The pending League of Legends Association of Chinese Esports ruling and a hand injury suffered by Huang "Mortred" Zikun leave Qiao Gu Reapers' starting mid laner uncertain for today's LPL Semifinal match against EDward Gaming.
QG Reapers' internal issues have become a public struggle. Previously, it was reported from the Facebook of ex-substitute mid laner Bae "dade" Eojin that he would stand in for QG in the playoffs. Because dade previously left QG and LPL rules suggest late additions cannot start in the playoffs, it was unclear whether or not dade would be able to play the Semifinal against EDG.
Earlier today, QG posted a notice on Weibo that Chinese mid laner Huang "Mortred" Zikun had suffered a hand injury and could not play against EDward Gaming. In the opening of today's match, Mortred was still listed as the team's starting mid laner. Sources have informed theScore esports that dade may still be able to start for QG, subject to a LACE ruling, but the verdict has not yet been announced.
QG still have one additional mid lane substitute, South Korean player Kim "BoriSal" Yeonghoon, but support Zhang "Mor" Hongwei has previously said that in-game communication with BoriSal is more difficult due to the language barrier.
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