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Liquid and Wildcard replace Complexity and M80

A noteworthy development about the IEM Chengdu 2024 lineup is that Complexity Gaming and M80 have withdrawn from the forthcoming Counter-Strike 2 competition, according to an announcement made by ESL in X. North American teams Team Liquid and Wildcard Gaming, who placed 2nd and 3rd in the regional qualifications, respectively, are rising to the occasion. Liquid and Wildcard will now represent NACS in China. Although the ESL did not give a reason for the 2 teams’ withdrawal, it is assumed that Complexity and M80’s efforts were hampered by visa problems, as it had already been reported that Complexity would not be able to attend the event. Continue reading this article for the best information on esports predictions!

The Team Liquid CS2 team that was put together at the end of 2023 is being put back into action earlier than anticipated, following a significant setback. Liquid’s invitation represents a significant opportunity for the team to recover from early-season disappointments, having missed out on a position in the BLAST Premier Spring Final and the Copenhagen Major. In an effort to free up time on their schedule, the Casper “cadiaN” Møller-led team also withdrew from Skyesports Masters 2024, which was scheduled to take place concurrently with IEM Chengdu. Wildcard’s invitation enables them to participate in their first Big Event following their elimination from the Americas RMR with a record of 1-2, together with Peter “stanislaw” Jarguz and company. Liquid’s next scheduled appearance was not until the end of April, at ESL Pro League season 19, prior to today’s announcement at IEM Chengdu.

Liquid and Wildcard replace Complexity and M80
Liquid player cadiaN competing on stage

Liquid’s dismay is maybe more than Complexity’s, since the team regarded as one of the best in NA on paper was not even able to qualify for the Major, leaving Complexity devastated that they did not advance to the PGL Copenhagen playoffs following three straight losses in the Elimination Stage. After eight consecutive appearances at the Major, Liquid missed it for the first time since PGL Krakow 2017 as they were defeated by Complexity in the Americas RMR final round. Liquid will face FaZe, G2, MOUZ, and Cloud9, among other teams that are still vying for the PGL Copenhagen Major crown, in China. However, Liquid stated in their post that the players are “hoping for another opportunity to prove [themselves].” With IEM Chengdu, ESL Pro League, IEM Dallas, and many more events coming up before the Americas RMR qualifications for the next Major, the Perfect World Shanghai Major, later this year, Liquid will have plenty of opportunities to regain form.

The official cause of Complexity’s and M80’s departure remains unknown, while sources have pointed to potential problems with visas for admission into China. The LAN event, which is scheduled for April 8–14 in Chengdu, China, will pit 16 teams, including well-known ones like Cloud9, G2, MOUZ, and FaZe Clan, against one another for a $250,000 prize pool. The winner of the competition will also get a highly sought-after spot at IEM Cologne in 2024. Fans are excited to see the teams perform and compete against the best of the best in the highest stage possible.

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