Splyce will not be attending IEM Oakland, the team's head coach Jakob "YamatoCannon" Mebdi announced on Tuesday.
"After a long year of grinding and pushing ourselves, with only a break in summer from the bye-round for playoffs, we must now reflect upon the past and the future," YamatoCannon said. "The event’s scheduled dates (Nov 19th-20th) would not allow us to put in enough time and work that would satisfy the standard we held for ourselves throughout the season’s practice regimen."
The news comes shortly after Team SoloMid announced that they would not attend IEM Oakland due to Yiliang “Doublelift” Peng stepping down from the team’s active roster.
Splyce recently competed in their first World Championship, where they were eliminated in the group stage following a 1-5 record. The team originally secured a spot at IEM Oakland after placing second in the 2016 EU LCS Summer Playoffs.
Though Splyce forfeited their spot at IEM Oakland, YamatoCannon promised that the team would return in the spring split better prepared and rested.
“We are very happy that we got to play playoffs, gauntlet, bootcamp in Korea, and then participate at the World Championship,” YamatoCannon said. “It was a new and exciting experience for every single one of us involved that pushed us to the brink. We shed a lot of blood, sweat and tears and some of us ran into injuries. Now is the time for reflection and rest. We will come back swinging harder than before.”
With both Splyce and TSM forfeiting their spots, there are now three empty seeds at IEM Oakland, including the yet to be filled LCK spot. The remaining teams competing at IEM Oakland, which runs from Nov. 19-20, include Flash Wolves, Immortals, I May, INTZ e-Sports and Chiefs.
Preston Dosza is a news editor for theScore esports. You can follow him on Twitter.