Leffen receives American visa through July, will attend EVO

by Daniel Rosen May 4 2016
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After eight months of missing North American tournaments, top Super Smash Bros. Melee player William "Leffen" Hjelte is returning to tournaments in the United States through July, Team SoloMid announced Wednesday.

Leffen has not played in any tournaments in the United States since HTC Throwdown in September. Leffen recently competed in EGLX in Toronto, his first North American event since the visa issues began. He placed seventh at the tournament, after losses to Jeffery "Axe" Williamson and James "Duck" Ma.

Leffen's short-term P1 visa will cover him through July, meaning he will be able to attend EVO. According to TSM, Leffen's application was initially rejected because Melee is not considered a legitimate sport by the visa office of the U.S. State Department.

"We are working on extending this Visa for the long term and will announce an update as soon as one is available," the organization stated in their press release.

Leffen has missed several major tournaments in North America over the last right months, including The Big House 5, Genesis 3, Battle of the Five Gods and both Smash Summits. He is best known as the only player to defeat all five gods of Super Smash Bros. Melee, Adam "Armada" Lindgren, Juan "Hungrybox" Debiedma, Joseph "Mang0" Marquez, Jason "Mew2King" Zimmerman and Kevin "PPMD" Nanney in tournament sets.

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