The general manager of Virtus.pro, Roman Dvoryankin has stated that the team is sorry that it has had to pull out of the tournament and to refuse from the participation in front of the English people. He called the focus on two upcoming important tournaments, namely EPICENTER Major 2019 and The International 2019 as the main reason. Roman has said that the team wants to gain power, to gain a gaming shape and to finish the Dota Pro Circuit season 2018/2019 beautifully. He has also explained that a good performance in front of the Russian audience at the fifth Major tournament is more important than ESL One Birmingham 2019. By the way, it will take place in Moscow, the capital of Russia on June 22-30.
With regard to Gambit Esports, they have confirmed their participation in the upcoming tournament.