Suddenly the trophy at the Overwatch NGE Winter Premiere is up for grabs, as both Cloud9 and Fnatic have dropped out of the event completely.
It's been confirmed on the official NGE event team list that Fnatic and Cloud9 will no longer be taking part. FaZe Clan and Citizen7 will take their place.
Whilst both FaZe Clan and Citizen7 have both shared their great news, surprisingly neither Fnatic nor Cloud9 have made any mention about their quiet drop out. Fnatic's insane performances in 2016 allowed them to get a direct invite to the tournament and Cloud9 were following closely behind.
Dropping out of an event this big is rare, but it does happen, usually when scheduling issues are involved. For example, official news on the OGN Apex Season 2 event is rumored to be hitting soon, and if the drop out from Fnatic and Cloud 9 is anything to go by, both teams may have chosen to attend the OGN event instead.
We think this is a great thing for the Overwatch scene - not only will the battle to the grand finals at Overwatch NGE Winter be even closer, but the OGN Apex Season 2 event is expected to be even bigger and potentially include a bigger prize pool than the previous season, so it's certainly going to attract top talent from around the world.
What event are you looking forward to the most? OGN Apex Season 2 or the NGE Winter Premiere?