Counter Logic Gaming tweeted a video of Lee "Crown" Min-ho in NA, so this article is no longer current. Read on the current situation here.
Alongside many other teams who have experienced complications in their visa applications this off-season, CLG and Crown haven't been able to finalize the star Korean's visa. CLG Academy mid, Jean-Sébastien "Tuesday" Thery, will be starting in the opening LCS weekend.
Additionally, the two newest additions to the CLG Academy team, Alexey "Deus" Zatorski and Oh "Wind" Myeong-jin, are both experiencing visa issues as well. There is no information on how close these players are to resolving their issues.
There are visa issues every year, but the past two have been increasingly difficult. Just last Spring, Crown's team (OpTic) started four Academy players around him due to visa issues leading up to the split. The OpTic Academy coach, Kublai "Kubz" Barlas, didn't even get approved until the Summer Season.
This year, plenty of teams have run into trouble, most notably Team Liquid. Earlier this month, Liquid's Co-CEO, Steve "LiQuiD112" Arhancet, tweeted about visa complications for both LCS and Academy junglers, Mads "Broxah" Brock-Pedersen and Shern "Shernfire" Cherng Tai respectively as well as their LCS coach, Jang "Cain" Nu-ri. Cain and Shernfire have both passed through, but Liquid reported to Inven Global that Eugene "Pobelter" Park would be starting for the team in their opening weekend as well.
The teams still have a couple more days to submit their final rosters, but according to sources close to Inven Global, Tuesday will be starting for CLG this weekend in their games against Dignitas and FlyQuest. Follow our Twitter below for more news on CLG, Crown, and the LCS as we close in on the season beginning this weekend.