Two LGD.FY players and the entire iG.V roster might not make it to Boston.
During Zhang â€œxiao8â€ Ningâ€™s recent stream, it was mentioned that Du â€œMonetâ€ Peng, LGD.FYâ€™s carry, and Luo â€œLpcâ€ Puchao, their support, have failed their first visa application for America. According to the LGD Weibo page, their visa officers lacked knowledge about Dota 2 and esports, and coupled with the very young age and educational background of the players, led to a very troublesome situation for the players. It is said theyâ€™re contacting Valve and asking for assistance with this matter.
In the same vein, iG.Vitalityâ€™s Weibo also confirmed that all their players failed their first visa interviews. They will inevitably try again and ask help from Valve as well.
This isnâ€™t the first time this year that Asian teams have had trouble securing visas to the United States. Xue â€œSeptemberâ€ Zhichuan, who was playing for LGD last season, and Zhou â€œYangâ€ Haiyang, who was playing for VG.R last season, both missed out on The International 6 due to visa issues â€“ and who can forget the clutch visa approvals for PH teams TnC and Execration mere days before TI?
Personalities and pro players alike are questioning Valveâ€™s decision to hold a Major in America â€“ and being a notoriously difficult country to secure visas for isnâ€™t helping things. Having to play with a sub-optimal roster just because of visa issues will only hurt the level of competition, so letâ€™s hope things like this get cleared up soon.