Dendi will play at DreamLeague Minor as a standin for Lithium.
A lot of Visa issues have been plaguing the professional Dota 2 scene recently.
Sumail and Yawar both had Visa problems and could not make it to the ongoing ESL One Hamburg 2018. In the latest news, Lithium’s solo mid, MagE, have also had Visa issues.
A post on Twitter by KheZu, who is currently the captain of Team Lithium, announced that Mage will not be able to participate in the DreamLeague Minor, because “he couldn’t make his Visa”.
As a result of this, they have brought in Dendi himself to take his position as a standin. He will be replacing MagE as the solo mid for Lithium.
Dendi has been playing as a standin for quite a while now since he parted ways with Na’Vi. First, he played as a standin for Vega Squadron for the BTS Summer Cup. Earlier this month, he was the standin player for Team Secret, replacing MidOne in the MainCast Autumn Brawl. His match against Na’Vi received much hype and attention.
Originally, Team Lithium had not qualified for the DreamLeague Minor. The spot was won by Team Liquid, but they backed out of the tournament citing health concerns. This led to a lot of conspiracy theories, with V1lat even claiming to have heard rumors from independent sources that Team Liquid players were not under contract. The rumors were shot down by Team Liquid’s manager.
DreamLeague Season 10 will also have Na’Vi participating, and we will get to see Dendi take on his former organization yet again, as both of them are in the same group. The DreamLeague Minor will be the first minor of the year, having a prize pool of $300,000 and 500 Dota Pro Circuit points.
The tournament will take place in DreamHack Studios in Stockholm, Sweden and will take place from October 29 to November 4.