Sources: XANTARES likely to miss CS:GO event at IEM Sydney

Turkish Counter-Strike player Can ‘XANTARES’ Dörtkardeş will miss Intel Extreme Masters Season XIV – Sydney due to visa issues, according to multiple sources close to the BIG organization.

XANTARES joined the BIG lineup in late December, replacing Johannes ‘nex’ Maget as he stepped back due to a wrist injury. Just over a month later, nex rejoined the lineup in place of AWPer Owen ‘smooya’ Butterfield who remains on the bench and under contract.

At this time, it is unclear who will replace XANTARES for the event, which starts in less than four days. BIG has been having a rough go since the addition of XANTARES. Since adding XANTARES, BIG have struggled to regain their form from 2018. Read More: April 25 CS:GO update patch notes – Ruby and Workout added, major changes to Vertigo, and more

They finished in the group stage at the IEM Katowice Major, failed to qualify for DreamHack Masters Dallas, and did not reach the playoffs of StarSeries Season 7. What is IEM Sydney?

IEM Sydney is a $250,000 prize pool tournament organized by the Electronic Sports League in Sydney, Australia.

Previous winners of the tournament from 2017 and 2018 include SK Gaming (now MIBR) and FaZe Clan, respectively. This year, the event is missing key members of the world rankings of Counter-Strike: Astralis, Natus Vincere, and ENCE.

Expectations are at an all-time high for home town favorites Renegades, who reached the semifinals at StarSeries Season 7.


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