to play with standin at the Major
Update 16/1 15:15 CET:
Team Liquid has provided us with a comment on the situation saying "Miracle has a private, personal matter to take care of. He is a very private person so we're not revealing what it is right now."
Reports have come in that Team Liquid will have to play The Chongqing Major without their starplayer Amer "Miracle-" Al-Barkawi. Information is scarce at the moment but this seems to be a last minute change as no information regarding this has been released by StarLadder, Valve, or Team Liquid themselves before today. At this point in time the closest to a full confirmation we have comes from Chinese carry player Chu "shadow" Zeyu, most known for winning TI6 with Wings Gaming, who edited his Doyu stream title to "I'll be back after playing for Liquid in the Major". Russian caster V1lat also tweeted out that Miracle- did not arrive in China with his team.
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Some Redditor has speculated that Miracle's visa was retracted after some recent friction between the Polish and Chinese governments. While Miracle does hold a Polish passport, as his mother is Polish, the rumor does not hold up to scrutiny as Team Secret, through their manager CyborgMatt, has confirmed that their Polish player, Michał "Nisha" Jankowski, made it to China without any issues.
No matter what the reason is for Miracle's absence from the tournament, Liquid will have a harder time than expected. While Shadow is a quality player with a TI win under his belt, Miracle is one of the biggest stars on the Dota scene and a vital part of every Liquid win.