Renegades replace Immortals at IEM Oakland
Immortals were forced to withdraw from IEM Oakland 2017 due to the inability to field the majority of their invited roster, and in their place, Renegades were invited.
The Brazilian side that has been going through a tough period after their second place finish at the PGL Krakow Major, with three core members: Vito "kNgV-" Giuseppe, Henrique "HEN1" Teles and Lucas "LUCAS1" Teles, no longer a part of the starting lineup. Patching up the roster with last-minute replacements took a toll on their results, and we saw them miss out on the Americas Minor, as well as a slot at the regional WESG qualifier.
Now, Immortals are being forced to withdraw from IEM Oakland as they aren't able to field a roster that meets the lineup restriction rules. Even though Immortals' invitation was announced back when they had the twins in the lineup, according to ESL's press release, Immortals were invited to IEM Oakland with their roster consisting of Ricardo "boltz" Prass, Lucas "steel" Lopes, Caio "zqkS" Fonseca, João "horvy" Horvath and Lucas "DeStiNy" Bullo, but as the organizer put it: "Player Visa issues stemming from employment prior to joining Immortals would not allow for entry into the United States for the competition".
At this moment, it is unclear which Immortals players are having visa problems, but ESL stated that the team would be able to field only two out of the five listed players, which would not be enough according to the ruleset that requires the majority of the invited players (3/5) to attend the event.
Stepping into Immortals' spot will be Renegades, who have been on a roll recently, winning the Asia Minor and the SL i-League Invitational Shanghai, and have also made the grand final of iBUYPOWER Masters 2017, where they will face the winner of Cloud9 - Liquid soon.
With Renegades, who are currently 17th in our ranking, set to attend IEM Oakland 2017, the team list for the event now looks like this: