Ad Finem to replace Na`Vi in DreamLeague Season 6

by Josh Bury Oct 31 2016
Thumbnail image courtesy of Dennis Gonzales / Ad Finem

Ad Finem will replace Natus Vincere in season 6 of DreamLeague and take over their 1-1 record, the DreamHack-organized league announced Monday.

The announcement on DreamLeague's website said Na`Vi "have decided to leave" DreamLeague, though no further explanation was provided.

Na`Vi released a short statement on the situation on their website, with Dota 2 manager Igor "caff" Sidorenko saying the org will release more information within the week, as well as possible roster changes.

"Unfortunately, we made a decision to leave DreamLeague due to what's been happening lately," caff said in the statement. "We express our gratitude to the organizers for the understanding of the situation. We also wish good luck to Ad Finem that will perform at the event instead of our team. We'll announce the reasons as well as the future of our Dota 2 roster within a week."

Though cryptic, caff's statement most likely refers to the team's poor performance in the Boston Major EU regional qualifier, where they were knocked out of the group stage after tying for last with Escape Gaming and Fantastic Five with a 2-7 record.

Replacing Na`Vi will be rising Greek force Ad Finem, who are fresh off an impressive run at The Boston Major Qualifiers. Over the weekend, Ad Finem defeated both Team Secret and Team Liquid in 2-0 sets to clinch Europe's Winner's side spot at The Boston Major.

In a statement given to DreamLeague, Ad Finem manager Mike "Madao" Chatzialexiou said that the team was relieved to have qualified for Boston.

"It was really a unique feeling, like finally the 'curse' is broken," he said. "And the feeling of achieving something we wanted for a long while."

Ad Finem will also inherit Na`Vi's schedule in DreamLeague, meaning they have six remaining best-of-twos in league play and will not have the chance to meet Alliance, whom Na`Vi already played. They will play two series each day from Nov. 1-3.

The Top 4 teams from DreamLeague's league play will advance to the LAN Finals from Nov. 25-26 at DreamHack Winter in Jönköping, Sweden, where they will battle for their slice of the $175,000 prize pool.

Last updated Oct. 31 at 11:30 a.m. ET.

Josh "Gauntlet" Bury is a news editor for theScore esports. You can find him on Twitter.