Invictus Gaming have been forced to withdraw from The Frankfurt Major due to complications in obtaining required travel documents for Su “super” Peng. The team did not have a substitute registered, therefore falling out of compliance with the roster lock rules implemented by Valve. No replacement has been announced yet.
Yes it is true. Due to super's personal issues, we will not be able to attend the Fall Majors in Frankfurt. We… https://t.co/xIPtyn1Cy4
— Invictus Gaming (@invgaming) November 4, 2015
Su “super” Peng is currently unable to apply and obtain a passport, due to complications involving the Chinese ID system called Hukou. The Chinese Hukou system indicates the providence of residence and is linked to various policies and welfare benefits. In super’s case, his family relocated during his lifetime, failed to cancel their previous Hukou upon relocation, and registered in a new providence simultaneously. This is strictly against the rules. Being registered in two locations makes super ineligible to obtain a passport and visa. The player is unable to rectify the situation in due time for the Frankfurt Major.
Invictus Gaming did not register a substitute for the Frankfurt Major. In accordance with the rules that Valve set out for the Majors, without a registered substitute, Invictus Gaming cannot rely on a stand-in in this unfortunate situation and are now forced to withdraw from the competition.
Invictus Gaming qualified for the event through the Chinese Regional qualifiers after sweeping Newbee.Young, 2:0, in the Lower Bracket finals.
The substitute role
The role of the substitute players and the impact of the roster locks is increasingly becoming more important as teams are starting to experience.
Empire was the first team to find themselves in a precarious position regarding the newly implemented roster locks. When one of their new members, Andrew “The_apathy” Aleshkov, was recruited before the deadline, he was unable to register with Empire since he had already accepted his invite to team aSpera. His commitment to the latter team resulted in a locked position, leaving him unable to be kicked or leave on his own. The team was then forced to play through the open qualifiers.
Team Archon picked up FIRE on the eve of ESL One New York. The team was directly invited to the NA regional qualifiers for The Frankfurt Major, however during the time of the open qualifiers, the team had made a roster change and had to participate in the second open qualifiers. They failed to advance and lost their opportunity to compete in the regional qualifiers.