Liquid replace Evil Geniuses at IEM Global Challenge
Peter "stanislaw" Jarguz's team has skipped another event due to COVID-19-related travel restrictions.
Evil Geniuses have decided to withdraw from IEM Global Challenge, with Liquid being invited to replace them as the next North American team in line according to ESL's World Ranking, the organizers have announced.
The $500,000 tournament is the second EG have decided to pass up on as a result of "COVID-19 related restrictions" within the past week, after they also skipped the BLAST Premier Fall Showdown at the last minute for the same reason.
Evil Geniuses' withdrawal from the tournament means that they have nothing left in the calendar until the beginning of 2021, with their next showing set to be at the BLAST Premier Global Finals on January 18-24. They last attended IEM Beijing-Haidan in North America, where they placed third-fourth after a loss to Chaos in the semi-finals.
Meanwhile, Liquid will prolong their stay in Europe until the end of the year. So far, their campaign in the Old Continent saw them go out in the semi-finals of BLAST Premier Fall Showdown at the hands of FURIA and fail to qualify for the Finals.
At the moment, Jake "Stewie2K" Yip and company are competing in DreamHack Masters Winter, in which the North American side is currently playing against mousesports in Group B's upper bracket quarter-finals.
IEM Global Challenge is set to run from December 15-20 with eight teams in attendance, including the world's top four sides according to HLTV.org's ranking — Vitality, Heroic, Natus Vincere, and Astralis — as well as FURIA, Complexity, and Chaos.