QG Reapers unable to field mid laner, forfeit LPL Semifinal to EDward Gaming

by theScore Staff Apr 17 2016
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QG Reapers have officially forfeited their best-of-five Semifinal against EDward Gaming in the League of Legends Pro League Spring Playoffs. The team was still unable to field a mid laner two hours after the match was scheduled to start, due to a flood of internal issues that made all four of the team's potential mids unable to play.

Following a very public controversy involving the team's primary starting mid laner, Kim "Doinb" Taesang, as well as a hand injury suffered by substitute Huang "Mortred" Zikun, the team's second mid lane substitute, South Korean Kim "BoriSal" Yeonghoon, was unable to arrive at the stadium on time, according to an announcement made by QG Sunday at the LPL Semifinal venue. Though Bae "dade" Eojin was tapped to play as a stand-in, his eligibility was under deliberation by the League of Legends Association of Chinese Esports, and though no official ruling was announced, he was also unable to play.

With no mid laner able to start, the Reapers announced that they would forfeit their Semifinal to EDG. The announcement came after a one-hour delay following the Semifinal between Royal Never Give Up and Team WE.

QG's inability to field a mid laner on time means that EDward Gaming will advance to the LPL final at Qizhong Tennis Center on April 23 against Royal Never Give Up. As of yet, QG have not forfeited their third-place match against Team WE, scheduled to take place April 18 at 3:00am ET.

The internal problems plaguing QG have taken a team that finished the first round in their group undefeated to a team unable to start a complete roster to end the season. theScore esports will provide additional updates as they become available.

Kelsey Moser is a staff writer for theScore esports. You can follow her on Twitter.