[LoL] Three team changes for Kiev
SK replaces AL.mTw after troubles between AbsoluteLegends and mTw. Furthermore Curse will replace APictureOfAGoose who have two members that could not come to Kiev. Chinese team iG had to be replaced by French Sypher due to no other Chinese team being available.

AbsoluteLegends and mTw break-up leads to SK replacment

After winning the European qualifier for Kiev under their tag and announcing that the players joined the clan, Absolute Legend EU's license to participate in the Intel Extreme Masters went to mTw, a recognized organization within ESL tournaments.

Soon three of their players left the clan again, leaving mTw without the majority of players that is necessary to keep the gained slot. mTw and the newly formed CLG.eu came to a mutual agreement to make sure that the slot would not go to waste: CLG.eu would be playing with their new lineup and receive all the prize money but all ranking points would go to mTw. Soon after both parties called the agreement off.

This left the ESL with no other choice but to disqualify both parties from the tournament and give the spot in the tournament to the runner up from the EU qualifier: SK Gaming.

Since then both parties and also SK member CandyPanda have released statements regarding the incident:

Statement from CLG.eu
Statement from mTw
Statement from SK|CandyPanda

Curse replaces APictureOfAGoose

The American participant APictureOfAGoose had to cancel their participation in early January. A statement released on reddit named family problems for members Mandatorycloud and Lemongod as the reason not to go. The replacement was decided in a match between Counter-Logic Gaming and Curse with the latter taking win and the spot.

China slot not fillable after iG cancels

The Chinese top team iG was unable to get visas in time for their trip to the Ukraine. No other team from China was able to fill in for them so the spot went to the French team Sypher who will participate in their second Global Challenge, having already been in New York.

With all these changes the groups for the $32,000 tournament in Kiev look like this:

Group A
SK Gaming
White Lotus
Team SoloMid
Team Curse
Group B
against All authority
Gambit Gaming
Team Sypher
Team Dignitas

Global Challenge Kiev
19th-22nd of January 2012 - CyberSport Arena
1380923, Thursday, 12/01/12 11:52
comments (6)
Its a pity the Chinese teams couldn't make it. They would probably have rocked the entire tournament.
How did the spot go to Sypher? You gave explanations for the other two teams who come as substitutes, but not for them.
Actually both Sypher and LDLC were next in line from the EU qualifier. Unfortunately LDLC was not able to come to the event so the slot went to Sypher without a decider match.
Thanks :)
And Sypher agreed to this? They lost their team last time I checked.
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