Cloud9 confirmed at BLAST Pro Series; Liquid replace them at ESL One NY

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."

tarik and co. will be attending the tournament in Turkey after all

Replacing Cloud9 at ESL One New York will be Liquid, who are seemingly trending upward with Epitacio "TACO" de Melo, finishing second to Astralis at the recent ESL Pro League Season 7 Finals.

With this, five of the six attending teams are known for BLAST Pro Series Istanbul:

Denmark Astralis Sweden NiP
Turkey Space Soldiers Poland
United States Cloud9 Other Invite

On the other hand, only two of eight teams that will attend ESL One New York 2018 have been announced so far, FaZe and Liquid.

Europe FaZe North America Liquid
Other TBD Other TBD
Other TBD Other TBD
Other TBD Other TBD
Brazil Epitacio 'TACO' de Melo
Epitacio 'TACO' de Melo
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So.. Tarik wants to play im front his 1/2 half nations people over the other 1/2 half nations
2018-05-23 17:58
i mean its a very rare opportunity, im sure he doesnt want to miss it
2018-05-23 17:59
United States mers_cs 
he has many fans in turkey btw
2018-05-23 19:43
1/2 already means half if you also say half it kinda means quarter
2018-05-25 00:41
Belgium Ex6TenZz 
2018-05-23 17:57
fnx | 
Brazil foliboni 
2018-05-23 17:58
Vp wasted spot
2018-05-23 17:58
+1 tier 4 team
2018-05-25 02:10
Lithuania KoksSkirtumas 
wasted spot.
2018-05-23 17:58
2018-05-23 17:58
2018-05-23 17:58
I think tarık force them :)
2018-05-23 17:58
2018-05-23 18:00
tabseN | 
United States amirica 
That’s good hopefully they dismantle Astralis.
2018-05-23 18:00
2018-05-23 18:00
Yes i dont like them but their teamplay so unique bro
2018-05-23 23:38
Ez event for Astralis
2018-05-23 17:59
jks | 
Australia Mosski 
Ok ok
2018-05-23 17:59
Germany Lifant 
idea: dont put 2 huge lans on the same date
2018-05-23 17:59
Indonesia EverChosen 
Finally tournaments with no astralis faze match up
2018-05-23 17:59
So Astralis win BLAST Pro Series and FaZe win ESL One NY Ez
2018-05-23 17:59
ESL NY >>>>>>> Delay Noob Series
2018-05-23 18:19
United Kingdom cowbunga 
no astralis>liquid>s1mple>faze
2018-05-23 18:21
India grinchxd 
Astralis > FaZe > s1mple Vincere > Liquid NT smooya
2018-05-23 18:52
United Kingdom cowbunga 
NT IT support
2018-05-23 21:06
India grinchxd 
ty xd
2018-05-24 07:47
Hahaha +1
2018-05-24 08:36
North America noahB_ 
Atm id say LIQUID are definitely capable of beating Faze in a series. Also These events are all the way in September. The top teams might be a bit different by then.
2018-05-23 20:59
Germany YarrakJunior 
YES tarik is back istanbul will be lit
2018-05-23 17:59
Mexico d0naldtrump 
2018-05-23 18:00
Finland Vkims 
Fnatic to blast pro
2018-05-23 18:00
Why the fuck would Cloud9 pull out from their home crowd to play in Istanbul?
2018-05-23 18:02
because they'll just dissapoint again like in dallas, whereas liquid made the grand final and put up a good fight and took the only map astralis lost in the entire tournament smart decision, they know liquid can be relied on to do something, so instead of trying to do something themselves they drop to a lower tier tournament to get more experience with FNS
2018-05-23 18:05
United States Prattatat 
To be honest liquid was probably getting an Invite anyway. ESL probably wants to NA teams but the only two worth invites are C9 and Liquid. Shame they dropped out after many fans bought tickets to see them play again
2018-05-23 18:10
now this opens up for NRG to get an invite, since they are the third best NA team, and they get more experience on lan
2018-05-23 18:13
ropz | 
United States SercaCS 
I hope nrg gets an invite. Really fun team to watch play. Hope they juat keep gettinf better
2018-05-23 18:29
United States Prattatat 
Yea I hope they do to but I'm not sure if NRG has enough pull or pedigree to earn an invite.
2018-05-23 19:07
invite or not they'll still demolish in the na qualifier now that Liquid won't play in it
2018-05-23 19:08
