Invictus Gaming unable to attend Frankfurt Major
It has been announced via the Invictus Gaming Weibo and Facebook account that the team will not be able to compete at the very first Major. The Facebook post stated that the team were not going to be anle to compete due to "personal reasons".
A rough translation of the Weibo post gives a more detailed explanation, saying that the players were unable to gain Visas to play at the event. The post reads, "Since the player Su 'super' Peng's account were problems not solved in time, the Soviet Union was unable to obtain a passport for him to travel".
The post continues discussing super's Visa issues and the roster and substitute lock that Valve has introduced for the Major: "Since Valve's official introduction of the substitute system, so in case we failed to submit a list of the bench, Valve is not allowing iG to re-use substitutes, the end result is that the game will not travel iG, Valve will choose another a Chinese team in our place to attend the Frankfurt Major".
Super was a post-TI5 addition to the iG squad and is now the team's new captain, but passport issues hampered is progress in guaranteeing his attendance in Frankfurt. iG also failed to sign up for Valve's registration list in order to be allowed to compete with a standin. They did not register any substitutes on their official roster and so will be denied the use of one.
This will be one of the first premier international LANs that the Chinese TI2 winners will not be able to attend. A replacement Chinese team is to be announced shortly. Currently, it is rumoured to be Newbee.Young, as they were the team that iG beat in the lower bracket of the China qualifiers to make it to Frankfurt in the first place.
Do you think Newbee.Young are a worthy replacement?