North America’s Cloud9 has decided to step down from the upcoming Intel Extreme Masters World Championship in Katowice, Poland, the tournament organizer announced Thursday.
— Intel®ExtremeMasters (@IEM) February 9, 2017
C9 have opted to stay focused on their fruitful 6-0 start to their League of Legends Championship Series campaign, giving their members a two-week competitive breather before what could be a marathon through the 2017 World Championship.
The same announcement also cites “the current uncertainty around visas and re-entry for Cloud9’s internationals since 60 percent of the Cloud9 League of Legends staff are foreigners on a visa to the United States,” as a contributing factor.
You May Like
By staying behind, the two-time LCS champion relinquish the opportunity to compete for a portion of the $150,000 prize pool while going head-to-head with other first place lineups such as Unicorns of Love and Edward Gaming.
“Although we would have loved to see them live, we understand their reasons and wish them the best of luck in the NA LCS.”
IEM are yet to announce C9’s replacement.