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5men Disband and Drop Out of EPIC League

Michael Hassall  | 
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5men formally disbanded just three matches into their EPIC League run. The team will forfeit their remaining games. (Photo courtesy Epicenter)

5men, the independent stack made up of former members of OG.Seed and Cloud9 has disbanded. The team broke apart in the midst of the EPIC League, after recording a 1-1 record in the event. The disbandment was revealed by EPIC League officials on November 18th, in a post on the tournament’s social media.

Signs of turmoil from the team started the previous day, as the squad were forced to forfeit from their match against Gambit Esports.

Ultimately, the team would be disbanded, with Team Captain Rasmus “MISERY” Filipsen confirming the move on his Twitter. The disbandment of a team in the midst of an event, with no replacement team, is unprecedented.

5men, which had consisted of Marcus “Ace” Hoelgaard, Rasmus Johan “Chessie” Blomdin, Andreas Per “Xibbe” Ragnemalm, MISERY, and Johan “pieliedie” Åström, was formed in late July. The squad was largely made up of former OG.Seed and Cloud9 members, and immediately found success in qualifying for the OMEGA League, and OGA Dota PIT S3. However, the team saw their placement in tournaments slipping as the year progressed.

Against tough competition in the EPIC League Closed Qualifiers, 5men fell to the second division. But after an initial victory, forfeited their second game, before disbanding by just their third match in the tournament proper.

Beyond the roster of 5men, the disbandment comes as a blow to several teams who fell just shy of a spot in the EPIC League. As one of the highest prize pool events of this online era of Dota 2 events, spots in the league were highly contested. What’s more, failure to qualify ended up being make or break for several teams. Team Unique’s roster disbanded after their elimination from closed qualifiers, while HellRaisers underwent a full restructuring after dropping out of the event.

As a result of their disbandment all of the team’s previous games will be registered as a loss. The biggest beneficiary of this will be open qualifier team Spider Pigz (formerly Tempo Esports), who now move to 2-0 in the event, and pull towards the top of the table. The EPIC League continues live one EPICENTER’s official Twitch channel.

Michael Hassall
Michael Hassall
Michael is a Brit-based esports generalist and timezone traveler. He spends his free time polishing his collection of fighting game tournament participation trophies.