With several teams announcing roster changes in the past few weeks, the Electronic Sports League has announced the suspension of major rule for Intel Extreme Masters Katowice.
IEM Katowice is one of the largest events of the year for the professional Counter Strike: Global Offensive scene with the best teams from the around the world always in attendance. Issues do arise though, such as when a team makes a roster move before the event, as players who have competed with a team in ESL pro gaming competitions in the last 120 days are not allowed to play with a new team that is participating in an IEM event. This rule was going to prevent Virtus.pro, Team Liquid and Renegades from being able to compete with their new rosters at Katowice. However, ESL announced the suspension of said rule for IEM Katowice 2018 on the Intel Extreme Masters website today.
These three teams are now allowed to play with their newly formed rosters for IEM Katowice and will look to perform well at their first major event together. ESL's reasoning behind the suspension of the rule was that "in its present iteration the rule severely limits the talent pool for teams that need to switch players in the time-frame between a qualifier and the main event." ESL saw that multiple teams would be affected by this rule and with their goal of providing the best CS:GO to viewers, they decided that the right decision was to suspend the rule and allow these three teams to play with the rosters they feel strongest with.
The world renowned tournament organizer will also be reviewing the player transfer ruleset, after IEM Katowice ends, and see if it is possible for them to improve the ruleset and provide more flexibility to teams and their rosters.
Now fans of these three teams will be able to watch the new rosters in action and see if these combinations of players will start out hot or if they will need some time to mesh together.
Interested in more CS:GO news? Check out our recap of all of the recent roster changes!