Team Liquid who had a fantastic showing at the recently concluded ESL Pro League Season 7 Finals in Dallas with a second place finish are going to replace Cloud9 at ESL One New York 2018 powered by Intel. Liquid took wins over Grayhound, Space Soldiers, mousesports, and Natus Vincere. The only team to defeat Liquid in the tournament were the later champions, Astralis.
Team Liquid are in great shape which will hopefully only improve as they play more tournaments with their newest addition, TACO. We cannot wait to see them compete once again on their home turf in Brooklyn, and perhaps even claim the trophy for NA CS.
Cloud9 were directly invited to compete at ESL One New York on March 27th. The team has accepted our invitation on April 1st and was announced to the fans as one of the attending teams. Since then, Cloud9 have decided to withdraw from the tournament to pursue other challenges, travelling to Istanbul instead.
Due to their cancellation after accepting the invite, Cloud9 will be penalized with a prize money deduction during their next ESL One event. As per our rules, prize money deductions due to penalty points will be redistributed to all other attending teams based on their final ranking.
See you in New York
One weekend - one crowd - one winner! ESL One New York 2018 will take place on September 29-30 in Barclays Center - be sure to join us and witness legends being made.