Grayhound, ORDER withdraw from eXTREMESLAND 2019 Asia Finals
While the announcement of the two Oceanic teams pulling is revealed just a few days before the start of eXTREMESLAND 2019 Asia Finals (November 14-17), the overlap with the ESL Pro League S10 APAC group stage (November 16-18) was an issue known since the Oceania Regional Finals which took place at the end of October in Sydney.
The four teams involved — Grayhound, ORDER, Chiefs, and AVANT—, and two tournament organizers attempted to find a solution, the obvious one being changing the ESL Pro League dates, but according to a report by HTT News, AVANT was against that proposition, which stopped it from happening.
With the original dates sticking, Grayhound and ORDER decided to pull out of eXTREMESLAND and prioritize ESL Pro League Season 10, while eXTREMSLAND decided against inviting the next two teams based on the Regional Qualifier (Chiefs and AVANT) as replacements and have instead given the chance to Oceanic squads Ground Zero and Genuine. The decision was explained in the official statement from the tournament organizer:
"Over the past few weeks, and after countless discussions with all teams involved as well as ESL Australia and ESL Global, we have come to a decision. Because there were so many elements to the equation (including visa statuses, logistics, fairness etc), we believe the final decision had to do it’s best to overcome these issues while remaining true to the competitive spirit of eXTREMESLAND." - official statement
The updated schedule for eXTREMESLAND 2019 Asia Finals, which will take place on November 14-17 in Shanghai, China, is now as follows:
Meanwhile, the following four squads will fight online for one ESL Pro League spot in the APAC group stage on November 16-18: