Execration will not attend the Boston Major, LGD to replace them

Dota 2 Andreea “divushka” Esanu

The US visa crisis has been plaguing Dota 2 for a couple of years now and it just reached the next level.

Execration, a directly invited team to Boston Major, have been forced to put their dreams on hold only two days prior the tournament because of one missing paper that would have confirmed their invitation to the event.

According to Execration, who had to make tremendous efforts for The International 6 as well in order to get their visa sorted out in time, and who had to fly to Seattle only one day before their Wild Card matches, didn’t get a true denial of their visa on this occasion, hence why we haven’t heard anything about them having issues again until it was too late.

At the moment of publishing this news, Execration is still at the embassy waiting for Valve to send the documents attesting their invitation to Boston Major. However, according to their manager, Arvin Risos, no one from the team was denied their visa and they will still get it after Valve sends the required documents, but it won’t be in time for the group stage.

Execration is applying for P1 visa. We already have our interview and our passport is in US embassy waiting for petition to be approved. Petition is between Valve and USCIS, once Valve presented all the required documents, then USCIS will approve the petition and we will be given visa. No one is denied of their visa, it’s just Valve did not finished the petition in time for reasons we don’t know, so US embassy cannot grant us visa until all documents is presented by valve to USCIS. We will still get the Visa but not in time for group stage - Arvin Risos, Execration Manager

After Mr Arvin Risos posted the aforementioned statement, a few other missing details were made public on Reddit, and it seems that the situation is more complex. Although presented without any proof, the facts and the timeline for all this mess also implies a missing or a delayed Request for Evidence from USCIS to Valve. That somewhat exonerates Valve as they actually had no clue they were expected to issue another document until early this morning. The entire Reddit thread on this matter can be found here.

In the meantime, it was announced that LGD Gaming will replace Execration and will fly to Boston tomorrow morning. With LGD’s last minute addition, the 2016 Fall Major will feature no less than six Chinese teams.

The Boston Major group stage, is scheduled to take place from 3rd to 4th of December in Boston, Massachusetts, but two days before the event to commence, the format is still a mystery while the $3,000,000  prize pool distribution hasn’t been announced yet either. The main event will take place at the Wang Theater from 7th to 10th of December in a single elimination bracket.


Who’s to blame?

Execration and Filipino authorities for being too passive this time
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Valve for not taking better measures to secure at least the directly invited teams visas
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Andreea “divushka” Esanu
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  • James "Yared" A ,
    Not denied for sure, but delayed for replacement? I love this game but Dota 2 is somewhat declining. All hopes on this Boston Major to kick it up again. http://steamcharts.com/app/570
  • "Booncz" ,
    Boston Major shaping up to be "the best" event in history, and we are still couple days away... EDIT: I mean who decided that LGD will be the replacement? With all that's happening I'm 99% sure that VOLVO is making the worst and weirdest decisions on purpose, then they will look at the numbers and if they don't change they have the green light to do anything they wanna do...so buckle up EDIT 2: lol extraction was a direct invite add that to the list of WTF things....
  • Mr "soly" Soly ,
    No more events in USA cuz they are WALL of jokes!!! FU MURICA!!!
  • Ivanov "IvanovKyle" Kyle ,
    damn valve screwing up again. honestly, i didnt like how players can attend as subs and then switches to become primaries (example: forev) I think thats really screwed up. If youre Miracle, you dont need to go through qualifiers, just hope a team picks you up. ez major ez TI
  • Visund John "gonster" Gamonez ,
    How was LGD picked as the replacement for Execration? Seems to me LGD was notified in advance hence why are they not suffering from VISA issues wherein they have new players on their team?
  • acin "acinaliamirza" mirza ,
    What a joke
  • Adrian "ciferz11" Dela Cruz ,
    Sub issue, Visa issue, and now Replacement decision. You fucked up Valve. You haven't even release the group-stage bracket. We are 3 days away from starting your shit tournament. Good job Valve. More Big Events coming on Donald Dump country. "Lets Make America Great Again" by not entering foreign people.
    • Prashanth "Ghost.554" Prabhu ,
      They dont want execration to attend the Major. If they want, they could have helped them to provide necessary petitions/documents. Still, they ignoring SEA and promoting doto in China. BTW, why they dont go for B1 visa instead? it has 10 years of validity and can be used to attend/participate in any sports events. http://www.immihelp.com/business-visa/permissible-prohibited-activities.html http://www.immihelp.com/visas/pvisa/p1-visa-athlete-athletic-team-member.html
  • Piotr "UltimateRychu" Rychłowski ,
    Great news for me! Great day! They didn't deserve direct invite at all. Great punishment for throwing games. Play always as good as you can or don't play.


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