Hangzhou Spark suspend Krystal indefinitely

Spark has gotten T&C Law Firm involved.

Overwatch's Icon Sascha Heinisch · 2 Aug 2019


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The Hangzhou Spark have suspended Chinese DPS player Cai "Krystal" Shilong indefinitely. According to the Spark's official weibo page, the organization has handed his case over to T&C Law Firm for alleged breach of contract.

According to a July 25 statement by the Spark on official Twitter, the team allowed Krystal a ten-day leave to attend to a family member’s sickness.

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The sincerity of this request has since been publicly called into question as alleged evidence has surfaced to suggest the contrary. Furthermore, Krystal had supposedly failed to contact the Spark about an extension of the first ten-day leave and had been absent without communicating with the Spark. Consequently, the Spark reached out to T&C Law firm to consult on "all the problematic consequences resulting from the violations Krystal has made since joining the team."

The Chinese organization is still fighting for a direct qualification slot in the play-offs. During last week's game, the Spark showed at least initial issues in adapting to the new 2-2-2 rule lock meta, losing to the Atlanta Reign 1-3. Tonight they'll be playing against Chinese rivals Guangzhou Charge who are on an upwards swing. The Spark will likely need at least two more wins throughout the stage to secure direct playoff qualification.

Krystal himself announced he will give a full statement regarding the allegations on his weibo page later today. Upcomer will update Krystal's response once it's available.

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