Jake "Xmithie" Puchero has returned to Counter Logic Gaming’s starting lineup for the 2015 World Championship Group Stage, reclaiming his role in the jungle after visa issues earlier this month left him unable to attend the event.
In a post on their website, Counter Logic Gaming announced that Xmithie’s visa for the Paris-based group stage has been approved with no small thanks to some members of the League of Legends community.
“Several members of the community reached out to us after the announcement that Jake’s visa wasn’t possible to complete in the time allotted,” the organization said in a press release. “These people were instrumental in advising and rushing the process at critical areas to get it completed.”
In a statement posted on Twtilonger, CLG's coach, Chris "Blurred Lines" Ehrenreich, assured fans that Xmithie has had time to practice beyond the bootcamp.
"I just want to take a moment to assure everyone that this bootcamp is a drop in the bucket compared to the months of intense training we've had this season," he said. "Our NA Championship was not won off the two weeks prior to playing at MSG, it was won after many months of focused practice. So while it is unfortunate that these events have impacted our bootcamp we will be going into Worlds with the confidence that the totality of our hard work is what has made us Champions.
"We are the 1 seed in our group - the expectation should be that we perform as such."
The current visa issued to Xmithie is only for Paris, and if Counter Logic Gaming makes it out of their group, he will require an additional VISA for the United Kingdom. Counter Logic Gaming has stated that they have already begun the process and are confident he will be approved before the event.
Xmithie also expressed his thanks to the community members, but also to the Counter Logic Gaming staff, for making the visa possible.
Pending the approval of Xmithie’s visa, Counter Logic Gaming’s mid-lane substitute, Choi “HuHi” Jae-hyun was tapped to fill in at the jungle role, moving to their official starting roster for the World Championship.
Nic Doucet is a News Editor for theScore eSports. You can follow him on Twitter.