ELEAGUE announced Tuesday that OpTic’s roster changes were “inconsistent with ELEAGUE’s rules for the CS:GO Premier 2017,” which means OpTic will be replaced by another qualifying team. The announcement cited Rule 4.3.15 in the official rule book, though it seems that was a misnomer. Rule 4.4.15 states teams are allowed up to two players to be replaced on the roster prior to the tournament. In the event that more than two players are replaced, the team “will be removed from the tournament immediately.”
OpTic announced Monday the addition of three new players — Adam “friberg” Friberg, Emil “Magisk” Reif and Aleksi “allu” Jalli — to its roster. With only Oscar “Mixwell” Canellas and Keith “NAF” Markovic remaining on the roster, OpTic broke the aforementioned rule. OpTic was set to play in Group D of the 16-team tournament with Astralis, SK Gaming and one of four qualifying teams. Instead, a fifth team from the qualifiers (and third from North America) will reach the tournament, and two of them will go into Group D.
The ELEAGUE CS:GO Premier begins Sept. 8, and the group stage will take place each subsequent weekend of September. The playoffs will begin with the quarterfinals Oct. 10-11, followed by the semifinals Oct. 12 and the finals Oct. 13. TBS will present live coverage of the Finals at 10 p.m. with quarterfinal and semifinal gameplay presented online.
The 11 other teams invited to the event are Astralis, Cloud9, FaZe Clan, Fnatic, G2 Esports, mousesports, Natus Vincere, Ninjas in Pyjamas, North, SK Gaming, and Virtus.pro.