In order to address the loss of a family member, EDward Gaming’s top laner Chen “Mouse” Yu-hao is returning to China, and will not participate in the remaining of the 2016 World Championship, being replaced by Yang “Koro1” Tong, according to LoL Esports.
Despite not being included on EDG’s roster for the World Championship, Riot Games claims that, “per Worlds rules, Edward Gaming is permitted to replace Mouse with a player from their season-ending active roster, and will have Koro1 as that replacement,” mentioning the section 3.2 of the World Championship rulebook, which states:
“Each team is required to maintain, at all times during Worlds, five players in the starting lineup (“Starters”), and one substitute player (“Reserve”) (collectively, the “Active Roster”) as well as an official coach. The Active Roster is considered locked as of September 7th, 2016, at 11:59am PT. The Active Roster that was submitted to or known by Worlds officials on this date will be considered the eligible Active Roster for Worlds. This roster lock will not supersede regional roster locks that may have occurred prior to this date. In the absence of a regional roster lock, teams will not be able to add any new players to their roster after their last regional competition preceding Worlds.
In the case of an emergency, a team may add a substitute after this deadline, however, the substitute added must not have been on any other professional roster on September 7th and must have been eligible to be on a professional roster on September 7th. All Starters must have a written contract with the team they are playing for.”
Therefore, the veteran toplaner will be starting for the Chinese Champions against the ROX Tigers on Saturday, at 3pm PST / 6pm EST.
SplitPush.net’s team send its condolences to Mouse and his family, and our thoughts are with them during this difficult time.
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