Yesterday, we've reported that Jim would not make it to next week's WCS Season 2 Finals due to having visa issues. This was prematurely announced by mistake as Jim and his team are still working hard on receiving a visa in time. Blizzard released a detailed statement explaining Jim's situation and naming a possible replacement:
Jin Hun ‘Jim’ Cao and his team recently informed us that they are seeking a visa appointment in China on Monday, August 19. At this appointment, Jim will attempt to obtain all of the necessary documentation for acquiring a German visa. If he is successful in this venture, he will then be able to attend the World Championship Series Season 2 Finals next weekend at gamescom in Cologne, Germany.
Jim originally earned a seat at the WCS Season 2 Finals by achieving fifth place at the WCS America Season 2 League Finals, which were held just last weekend. In the event that Jim is unable to secure a visa during his interview on Monday, we will fill his seat by extending an invitation to Han ‘aLive’ Lee Seok, the sixth place finisher from the WCS America Season 2 League Finals. We want to ensure the success of the Season Finals, and feel that leaving an empty slot in the player lineup could give the rest of Jim’s group an unfair advantage over others due to walkover matches. Should an invitation be offered to aLive, his acceptance will make him eligible to receive WCS Points and prize money awarded for participating in the Season 2 Finals.
No matter the outcome, Jim will still receive all WCS Points and prize money he earned from his performance in WCS America thus far, including the League Finals. It’s also important to note that Jim will retain his Premier League placement and seeding as we head in to WCS America Season 3.
We will continue to assist our Chinese competitors and teams with their endeavors to earn visas by any means at our disposal, and we hope that you will continue to support and cheer for them in the World Championship Series.
WCS Season 2 Finals - Groups
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The Season 2 Finals will be broadcast for free in 720p HD, and you can tune in at ESL TV to catch the top players from each region as they compete for coveted WCS Points, a share in the $150,000 prize pool, and the title of Season 2 Champion at the world's biggest trade fair for interactive games and entertainment. The race to BlizzCon is heating up, and performances at the WCS Season 2 Finals will be a key factor for players looking to secure their place at the Global Finals in November.
To learn more about the StarCraft II WCS, stay up to date on the top point earning players, as well as all the latest show dates and times, visit StarCraft2.com/WCS.
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