Can Quest Esports qualify for TI12 without their coach?

Alexander  “Accell” Litvinenko joined Quest Esports before the start of this Dota Pro Circuit and he did a really... Radu M. | 14. July 2023

Alexander  “Accell” Litvinenko joined Quest Esports before the start of this Dota Pro Circuit and he did a really good job, helping the team become one of the best in Western Europe and probably having an important role in the signing of Ammar “ATF” Al-Assaf, who proved to be an extremely valuable player.

In the MENA Qualifier for Riyadh Masters 2023, Quest won thanks in part to his performance in the offlane position. Later, at the more recent Bali Major, Quest finished 4th and were close to securing a Grand Final spot that would have offered them the opportunity to compete at The International 12 without going through qualifiers.

In Tour 3 of DPC 2023, Quest Esports finished 3rd in the strongest region of the six, Western Europe.

All of these results clearly indicate that Quest is a team on the rise and one of the biggest threats to anyone who’s trying to win an international competition. But recently, their coach left, and now the players need to do everything on their own.

What the future may hold for Quest Esports

It’s not clear at all why Accell was removed from the team. Quest’s official statement doesn’t specify. All it says is that the team carefully examined his activity and reached the conclusion that parting ways with him was the best decision.

Recently, we saw Natus Vincere letting go of some of its CS:GO players. But some of them were so good that it’s hard not to ask the question: did the fact that they were Russian have something to do with the decision? The same principle applies here, because Accell is Russian.

Most likely, given the strength of the roster, Quest will perform well at Riyadh Masters 2023 and at TI12, should they qualify. It’s hard to imagine them not finishing at least in the top eight after what we saw them accomplish at the Bali Major and in the third Tour of DPC.

In best-of-two matches, Quest defeated some of the best teams in the world: Bleed Esports, Evil Geniuses, BetBoom Team, nouns, and Azure Ray. Some of these teams are already qualified for both TI12 and Riyadh Masters 2023.

We don’t know at this point whether Quest Esports will choose to compete without a coach for the remainder of this season or if they intend to find a replacement for Accell. There are plenty of people who could add a lot of value to the team, but most of them are already under contract with different organizations.

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