The Renegades will be playing in IEM Oakland 2017 after the Immortals were forced to withdraw due to their inability to field the majority of their invited roster.
After their second place finish at the PGL Krakow Major, the Immortals saw the departure of three core members — Vito “kNgV-” Giuseppe, Henrique “HEN1” Teles and Lucas “LUCAS1” Teles — from their starting lineup.
They have been patching up the roster with last-minute replacements which had since took a toll on their results which saw them miss out on the Americas Minor as well as a slot at the regional WESG qualifier.
At present, although the Brazilian team were invited to IEM Oakland with their roster consisting of Ricardo “boltz” Prass, Lucas “steel” Lopes, Caio “zqkS” Fonseca, Joao “horvy” Horvath and Lucas “destiny” Bullo, they were once again denied after ESL announced their disqualification, saying: “Player Visa issues stemming from employment prior to joining Immortals would not allow for entry into the United States for the competition”.
ESL also added that since the team would be able to field only two out of the five listed players, it would not be enough according to the ruleset that requires the majority of the invited players (3/5) to attend the event.
As such, the Renegades will be stepping into the ring and filling Immortals’s spot, after striking a rich vein of form by winning the Asia Minor and the SL i-League Invitational Shanghai, before making the grand final of iBUYPOWER Masters 2017 albeit stopping short after losing 2-0 to Cloud9.
With Renegades set to attend IEM Oakland 2017, the 12-team list for the event now looks thus:
- SK Gaming