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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  • Allen "allen_awf" Pogi ,
    Is there a chance for Execration? 2nd chance??. Saddest part in Dota2 history..
  • Mohd "FuhrerCroz" Hafizuddin ,
    Fucking TRUMPLAND. Fuck Valve. Nuff said. They were afraid the wrath of SEA in TI6 will haunt them again. Thus, the action.
  • Number 1 "clariska" of Number 99 ,
    Well doesn't matter where valve hold an event there's always visa issues so most of you are just blind flamers.Any case i also don't see how LGD can get invite.Seems fishy tbh.Seems more like valve planned this and what have LGD achieve again?Uhm nothing?Worst company ever is valve there games are crap there staff are crap and there management are crap -_-
    • "Booncz" ,
      Yeah but in the USA the visa issues are 500% more problematic than elsewhere, so yes it does matter...
  • Shu "NMBGL" Wang ,
    I would say LGD is the only reasonable option here. 1. Finatic is basically disbanded right now. 2. Liquid just kicked out Bulba which does not have a full roster. 3. TNC is also in rebuilding stage. So, who else beside LGD could give us some good dota game? Those NA trash teams? etided: The third postion in SEA was Minesky, I heard they was the first choice but they cannot get visa ready in time. So sorry guys, Luck fall on whoever prepared.
    • Prashanth "Ghost.554" Prabhu ,
      Ok Agreed. But Valve should leave a note to everyone indicating why is this decision was taken? Dont you feel ignored?
  • Tian Yi "v3luotianyi" Luo ,
    "Valve as they actually had no clue they were expected to issue another document until early this morning" - ignorance is not an excuse. wat a big disappointment "Finatic is basically disbanded right now" + "TNC is also in rebuilding stage" - even if both teams is not currently in roster change, they dont deserve invites
  • Denis "Vodka2Gud" Blah ,
    China already has enough teams there.. EU is strongest region and only has 3 lol.. stupid biased valve
    • Artoria "kelenfire" Pendragon ,
      strongest region got only one team in top8 at TI6 EU guys pls dont be so stupid
      • Dawie "Didgemon" de Villiers ,
        Currently strongest, the teams that were in ti6 and the teams now differ you do realize this right? its only Wings that have kept their original roster and by the looks of it, if nobody can figure VP out VP is the strongest team now for sure


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