LGD-Gaming will replace Execration at The Boston Major 2016 after visa issues have prevented the Filipino squad from travelling to the U.S., the team announced on Facebook Wednesday.
According to the team's statement on Facebook, their P1 visa application was pending as they had already completed their interviews, but blamed Valve for not completing their petition with the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).
"Our visas were not denied, its just Valve did not finish the petition in time for reasons we don't know," the team said in their Facebook post. "That’s why the U.S. embassy cannot grant the visa until all documents are presented by Valve to the USCIS."
The team says that they will still receive their visas, but not in time for the start of the group stage on Dec. 3, and have been replaced by LGD.
Execration are the latest, and hopefully the last, victim of the visa issues many foreign teams have had trying to attend The Boston Major. LGD.Forever Young's Du "Monet" Peng and Luo "lpc" Puchao could not obtain their visas and the team will instead play with Vici Gaming players Yang "END" Pu and Leong "DDC" Fatmeng.
Meanwhile, Invictus Gaming Vitality have gone through three rounds of visa application interviews and still could not field their starting roster in Boston. iG.V's support duo Gao "dogf1ghts" Tianpeng and Su "super" Peng — who is also iG.V's captain — will have to watch the Major at home, and they will play with players from iG's main squad Fu "Q" Bin and Xu "BurNIng" Zhilei.
Execration were one of the eight direct invites to The Boston Major. Their unfortunate exclusion brings the number of Filipino teams and players at the Major down to zero, while six of the 16 teams are Chinese representatives, two of which are from LGD.
LGD's primary roster was one built around their star player Lu "Maybe" Yao, which features former CDEC Gaming teammate Chen "Xz" Zezhi. The rest of the players were relative unknowns as Wang "Ame" Chunyu and Chen "Victoria" Guanhong came from the CDEC Youth squad, while Sun "Jixing" Runfa came from Vici Gaming Potential. They haven't been able to qualify for any premier tournament in the fall season, but they now have a big shot at the Major.
The Boston Major 2016 group stage will take place on Dec. 3-4, while the main event will take place on Dec. 7-10 at the Wang Theater.
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