After being delayed by a week due to the coronavirus outbreak, the Chinese close qualifiers ESL One Los Angeles Major are starting today, February 14. But even so, the situation in China declared a global health emergency by the World Health Organization, is preventing some of the teams to play at their full capacity. Keen Gaming is one of the squads directly invited to the closed qualifiers, but won’t be able to play with their offlane player Song “dark”‘ Runxi.
Located in one of the cities under lockdown, Dark wasn’t able to join his teammates in the bootcamp for practice. However, supposed to play with Keen Gaming from home, Dark’s computer stopped working recently and although the organization purchased a new one for him, the delivery is impossible to be completed due to the travel restrictions. In a post made on Weibo yesterday, Keen Gaming announced that they reached an agreement with Vici Gaming and will borrow Sun “Srf” Runfa from one of their youth squads for these qualifiers.
If Keen Gaming claim one of the qualifier slots for the LA Major, Srf is most likely to stay as a substitute with Keen Gaming for the duration of the entire tournament. KG are seeded in Group A alongside EHOME, Invictus Gaming, Astralis and Look For Smile. Without neither Vici Gaming, who chose to skip this Major, nor PSG.LGD Gaming who fell short in the open qualifiers once again, the competition for a spot at the LA Major is wide open. Three tickets are up for grabs and ten teams will enter the battle today.
ESL One Los Angeles Major China qualifiers:
- Invictus Gaming
- Keen Gaming
- Look for Smile
- CDEC Gaming
- Royal Never Give Up