In a statement to theScore eSports, Blizzard eSports PR manager David Gordon confirmed that Brave Ozone would be replaced by Argentinian team Furious Gaming. He also expressed Blizzard's disappointment at the visa issues encountered by Brave Ozone, who will be unable to attend as a result.
"All of the teams set to compete this weekend at the Heroes of the Storm Americas Championship fought hard to get there, and we’re disappointed to hear that Brave Ozone will not be able to make the trip due to visa issues. Our eSports group does assist with this type of thing when possible, but on occasion, there are circumstances beyond our control that prohibit players from traveling. Brave Ozone is a great team, and we hope to see them continue to have a strong showing in future events."
At the Copa América 2015 tournament, which seeded the Latin American team for the Americas Championship, Furious Gaming came in third place. After defeating CNB E-Sports Club earlier on the winners' side, they were sent to the losers' bracket by Brave Ozone in the winners' final, and then eliminated by CNB in the losers' final.
Josh Bury is the news editor for Heroes of the Storm at theScore eSports. You can follow him on Twitter.