In a move that stunned the Latin American League of Legends community, Team Aze has unexpectedly announced their withdrawal from the 2024 Liga Latinoamérica (LLA). This news has sent shockwaves through the region’s esports scene, with many questions arising about the future of the competition.
The Announcement and Its Impact
Team Aze’s decision was disclosed in a statement where they cited extensive discussions with their team, investors, and Riot Games as the basis for this decision. This revelation came as a surprise, especially given the ongoing preparations and roster consolidations by various teams for the 2024 season.
— Team Aze (@TeamAzeGG) November 29, 2023
Riot Games’ Response and the League’s Future
Following Team Aze’s announcement, Riot Games released a statement confirming the team’s departure. They emphasized that processes are in place to maintain the integrity of the competition and support teams entering or leaving the LLA.
However, due to the proximity of the league’s start, the 2024 LLA will proceed with only seven teams, as there isn’t enough time to find a suitable replacement for Team Aze.
The Fallout: Players and Staff Caught Off-Guard
The announcement was not just a shock to fans but also to Team Aze’s players and staff, who reportedly were informed just minutes before the public announcement. This sudden turn of events leaves them in an uncertain position, having prepared for a season that will no longer see their participation.
Tras conversaciones con @TeamAzeGG en las que el equipo expresó su deseo de no continuar en la Liga Latinoamérica, anunciamos su salida de la competencia.
En Apertura 2024, la LLA contará temporalmente con siete equipos.
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— LLA (@LLA) November 29, 2023
Looking Ahead: LLA’s New Format
With Team Aze’s departure, the LLA is now tasked with restructuring its format for the upcoming season with seven teams. Riot Games is expected to reveal how the league will adapt to this change and ensure a competitive and exciting tournament.
An Unexpected Turn in LLA
Team Aze’s unexpected withdrawal from the LLA 2024 presents both challenges and opportunities for the league. As the LLA moves forward with seven teams, the focus will be on maintaining a high level of competition and excitement for fans and players alike.
This development marks a significant moment in Latin American esports, setting the stage for an intriguing season ahead.