The Detroit Renegades will miss the ESL Pro League Season 4 LAN finals in São Paulo, Brazil regardless of their placing in the league due to the Asia Minor taking place on the same weekend, ESL announced Thursday.
If Renegades finish in sixth place or higher and qualify for the EPL finals, they will automatically be moved to seventh place. The team is currently in sixth place in ESL Pro League with a 15-9 record with two games left to play against Winterfox.
“It’s a very unfortunate situation with the scheduling,” Renegades owner Jonas Jerebko told theScore esports. “We have enjoyed playing in ESL and wanted to be there for finals. The guys put in a lot of work and deserve to play in both.”
Renegades player Karlo “Ustilo” Pivac noted the date conflict on Twitter earlier this month, though Renegades are the only team in the NA EPL that are affected by it. The dates for the ESL Finals were set on June 6, while the Asian Minor Championship was announced on Oct. 7.
That weekend is also the weekend of the Brazilian federal election, which has caused some controversy for ESL in the past.
The only team currently locked in for the ESL Pro League Season 4 Finals is Cloud9, who are guaranteed to finish the NA league in first with their current 25-1 record. Meanwhile, both Team Liquid and Echo Fox are in the running to take Renegades’ spot at the finals.
Should Team Liquid win their upcoming game against Selfless, then they’re guaranteed at least a seventh place finish. If Team Liquid lose, and Echo Fox wins their upcoming match against Immortals, then Echo Fox will clinch seventh place through league points and qualify for the finals.
As for Renegades, their decision to play in the Asian Minor Championship will put them in contention for two spots in the ELEAGUE Major Offline Qualifier, which would in turn give them a chance to earn a spot at the ELEAGUE Major in Atlanta.
Dennis “Tarmanydyn” Gonzales is a news editor for theScore esports who enjoys whiskey, D&D and first-picking Abaddon Slardar Clinkz Medusa Oracle a P90 my Souvenir Negev. You can follow him on Twitter.
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