Immortals have given some clarification regarding their last minute roster change for their group in ELEAGUE Premier 2017, acknowledging that they were aware of Vito "kNgV-" Giuseppe's visa issues before the start of DreamHack Montreal.
"The change is not a result of the events of this weekend, but something that we were aware of and arranging for before DreamHack took place," IMT's PR and Communications Manager Shane Flanagin said in an email statement to theScore esports.
Replacing kNg in Atlanta will be former CS 1.6 legend Raphael "cogu" Camargo, though Flanagin made clear that he would only be staying with Immortals for their games in the ELEAGUE Premier group stage.
The news of IMT fielding a stand in for their games in Atlanta comes on the heels of controversy during DreamHack Montreal 2017's Grand Finals against North. IMT were handed a default loss due to three of their players, kNg, Henrique "HEN1" Teles and Lucas "LUCAS1" Teles, not showing up at the start of the first map. North defeated IMT 16-9 on Cobble to close out the best-of-three series and win the Grand Finals.
theScore esports reached out to IMT regarding this situation, but were issued a no comment and were assured that a statement would be coming in the near future.
"Unfortunately, I'm unable to answer most of these, pending our internal review of what took place," Flanagin said.
IMT's games at the ELEAGUE Premier 2017 Group B will kick off on Sept. 15.
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