After many days of uncertainty, the Chappie Visa saga finally comes to a conclusion; Team Empire will now have to play the entire event without their carry player.
Good evening, dear fans. . Unfortunately, the situation with the Chappie passport is going on very slowly, despite all our efforts. Our managers and lawyers fought for Volodya's dream until the last moment, but now it seems impossible. . In a few hours starts the first match of our team at The International, and we officially declare that our team will play with a replacement the whole tournament. . We want to express support for our young talent Chappie and wish him to cope with this situation in a champion way. . Good luck Resolut1on! Good luck Team Empire! May the skill be with you, guys! . #WeAreChappie #WeAreEmpire #TI7
Chappie Out, Resolut1on In
TI7 would’ve been Vladimir ‘Chappie’ Kuzmenko’s first ever TI, which is a big achievement when you consider that he is barely two years into his pro career.
Luckily for Team Empire, one of their former players was ready to stand in.
— Roman Fomynok (@Resolut1on_) August 2, 2017
Roman ‘Resolut1on’ Fominok spent more than two years with Team Empire from 2013 to 2015 and is arguably their most successful player to date.
Team Empire went on to finish many LAN tournaments in 1st place and even received a direct invite to TI5 during his time with the CIS organisation. Although, things did not go very well for them at TI5 as they ended up finishing in 9th-12th place.
Resolut1on was also part of the Digital Chaos team that finished in 2nd place at last year’s TI6.
There’s no doubt that Resolut1on is a very capable player, but it remains unfortunate that the whole Chappie visa fiasco will force Team Empire to play the entire tournament without their carry player.
Not only does Resolut1on have little to no experience playing with his current teammates, his play style and niche picks are also very different to that of Chappie’s.
Team Empire 1-1 @teamsecret
not a bad start of the day #TI7
— Team Empire (@team_empire) August 2, 2017
Team Empire are currently 1-1 after splitting their series earlier against Team Secret. So far, so good, as it seems.
They are set to play again later today against LGD Gaming and Infamous.
For more information regarding the team’s schedule, click here.
How far do you think Resolut1on can help his squad of first-time TI players? Be sure to let us know your thoughts in the comments below.