iG.Vitality succumbs to the visa curse

Dota 2 Ben “PineappleCake” Tan

Two of the players on iG.V will not be able to attend the Boston Major as their final visa application attempt has met with failure.

After having all five players turned down in their previous visa attempts, iG.V's following attempt yielded better but still less than ideal results. The team's support duo, Su 'Super' Peng and Gao 'Dogf1ghts' Tian Peng, will not be attending the Boston Major because of their rejected visa applications. Meanwhile, the three cores on iG.V have had their visa applications approved and can travel to the US to take part in the Boston Major.

Official news about the participation of the team in the Boston Major and the stand-ins they will use is still pending, however, it is expected that iG.V's official sub, Xu 'BurNIng' Zhi Lei, will be taking one of the two open slots in the team.

News of this rejection puts iG.V in the same boat as LGD.FY, which also experienced two players failing to get their visas in time. In LGD.FY's case Valve made an exception and allowed them to use two subs; LGD.FY chose to let Yang 'END' Pu and Leong 'DDC' Fat-Meng play on their roster instead of registered sub Lu 'Maybe' Yao. According to iG.V's announcement, they are currently "working with Valve regarding the substitutes."

The two players who failed to receive a visa will not be able to able to go for another attempt before the Boston Major as the next possible date for a visa attempt will not leave enough time for the players to receive their visas.

Source: IG's Facebook
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Ben “PineappleCake” Tan
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  • stev "STVROM" zerdan ,
    trump will help
  • Number 1 "clariska" of Number 99 ,
    ^ rather blame it on trump.His most prob the most paranoid person on planet earth.
  • "Booncz" ,
    make more events in the USA...that's the way to go
  • Ste "holypepsi" A ,
    what a way for burning to participate in ar valve event
  • kabu "JOK" smaug ,
  • Amina "Kaliya" Kaliya ,
    I understand that Valve is a US company, and I would understand if this was the first issue, but c'mon. It's been repeating again and again. I think Europe and Asia are the best places to hold these kind of events. If you want to make it in NA, make it in Canada... or Mexico, although Trump will not EG and DC go to the latter :)
    • arvell "revy.stryker" skynative ,
      Well, for the TI I think Valve will always want it to be held in the US. They want the biggest event to directly contributes to the US economy (including tax payment too). But for Major, they shuffle it from place to place. It has never been the same city since the first time (Frankfurt, Shanghai, Manila, and now Boston). I guess they'll go overseas (again) for the next Spring Major. Maybe CIS city, Kiev or Split or Moscow.
  • arvell "revy.stryker" skynative ,
    The thing is, aren't you guys curious as to why is it seems only China that suffers from US Visa ? Is it a language problem ? or what ? Coz SEA doesn't seem to suffer as much. I mean, most of SEA teams have only little to no problem with these issue we saw pre-TI6 (Malay, PH, Korea). While we know that generally they speak better english than China, but many of them were first-timer too, like TNC and XCTN. When a few of them had Visa issue, they quickly succeed at the next interview. And now for Boston too, all SEA team granted the access swiftly with no problem (including the first-timer WGU). It's like.. it's always China who get struck by this. I don't mean to offense, but.. just thinking about what was the problem actually ?
    • Le "Sakutaro_csgo" Tam ,
      Talking about English, Japanese also suck at this, but they never suffer the same issue, Russian also not too bad at English, this visa issue due to political mostly :)
    • Tanawat "fides5566" Phadungkiatsakun ,
      Because Chinese people abuse tourist and study visa so much that usa border control takes extra care on them. Like they would come and work illegally and never go back to their country ever(because they couldn't comeback to usa ever again). It causes a lot of problem before. Kinda like how Trump blames Mexican now.


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