Three more teams are confirmed for IEM Oakland’s $200,000 PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds Invitational—The Alliance, Cloud9, and Gorilla Core Esports.
These three squads join TSM, Team Liquid, Noble Esports, and Luminosity, leaving five teams left to be announced. Originally, 10 teams were invited, but IEM decided to extended that number to 12 to help with the facilitation of the online qualifier process. Now, only eight teams will qualify online.
Cloud9 features two new members on their roster, as Mehmood “Moody” Amin Askar and Dustin “Frolicer” Halbert have joined up with Justin “Chappie” Andrews and Alexandru “SolidFPS” Cotiga. The new members are recent additions, as three of C9’s former members moved on to Ninjas in Pyjamas.
Alliance’s squad is new, formerly known as Team Legion, and it includes Valur ‘veazyy’ Pálsson, Erwin ‘Romz’ van der Staaij, Michael ‘Ciggzy’ Higgs, and Óðinn ‘OdinThor’ Þórarinsson. Gorilla Core’s roster consists of Max “MeTor” Lion, Anssi “mxey” Pekkonen, Jere “Jembty” Kauppinen, and Adrian “Haxete” Blom.
With five teams yet to be announced, the remaining eight spots will be decided in Open Qualifiers, which take place Oct. 28 and 29. The event itself is at the Oracle Arena in Oakland, California, on Nov. 18 and 19.