After dropping out of IEM Katowice, League of Legends team EDward Gaming has been replaced by Hong Kong Esports of the LMS.
Official update: If you didn't see earlier EDG is replaced with HKE in our League of Legends tournament. #IEM pic.twitter.com/pXkSc43iil— Intel®ExtremeMasters (@IEM) February 18, 2017
EDG declined their invite to IEM Katowice because of visa issues, saying on their official weibo, "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."
Hong Kong Esports will be the second LMS representative alongside Flash Wolves (5-0). Hong Kong Esports sit fourth in the LMS standings with a 2-3 record.
Their team is comprised of the following:
- Top - MapleSnow
- Jungle - Wulala
- Mid - Gear
- ADC - GodKwai
- Support - Nestea
- Sub - MarS
- Sub - KuLu
- Sub - XiaoLiang
- Sub - Gemini
EDG are the second team to drop out because of visa issues. Cloud9 dropped out in early February, stating that they would not be attending IEM Katowice because they wanted to focus on the LCS as well as looming visa concerns. 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."
The tournament kicks off on February 22.