On July 11, ESL has announced that Danish team Heroic will be participating in the upcoming IEM Chicago instead of forZe due to visa issues. Due to the fact that Heroic finished second in the European qualifier, it will be replacing the Russian team.
ESL gave forZe a certain time frame in which the organization had to secure visas for its players. The Russian organization was required to get visas by July 10. However, as forZe did not meet this deadline, the organization had to withdraw.
In forZe’s statement, the organization claimed that it applied for visas as soon as the team won the GG.BET Chicago Invitational. “It is a pity that it happened. We hoped that ESL would give us time to get visas. It’s a shame to lose the slot due to organizational issues like that.” the CEO Sergey Ignatko commented.
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Heroic lost to forZe 2-1 in the final of the GG.BET Chicago Invitational. In which, the winner received a place at IEM Chicago. The match was extremely close, with both teams achieving a minimum of eleven rounds each on all three maps. However, forZe managed to close the game by winning both Inferno and Nuke.
Heroic has been improving since the addition of star-player and in-game leader Benjamin “BlameF” Bremer. The recent addition helped Heroic place top eight at ESL One Cologne, finishing above the likes of MIBR, FaZe Clan, fnatic, FURIA, Renegades, and ENCE. The latter of which Heroic beat in a best-of-one on Mirage.
Heroic will join the top two teams in the world along with a few heavy hitters. These include: Team Liquid, Vitality, ENCE, G2, MIBR, Renegades and, EnVy.
IEM Chicago will take place from July 18-21, with a $250,000 prize pool.