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Cloud9 have decided to stay focused on their championship run. Feature image via Riot Games.

Cloud9 Ditches IEM Katowice

Feb 11, 2017
Cloud9 have decided to stay focused on their championship run. Feature image via Riot Games.

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.

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.

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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.

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David Demarco
A native of St. Louis, Missouri, David has been an avid fan of the NFL since since the late 90’s, which led to his desire to become a local sportswriter throughout high school. Things would change when he finally gave League of Legends a chance at the end of Season 4, in which he instantly became fascinated with the professional scene watching the NA playoffs. Apart from League, he enjoys watching Counter Strike, Halo and Overwatch. He’s also written for GosuGamers, Denial eSports and Renegades.
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