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TNC issue statements regarding Kuku's supposed ban from Chongqing
TNC Predator took to Twitter this weekend to report that, according to the organizers of the upcoming Chongqing Major, there will be certain repercussions if their offlaner, Carlo "Kuku" Palad, decides to attend the tournament.
The announcement comes in the wake of last week's news that Kuku and compLexity Gaming's former midlaner, Andrei "Skemberlu" Ong, had allegedly been banned from attending the Chongqing Major after he used an anti-Chinese racial slur in a public match a few weeks prior.
The Filipino organization allegedly learned from tournament organizers that the repercussions of Kuku's Major attendance would potentially be three-fold.
First, Kuku could be denied access to the country; second, the municipal government who reportedly issued the ban in the first place might cancel the tournament altogether; third, should Kuku choose to attend, the organizers "will not be able to guarantee his safety."
What's more, in a statement released late last night, TNC reported that the only response the organization has had from Valve is that the "team may still compete at the Major with a stand-in and that no point penalties will be applied."
Several Dota 2 casters and personalities — including Grant "GranDGranT" Harris, Henrik "AdmiralBulldog" Ahnberg and, according to a TwitLonger released today by Austin "Capitalist" Walsh, both he and William "Blitz" Lee — have since made it clear that they will abstain from attending the event should Kuku's ban fail to be lifted.
AdreN departs Gambit, enters free agency
Dauren "AdreN" Kystaubayev, one of the founding members of Gambit Esports' CS:GO squad, has entered free agency, the organization announced on Saturday.
AdreN helped Gambit secure a Major victory at PGL Krakow in July of 2017, where he was awarded the tournament's MVP award. His future plans have yet to be announced.
Origen unveil new LEC roster
Origen have announced their full roster for the inaugural season of the newly-minted League of Legends European Championship.
The team's full roster runs as follows:
- Barney "Alphari" Morris (Top)
- Jonas "Kold" Andersen (Jungle)
- Erlend "Nukeduck" Holm (Mid)
- Patrik "Sheriff" Jiru (ADC)
- Alfonso "Mithy" Rodriguez (Support)
The team has also announced that it has signed André Guilhoto and Fabian Broich as its head and assistant coaches, respectively.
swag to stand in for fer at BLAST Pro Series Lisbon
MIBR have enlisted Braxton "swag" Pierce to stand-in for Fernando "fer" Alvarenga at BLAST Pro Series Lisbon, the organization announced on Sunday.
fer's reason for missing the event is health-related. According to HLTV, he is slated to undergo ear surgery.
Newbee bench Moogy and Inflame
Newbee have benched Xu "Moogy" Han and He "Inflame" Yongzheng, the organization announced early Monday morning.
Since finishing as the runner-ups of The International 2017, Newbee's results have steadily declined, culminating in a disappointing 13-16th place at The International 2018. Following the team's poor performance at TI, the roster parted ways with its offlaner, Damien "kpii" Chok, and brought in Inflame as a result.
The remaining members of Newbee's active roster are fan favourite midlaner, Song "Sccc" Chun, TI-winning captain and drafter Zeng "Faith" Hongda, and Yan "Waixi" Chao, a former member of the organization's academy lineup, Newbee Young.
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