invited to ESL One Hamburg over a month ago, which should have been, at least in theory, enough time for the two Pakistani brothers to sort out their travel documents. However, the reality is different and while Quinn “CCnC” Callahan will stand in for EG, Forward Gaming (FWD) will play with Steve “xcalibur” Ye in the mid lane. For SumaiL this is the first time in four years when he won’t be at a LAN with his team. The timing is rather unfortunate for these two teams as ESL One Hamburg is the first big LAN ahead of the Kuala Lumpur Major. Both EG and FWD are qualified for the Major and most likely they were looking at this first LAN for them in the new season as a testing ground for the Major battle.
Unfortunately, due to some visa issues @YawaR_YS would not be able to attend ESL One Hamburg.
— Forward Gaming (@goFORWARDgg) October 20, 2018
Forward Gaming formed just in the past shuffle when four players of the disbanded VGJ.Storm were joined by Saahil “UNiVeRsE” Arora. Xcalibur, their stand-in for ESL One Hamburg, registered at the beginning of the season with the Japanese organization DeToNator and so far he played in several qualifiers via SEA region. Nonetheless, it seems that xcalibur is playing his pub games from Europe, as he is currently ranked 1st on the European Dota 2 Leaderboards. We will find out in just a few days if his mechanical skills will help Forward Gaming at ESL One Hamburg 2018. The event starts on the 23rd of October with the group stage and on the 26th it will enter the playoffs phase.
ESL One Hamburg 2018 participating teams:
- Virtus.pro (direct invite)
- Evil Geniuses (direct invite)
- Team Secret (direct invite)
- Mineski (direct invite)
- Ninjas in Pyjamas (direct invite)
- Forward Gaming (direct invite)
- paiN Gaming (direct invite)
- Vici Gaming (direct invite)
- Alliance (Europe Qualifier)
- compLexity Gaming (North American Qualifier)
- Team Aster (China Qualifier)
- EVOS Esports (TNC Predator replacement)