Cloud9 pulled out of ESL One New York in order to attend BLAST Pro Series Istanbul on the newly announced dates. To replace them in New York, ESL invited another top North American team - Liquid.
Cloud9 had originally been announced for BLAST Pro Series Istanbul back in March, but the recent date change, that saw the tournament moved to September to a date overlapping with ESL One New York, put their attendance in question.
Despite already being announced for ESL One New York, Cloud9 decided to pull out of the tournament in order to attend BLAST Pro Series Istanbul. That decision will cost them a portion of their prize money at the next ESL One event they play, ESL stated in their official announcement:
"Cloud9 were directly invited to compete at ESL One New York on March 27th. The team has accepted our invitation on April 1st and was announced to the fans as one of the attending teams. Since then, Cloud9 have decided to withdraw from the tournament to pursue other challenges, travelling to Istanbul instead."
"Due to their cancellation after accepting the invite, Cloud9 will be penalized with a prize money deduction during their next ESL One event. As per our rules, prize money deductions due to penalty points will be redistributed to all other attending teams based on their final ranking."
With this, five of the six attending teams are known for BLAST Pro Series Istanbul: