9z withdrew from qualifier for Thunderpick World Championship 2023
South American team 9z withdrew from the qualifier for Thunderpick World Championship 2023. Sports Director of the organization, Sebastian "siag" Ahumada, commented on the decision via his Twitter account.
We decided not to play against Team Spirit, because otherwise we would not be able to participate in tomorrow's match at ESL Pro League Season 18. In addition, the dates for Thunderpick World Championship 2023 coincide with Roobet Cup 2023, to which we were invited earlier. Initially, the idea of participating in the qualifier was to prepare for ESL Pro League Season 18. Now there is no point in continuing, knowing that we will not be able to complete the qualifier and compete at the tournament itself if we get there.
As a result, 9z forfeited, which is why the Russian team Team Spirit advanced to the semi-finals of the qualifier. Now the Dragons will face MIBR in a match for a spot at Thunderpick World Championship 2023.
In turn, tomorrow, September 17, 9z will continue to fight in the group stage of ESL Pro League Season 18. At the start of the playday, the team will face Apeks, and if successful, will compete for advancing to the playoffs in another match.