TNC made a statement on their Twitter yesterday , giving us some news on The Chongqing Major situation.
After talking to the organizers of the Chongqing Major, it was confirmed to us that the following may happen if Kuku will attend the Major:
1. He might not be able to enter the country
2. The city government will possibly cancel the tournament should he attend
— TNC Predator (@TNCPredator) December 2, 2018
So apparently Kuku isn’t banned from the Major anymore, but the organizers won’t be able to “guarantee his safety” if he attends. It’s almost seems like the Chongqing government is threatening Kuku and TNC.
Today TNC made another statement on their Facebook page, disclosing their discussion with Valve and the partners for The Chongqing Major – SLTV and IMBATV.
So now we know that Valve has decided to stay quiet about this situation after all. It’s all up to TNC now. We’ll have to wait and see what their final decision will be and what will happen with Kuku.
NiP’s captain, Peter “ppd” Dager made a comment on the situation.
What a disaster. Could you handle this worse @TNCPredator ? Bench kuku, find a standin, play the major, bring back kuku and play the rest of the year. NO ONE can guarantee he can get into Shanghai for ti9 but drawing more attention to it just makes it less and less likely. IMO
— Peter Dager (@Peterpandam) December 3, 2018
Ppd’s statement makes a lot of sense. If TNC wants to improve Kuku’s chances of attending TI9, they should probably just play The Chongqing Major with a stand-in and end the drama once and for all.
The Chongqing Major is a month away and there is still a chance for Kuku’s ban to be lifted. But if the ban isn’t lifted, do you think TNC should just look for a stand-in like ppd suggested? I would be sad if Kuku won’t attend the Major, but if that is a requirement for him to attend TI9, I think it’s in his best interest to just let this one go.