End of the Blizzcon road: Philippine Hearthstone representatives denied VISAs

Hearthstone Nick “Dorazion” D'Orazio

Players from all over the world will be competing at the Blizzcon North American Hearthstone Qualifiers on October 4th and 5th. Regretably, Chalk "Chalk" Zaldivar and Euniel "Staz" Javiñas won't be. It appears that the two Phillipine representives have had their VISA applications denied, making it impossible to travel to the U.S and compete in New York. 

The two players qualified through to the second phase of the North American qualifiers after leading performance during the first phase. Unfortunately, their story of potential Esports glory ends there. According to Staz, despite trying to secure their VISAs twice, their supposed lack of ties to the Philipines and strong incentives to return were reason enough for their denial. Even the backing of Blizzard themselves couldn't persuade the embassy further on the subject.

Their space in the tournament will be replaced by those next in line according to player rank.


Nick “Dorazion” D'Orazio

I love games and love writing about them. Heroes of the Storm GosuCrew lead and foremost advocate of Jake Badlands entering the Nexus.