Jul 29 2016 - 4:13 pm

TNC and Execration secure visas, will be attending TI6

After two failed attempts, TNC Gaming and Execration have finally secured their visas for the International 6, just five days before the event
Sam Nordmark
Writer at @dotesports

After two failed attempts, TNC Gaming and Execration have finally secured their visas for the International 6, just five days before the event.

The situation came to the public’s attention two weeks ago, when the two teams from the Philippines failed to secure visas after their initial applications. While initially filing for B1/B2 visas (business or tourism), per the recommendation of Valve, both sides were then told to apply for P1 athlete visas. But with the International 6 only two weeks away at that point in time, neither team would be able to receive the visas ahead of the event, as a P1 visa usually takes a minimum of two months to process.

As a result, the two sides looked to the aid of Filipino senator Bam Aquino, U.S. senator Maria Cantwell and representatives from Valve, and today the teams were finally informed that they will be attending the International 6.

“Out of tens of thousands of teams vying to qualify for this competition, only 18 will compete - and 2 are from the Philippines,” Aquino wrote in a social media post earlier today. “I would like to wish our Philippine teams good luck as they represent our country in the world stage! We are very proud of you!”

However, this isn’t the first time the biggest tournament in Dota 2 has encountered the problematic issue of visa struggles. In all but the original iteration of the event, at least one team or player has encountered struggles in the process.

The majority of these cases have affected players from Eastern Europe and South East Asia. Given the strenuous relationship between the the U.S. and Russia in the past years, obtaining U.S. visas as a Russian citizen has become more and more of an issue. This became obvious ahead of last year’s event when a number of Eastern European teams had to go through several applications and aid from U.S. senator Maria Cantwell and Valve before they were able to ensure their attendance.

While TNC and Execration have reason to celebrate, not all teams are as fortunate. Both LGD Gaming and Vici Gaming Reborn will be attending the event with one stand-in each due to starting players not being able to obtain visas in time for the $18.9 million event.

Jan 17 2017 - 10:33 pm

These are the first four teams confirmed for the IEM World Championship

Eight teams will be competing at one of the largest international League of Legends events.
Sam Nordmark
Writer at @dotesports
Photo via Riot Games

Half of the teams slated to compete at one of League of Legend's largest international events in 2017 have been announced.

The IEM World Championship will once conclude at IEM Katowice in Poland in March after roughly four months worth of competiton across three international events. Eight teams in total will be attending the event. Earlier today ESL revealed the first half that are slated to compete at the event.

The first four teams that will attend are Europe's H2K and Unicorns of Love, North Americans Cloud9 and lastly the Eastern European M19 squad, which was formerly known as Albus NoX Luna.

A majority of teams attending the event have been invited based off of their performance in the 2016 League World Championship. Additionally the victors at IEM's events in Oakland and Gyeonggi, which were won by Unicorns of Love and Samsung Galaxy respectively.

Reigning world champions SKT T1 and Chinese supersquad EDward Gaming have also secured invites to the event after reaching the quarterfinals of the 2016 World Championship, but have not confirmed their participation yet.

Eight teams will be competing at the event in total, though the final contestants are yet to be decided. None of the competitors representing the East Asian League Master Series were able to advance from the group stage. They also failed to qualify through IEM Oakland or Gyeonggi.

The IEM World Championship will take place from Feb. 22 to 26.

Jan 17 2017 - 8:11 pm

The spring NA LCS finals are coming to Vancouver

NA’s biggest League of Legends event is returning to Canada.
Sam Nordmark
Writer at @dotesports
Photo via Riot Games

For the second season in a row, the North American League Championship Series will reach its conclusion in Canada.

Following the explosive confrontation between TSM and Cloud9 in the 2016 Summer Split finals in Toronto, the 2017 Spring Split finals will take place in the 20,000 seat Pacific Coliseum in Vancouver from April 22-23.

Riot has not announced when tickets for the event will go on sale, so Canadian fans and those looking to attend should keep their eyes peeled. 15,000 fans attended the 2016 NA LCS Summer Split finals last year, completely filling the Air Canada Centre, which should indicate just how high demand for tickets is.

This marks the NA LCS' second-ever final abroad, as seven of the league's eight finals haven taken place in locations around the U.S. Compare that to the EU LCS, which has been spoiled in terms of its show being taken on the road, as the tournament has visited a multitude of countries since its inception—including Poland, the Netherlands, England, and France.

The NA LCS 2017 Spring Split is set to start on Jan. 20.