The ongoing saga of esports team 100 Thieves’ trip to the Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, ELeague Major: Boston has finally come to an end as the team announced late Friday night, on Twitter, that it would not be attending the tournament due to visa issues with its roster.
The upcoming Major was supposed to be the first that the team attended after forming in December 2017. Despite its recent formation, the 100 Thieves had already acquired the qualification spot in the Major by picking up three former Immortals players, Vito “KNG” Giuseppe, Henrique “Hen1” Teles and Lucas “Lucas1” Teles onto its roster. The three players left the Immortals organization over an extended controversy, but held onto Immortals’ qualification spot thanks to player protection rules from Valve.
100 Thieves will be replaced in the upcoming Boston Major by an extra team from the Challenger stage of the tournament that was hosted at the ELeague studios last weekend. While the event was originally designed to send eight teams through to the Major, it will send its ninth finisher, North America’s Team Liquid, as a replacement for 100 Thieves.
Despite this early set back for the 100 Thieves roster, the organization still appears optimistic about the team’s chance in the future tweeting that while the set back was disappointing, “we can’t wait to see these guys compete this year.”
The ELeague Major: Boston will take place over two weekends at the end of January with the group stage starting on Jan. 19.