T1 T1 North America Rank #13 has released a statement concerning the team's forced forfeit against TSM TSM North America Rank #7 in North America's first Challengers qualifier. In response, the organization has suspended head coach David "dd8" Denis ahead of the upcoming second qualifier.
T1 met TSM in the lower bracket of NA's first Challengers qualifier just days prior. After Map 1 victory and 8-4 lead on Map 2 for T1, the match was paused and eventually cancelled. Shortly after, Riot released a statement affirming allegations made by TSM after Map 1, stating that dd8 had provided instructions to T1 players while the match was in progress. As a result, T1 was forced to forfeit the match in its entirety, just two rounds away from potential qualification.
dd8 will now be suspended from the organization ahead of this weekend's qualifier. The last four slots to the group stage of Challengers 1 remain up for grabs in a field of weakened competition, as Version1 Version1 North America Rank #11 , XSET XSET North America Rank #5 , The Guard The Guard North America Rank # , and NRG Esports NRG Esports North America Rank #12 qualified in the previous week.