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Riot takes Lemondogs out of the 2014 LCS

Lemondogs are out of the 2014 LCS. The organization failed to field a rule-compliant roster for the European LCS, as tweeted by Nick Allen, Riot's eSports Manager. As such – and as announced previously, – a play-in between Ninjas in Pyjamas, SUPA HOT CREW XD, and MeetYourMakers will determine the final team to make it to the 2014 European LCS Spring Split.

The move comes after Lemondogs seemed intent on selling their position in the LCS to Ninjas in Pyjamas, a move that Riot ultimately vetoed. As the organization had to deal with the departure of the lineup they gathered for Battle of the Atlantic, they attempted to acquire SUPA HOT CREW XD's roster as revealed by Millenium's coach, Olivier “Olly” Debeuf, in a deleted tweet that was featured on Reddit.

Riot's swift reaction to those moves included an ultimatum to the Swedish organization: By January 8th, 11:59 PM CET, Lemondogs's CEO, Daniel “pani” Aicardi had to field a roster that did not prominently include Coke Zero or LCS Promotion participants. Riot's decision to vacate LD's spot came after an attempt that did not comply to Rule 3.2., which goes as follows:

In section 3.2: No team may have on their roster more than two players at a time from any single starting lineup of a different team that played in either region of the LCS and/or any aspect of the Challenger Series (including play-in) in the last two completed Splits.

In the coming days, Riot Games will release information pertaining to the LCS play-in, as well as the repercussions of Lemondogs's eviction from the LCS on the Coke Zero play-ins. As it stands, with the LCS play-in happening, there may be six open spots to the 2014 European Coke Zero Challenger Series.

For more information, you can check out Riot's announcement in question, detailing the rules that Lemondogs failed to follow, as well as the details leading to Riot's decision right here.

Written by Adel Chouadria

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