United States Prattatat 
Oh good point
2018-05-23 19:09
C9 scared of the inevitable group exit
2018-05-23 18:03
2018-05-23 18:41
gl to them
2018-05-23 18:03
United States Prattatat 
Damnit!!! I bought my tickets to see the bois play again.... God Damn Ergodan fucking everything up again
2018-05-23 18:09
Tarik* not erdogan, I am 200% sure tarik forced the boys to go to the goatfn capital of the world
2018-05-23 18:17
Azerbaijan bzhakan 
what is goatfn?
2018-05-23 18:29
I'm not saying it, jonathan will ban me
2018-05-23 20:27
United States Prattatat 
The change of dates due to a snap election he called is what created this issue in the first place
2018-05-23 19:08
That means we get to watch Cloud9 on Twitch instead of Facebook. I'm OK with it.
2018-05-23 18:09
+1 can agree
2018-05-23 18:13
ESL One won't be on facebook tho, will be on twitch just like IEM
2018-05-23 18:18
All ESL One events are on Facebook until 2020 (Cologne, Belo Horizonte, New York, etc.). It sucks, I know.
2018-05-23 18:23
Nooooo.... Seeriously?
2018-05-23 18:57
Netherlands Jonasio 
SK should be there
2018-05-23 18:12
Should be where? Sk is already withdraw from blast for esl ny
2018-05-23 18:30
Netherlands Jonasio 
Oh shit that is true
2018-05-23 19:06
NiKo | 
Bosnia and Herzegovina MRYENER 
last invite navi pls
2018-05-23 18:12
Turkey yasinavsar 
Invite fnatic !!
2018-05-23 18:13
NiKo | 
Europe trey_ 
"pro series" ss, c9, vp OMEGALUL
2018-05-23 18:17
2018-05-23 18:19
India grinchxd 
3:0 btw
2018-05-23 18:53
And? They were still in the finals
2018-05-25 17:47
India grinchxd 
idk xd
2018-05-25 17:48
At ESL Cologne last year Cloud9 was 3-0'd in the finals by SK but they were both still invited.
2018-05-25 18:38
Turkey Mertcursed 
2018-05-23 18:20
United States Nyctop 
You already clown9 goes to blast just for a better chance of winning.
2018-05-23 18:20
Asia KaraRRR 
Invite HR pls :(
2018-05-23 18:27
Denmark denDAY04 
Guess they prefer their chances in a smaller event with less T1 teams than at a prestigious event with a Grand Slam chance. ;)
2018-05-23 18:31
Friis | 
Denmark baitzera 
Why the fuck would they invite such a bad team as VP? Blast Pro series lost my respect.
2018-05-23 18:32
money from all those 10yr old pasha fans > an actual good team
2018-05-23 19:08
Stewie2K | 
United States Jbod 
Fucking Tarik.
2018-05-23 18:35
BLAST legit dont have a single good team attenting now aside of astralis ofc, what a joke of an event and they dare to say its the best event of this month lol
2018-05-23 19:07
Twistzz | 
Greece 1926 
well if i were tarik i'd go with the space soldiers just for this tournament instead of forcing my team out of another tournament...i'm sure space soldiers would sacriface a member of their team just for some games to add tarik
2018-05-23 19:09
New Zealand HEDcs 
space soldiers just disbanned
2018-05-23 19:17
C9 fans should be happy so they don't have to watch from facebook lol
2018-05-23 19:26
Japan Jotaro 
C9 traitors to America?
2018-05-23 19:48
C9 knew they had a better chance at Istanbul, smart decision tbh. Sad to see them go but Liquid is better than c9 tourny wise anyways
2018-05-23 19:59
Brazil jkumb98 
Astralis is going to BLAST RIP better chance
2018-05-26 05:30
C9 still ez second
2018-05-26 05:30
2018-05-23 20:08
Ninjas | 
Luxembourg xdxdasd 
Nice C9
2018-05-23 20:28
Brazil BuddyINSANE 
Sounds cool for them! GOOD LUCK LIQUID <3 We smart, we loyal, we friendly, we are from BRAZIL! Kreygasm
2018-05-23 20:57
VP Wasted spot ATM
2018-05-23 21:16
rain | 
Turkey Fac3y 
meh who cares which teams will attend if faze wont -.-
2018-05-23 23:18
it's Blast not for plasts
2018-05-24 10:25
Finally, no Faze - C9 match.
2018-05-24 13:01
2018-05-24 14:25
allu | 
Canada PwnNewb 
Good we would rather see Liquid than C9
2018-05-25 01:40
Sweden aer1aL 
tarik going to make that Turkish crowd 'plode.
2018-05-25 01:41
Secret meeting will happen at 3pm between Xantares and Tarik
2018-05-25 04:37
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