Challengers Korea side Rising Star Gaming will replace SBENU Korea at the 2016 KeSPA Cup, following the latter’s disbanding and subsequent withdrawal from the tournament, KeSPA announced today.

According to the release, Ever 8 Winners, the third placed at the 2016 Challengers Korea, were originally invited to complete the line-up, but declined as they are rebuilding their line-up for the 2017 season.

The full announcement follows below:

“For the 2016 LoL KeSPA Cup the 2nd place 2016 LoL Challengers Korea team ‘SBENU Korea’ has disbanded so will no longer be participating in the 2016 LoL KeSPA Cup.

Normally the 3rd place team would take the 2nd place spot, however ‘Ever 8 Winners’ declined the invitation as they will be rebuilding their team for the 2017 season.

SBENU Korea’s slot has been giving to the 4th place 2016 LoL Challengers Korea team ‘Rising Star Gaming’.

We wish the best of luck to ‘Rising Star Gaming’ and hope all our fans will watch the best Korean LoL teams compete for the coveted LoL KeSPA Cup.”

The 2016 KeSPA Cup takes place between November 09-19 in Seoul and Busan. 14 teams will be competing for a prize pool of ₩ 100,000,000 (approx. $90,000), and for the chance to represent Korea at the IEM Gyeonggi event, which will be taking place in December.

Photo courtesy of KeSPA