Another League of Legends team has withdrawn from IEM Katowice. According to the team's weibo, EDward Gaming will not be participating in the tournament due to visa restraints.
Translated by Yahoo Esports, the page says, "Notice: Due to visa issues, EDward Gaming’s League of Legends team will withdraw from the IEM event. EDG was scheduled to travel to Poland for the IEM Finals from February 22 to February 26, but because of player visa conditions, visas cannot be obtained before the day of the event. We regretfully withdraw. EDG wish to say sorry to the event sponsors and fans, and we hope that the event is still a successful one."
EDG have declined invites to international tournaments before, but never because of visa issues.
They are the second team to drop out because of visa-related problems. Cloud9 first dropped out on February 9. Jack Etienne, the Owner of Cloud9 said, "The schedule of the event is very difficult to manage without packed LCS schedule. Additionally, 60% of our team and staff are imports which potentially could be tragic for our team should we have issues returning to the USA." While C9 also dropped out to focus on their strong LCS play, it is evident that the uncertainty around visas was also part of the problem.
The teams currently going to IEM Katowice are as follows:
A replacement team is yet to be named.