Two LGD.FY players and the entire iG.V roster might not make it to Boston.


During Zhang “xiao8” Ning’s recent stream, it was mentioned that Du “Monet” Peng, LGD.FY’s carry, and Luo “Lpc” 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 they’re contacting Valve and asking for assistance with this matter.

In the same vein, iG.Vitality’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 isn’t the first time this year that Asian teams have had trouble securing visas to the United States. Xue “September” Zhichuan, who was playing for LGD last season, and Zhou “Yang” Haiyang, who was playing for VG.R last season, both missed out on The International 6 due to visa issues – 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 Valve’s decision to hold a Major in America – and being a notoriously difficult country to secure visas for isn’t helping things. Having to play with a sub-optimal roster just because of visa issues will only hurt the level of competition, so let’s hope things like this get cleared up soon.


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