With Cloud 9 deciding to devote their time to preparation for IEM Cologne on December 16th, Â Cloud 9 Â players Hai ‘Hai‘ Du Lam and Lee ‘Rush‘ Yoon-jae will be unable to attend the 2015 All-Star Event. Normally, Rush would have taken the place of Hai, who is now supporting for Cloud 9 after switching to jungle in the 2015 Summer Split. However, since both players are now on the same team and competing together at IEM, the spot goes to the 3rd place nominee. Receiving the third highest votes behind his fellow teammates, William ‘Meteos‘ Hartman will represent North America in the jungle at the ASE on December 10th.
Cloud 9 released a press statement explaining their reasoning behind the decision and addressed the perceived non overlap of dates between events:
Soon after the All-Star Event poll results began flooding in,Â it was clear that things were about to get complicated. While we were thrilled to see our players once again being recognized by fans, we were faced with a serious quandary:Â Is attending the ASE a viable option?
The short answer is yes. The dates of the ASE (Dec 10-13) do not directly interrupt our attendance and participation for IEM Cologne (Dec 16-21).
The long answer is no. Â Unfortunately, the time commitment required for either Hai or Rush to attend the ASE is simply too disruptive to the teams preparation for IEM Cologne as the ASE runs for four days of public play and also includes extra preparation time off-stream.Â As the 3rd place vote receiver in the Jungle role,Â William “Meteos” Hartman has agreed to represent the North American LCS for the entirety of the event.
The 2015 All-Star Event takes place from December 10-13th in Los Angeles, California.
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