Chinese teams allegedly denied visas for PGL Arlington Major 2022

At the moment there are rumors that almost all Chinese teams that qualified for the PGL Dota 2 Major... Fragster | 21. July 2022

At the moment there are rumors that almost all Chinese teams that qualified for the PGL Dota 2 Major Arlington 2022 are having difficulties getting a US visa. The only exception seems to be PSG.LGD and Virtus.pro aka Outsiders, who probably already got their visas. 

The rumours come from Reddit user The_Blue_Axe, citing several Chinese web posts, which means this information is not officially confirmed and should be taken with caution. At the moment it is just speculation.

Players allegedly rejected en masse

One of the affected teams is Xtreme Gaming, whose Lou “lou” Zhen was supposedly denied a visa after claiming he had never travelled outside of China. According to the Reddit post, he didn’t even get a chance to show his invitation letter. Lou will allegedly have another interview to try again to get a visa on July 22.

Royal Never Give Up’s carry Daniel “Ghost” Chan Kok Hong has supposedly already had two interviews, which are both said to have been turned down. The player is currently on his way to the Riyadh Masters and has to wait two more days before submitting the next application.

Moreover, Aster support Yu “Siamese.C” Yajun explained that he didn’t get a clear answer from officials, but he believes he passed the interview. The Reddit user claims that PSG.LGD has all the papers, so at least one of the four Chinese teams should be able to attend the event with a full line-up.

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Outsiders are in luck with visa

Outsiders (Virtus.pro) players also shared their situation with participation in PGL Dota 2 Major Arlington 2022. Their support Egor “Xakoda” Lipartiya said that all players successfully received visas. He wasn’t sure about the status of Roman “RAMZES” Kushnarev, but the carry said he’s confident he’ll get it somehow. He previously played for Evil Geniuses, but his visa had already expired.

Europe-based organization Entity Gaming will also likely have to play with a substitute player as their Russian support Vladislav “Kataomi`” Semenov failed the interview. This is not the first time that Dota 2 teams are not able to attend an important event due to visa issues. At the last Major in Stockholm, Mind Games missed the event because they didn’t get a visa in time.

A total of 18 teams have qualified to compete for a $500,000 prize pool and DPC points at PGL Major Arlington 2022, set to run between August 4-14. Team Spirit has a good chance of qualifying for the event’s TI11, while NAVI and Outsiders will need to make it deep into the playoffs to do so. According to the organizer, the event has been sold out. 

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