Mike Stubbs . Tournaments . Friday 25th November 2016 . 16:22
With IEM Oakland now over and done with all eyes in the LoL scene are turning to the final big event before the new LCS season kicks off, IEM Gyeonggi.
While a number of teams have already been confirmed for the event, such as ROX Tigers and Royal Never Give Up, Europe’s number one team G2 Esports has turned down their direct invitation.
“G2 today announces that its League of Legends team will unfortunately not be participating at IEM Gyeonggi, which is due to take place from December 16th-18th,” reads the official statement from G2. “Upon the conclusion of the World Championship, G2’s management and the team sat down to discuss the plans for the future. With the 2017 EU LCS Spring Split just around the corner, it was decided that attending an event this soon would be detrimental to the growth process that the League of Legends section is undergoing.”
It’s not all that surprising that G2 has said no to attending, taking a trip all the way to Korea to compete in a single weekend competition is perhaps not the best way to spend time while the rest of the European teams will be hard at work preparing for the spring split.
G2 went on to apologies to fans.
“We would like to apologise to the fans who were eager to watch our team in action one more time before the end of the year. While we understand that the international experience could be beneficial to the players, we believe that, since our focus is on preparing for the upcoming Spring Split, the team would not be able to perform at a level that would reflect their potential or the benefits that will result from the structural improvements that are in place.”
With the entire G2 team that won the EU LCS Summer Split, signed on for another year G2 are already a strong contender heading into 2017.