Cloud9’s former League of Legends head coach Nick “LS” De Cesare has claimed that the team’s starting ADC, Kim “Berserker” Min-cheol, has misplaced his passport and US visa. This may jeopardize his ability to participate in the upcoming League of Legends Championship Series Summer split.
Berseker allegedly misplaced his passport and visa during a bootcamp that Cloud9 held in Korea in May. If he is unable to locate these documents, he will likely miss a significant portion of the LCS Summer split.
Berserker loses US visa
LS made the bombshell claim during a stream on June 7. According to LS, who was fired by Cloud9 early in the LCS Spring split, Berserker misplaced his passport during the team’s trip to Korea. The 19-year-old Korean ADC allegedly had been keeping his US visa in his passport, meaning that he would be unable to return to the United States.
While LS’ original claim was largely unsubstantiated, given that he does not currently have a position within Cloud9, a tweet from the organization on June 8 appeared to give credence to the allegations.
We are still evaluating our options for both our LCS and Academy teams and will have more information on the situation soon.
— Cloud9 League of Legends (@C9LoL) June 9, 2022
However, Cloud9 have not explicitly commented on the claims surrounding Berserker at the time of writing.
If Berserker is unable to locate his passport and US visa, he will likely miss most, if not all, of the LCS Summer split. The process of replacing a US visa is a lengthy one, and cannot be done within the United States. Furthermore, reporting his visa as lost invalidates it, even if he later finds it. This is in addition to the three to four weeks it would take to receive a replacement South Korean passport.
Berserker joined Cloud9 ahead of the 2022 Spring split, along with two other Korean players. However, after Cloud9 fell short in the Spring playoffs, Berserker was the only offseason acquisition to be retained by the team.
Cloud9’s non-Berserker options
If Cloud9 must play without Berserker, they do have some options available to them. With Jesper “Zven” Svenningsen due to start at support, the team could promote Academy ADC Calvin “K1ng” Truong to the LCS roster. Alternatively, they could role-swap Zven to ADC and promote Academy support Mitchell “Destiny” Shaw, who has experience at the LCS level.
Looking outside the organization is also a possibility, but not one that yields many options. The only ADC from the Spring split who is still unsigned is former Immortals player Jason “WildTurtle” Tran.
However the situation unfolds, the loss of Berserker will be a significant blow to Cloud9’s Summer campaign.
The LCS Summer split is set to begin on June 18.
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