SL i-League S2 moved to Kiev

Starladder has announced that the SL i-League StarSeries Season 2 finals have been moved from Nanjing to Kiev.

In a statement, Starladder explained that, with the G20 summit taking place in Hangzhou from September 4-5, China has tightened up its visa policy as part of a temporary increase in security measures.

As a result, several players have been denied visas to enter the country, while others have been hit by visa delays, a problem that, according to Starladder, many international tourists have experienced since the start of the month.

Stage at the CyberSport Arena

SL i-League StarSeries event moved from Nanjing to Kiev

Faced with the prospect of many teams withdrawing, Starladder has decided to move the event to Kiev, with the dates remaining unchanged (September 7-11).

Meanwhile, Starladder has announced that Team Liquid and fnatic have both pulled out of the event, with HellRaisers and GODSENT having been invited in their stead. 

Below you can find the provisional list of participants for the tournament, which will have a $300,000 prize fund:

Ukraine HellRaisers France G2 CIS Natus Vincere Sweden GODSENT
Denmark Astralis Poland Virtus.pro Sweden NiP Brazil Immortals
China VG.CyberZen China TYLOO Korea MVP Project Denmark Dignitas
Denmark X France Envy North America OpTic Other TBA
beijing no chilllllll
2016-08-23 14:26
Rip first 18 comment btw ez for Na'Vi
2016-08-23 14:33
Simple for s1mple On a serious note, idk how the chinese scene will ever grow if they can't ever leave and other teams can't enter which is a shame because I think Tyloo (and to an extent VG.CyberZen) could be very good teams if they had to face that level of competition.
2016-08-23 15:14
WHY Team Liquid and fnatic have both pulled out of the event
2016-08-24 04:09
rip china
2016-08-23 14:26
#21
Ukraine rim 
rip China
2016-08-23 14:26
#71
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Ukraine  Pasha 
ez for S1 and Edward
2016-08-23 14:50
simple 4 s1mple
2016-08-23 15:12
visa problems inc :(
2016-08-23 14:26
meow
2016-08-23 14:26
Rip China
2016-08-23 14:26
#25
Zeus | 
Russia FIN_MAX! 
Ez
2016-08-23 14:26
Fuck, was going too
2016-08-23 14:27
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2016-08-23 14:27
That's a shame, would have been cool to have a large event in China.
2016-08-23 14:27
Godsent will play
2016-08-23 14:27
#57
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New Zealand tyfnz 
Didn't Godsent already play in the European qualifier for the event though?
2016-08-23 14:40
#87
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Sweden BubbaKush 
Godsent hype
2016-08-23 15:11
#30
fnx | 
Denmark Stefez 
Rip china
2016-08-23 14:27
yeah Ukraine is a lot safer :DDDDD
2016-08-23 14:27
#52
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Liechtenstein Hidolf_Atler 
Kappa?
2016-08-23 14:35
#65
ceh9 | 
World mukas17 
Did you even read the article?
2016-08-23 14:46
?
2016-08-23 15:42
#116
ceh9 | 
World mukas17 
The LAN being moved has nothing to do with safety. People can't attend cos they can't get visas.
2016-08-23 16:01
he obviously didnt, tnx for owning him
2016-08-23 16:24
Ukraine and Kiev are not the same thing even though Kiev is the main part of it, Kiev is a safe city and prev events were all fine, theres nothing to worry about, NBK's one of the best places that he loves to return to....
2016-08-23 16:26
not liquid just hellraisers
2016-08-23 14:28
inc tyloo, vg and mvp project drop from SL
2016-08-23 14:28
hope godsent will fill sk's spot
2016-08-23 14:28
GODSENT replaced Fnatic
2016-08-23 14:31
didnt see that, thx for telling me :)
2016-08-23 14:32
Brb
2016-08-23 14:28
Navi to take this one
2016-08-23 14:29
#39
ANGE1 | 
World LichGod 
TBA = HellRaisers !
2016-08-23 14:29
HellRaisers replaced Liquid
2016-08-23 14:31
+
2016-08-23 14:33
I mean it is an upgrade. I know that they came in 2nd at Cologne, but idk why organizers keep inviting Liquid. They got there because of s1mple and it is obvious that they were going to tank once s1mple left.
2016-08-23 15:17
NT
2016-08-23 14:36
That's ok because we have visa on arrival to Ukraine
2016-08-23 14:30
rip china teams visa issues like always... GG this is rigged bcoz C9 will replace one of china team FeelsBadMan
2016-08-23 14:31
Who care about noob NA teams ?
2016-08-23 14:34
sadly they only care NA teams because of their fans = more viewership + more money.. sooo no fnatic no sk no liquid.. this event might be too ez for navi FeelsGoodMan
2016-08-23 14:37
#70
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Greece hekzy 
Chinese viewership is humongous btw.
2016-08-23 14:50
#73
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Spain akproxx 
Did u read the news? Fnatic are irrelevant atm and liquid with pimp well no comments
2016-08-23 14:52
Nah, Liquid best NA team man. They only got 2-0'd by the legendary team Echo Fox. That makes them at least the 3rd best NA team (actual NA teams, I'm excluding the good (aka Brazil) teams) right now cause Optic is tanking and TSM got overrated as all hell (and is now losing to Renegades) because they managed to beat SK on 1 map in ECS (Winterfox also did this back in EPL), and because Astralis is retarded and decided to play TSM on Cobble which is one of TSM's best maps and one of Astralis' worst. So in short, Echo Fox major champions.
2016-08-23 15:23
LUL
2016-08-23 14:34
#49
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Russia Liberast 
Pray4China
2016-08-23 14:34
#51
s1mple | 
Russia pEndos 
cool
2016-08-23 14:34
#53
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Luxembourg alex24 
easy for GODSENT
2016-08-23 14:35
rofl
2016-08-23 14:36
rip 3x asian teams
2016-08-23 14:40
MVP Project will prolly still get to go since they are from South Korea and I believe it is much easier to get visas to leave than it is in China.
2016-08-23 15:24
MVP has no problem. TYLOO and VG will get arrival visa with the help of ImbaTV. So these 3 teams are all OK to participate
2016-08-24 08:53
#59
Estonia rYm 
nice :) no jetlags for EU teams
2016-08-23 14:43
#60
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Faroe Islands _shubaN 
expected LUL
2016-08-23 14:43
someone please give a major to starladder for their amazing organisational skills
2016-08-23 14:43
#68
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Other kimbadim 
+1
2016-08-23 14:48
But i think starladder have other games than csgo? Dont they have dota 2 also? Valve only want majors to be csgo only tournament.
2016-08-23 15:00
How could Star Ladder predict China doing what they did with their visa policy, though? Unless you aren't being sarcastic and are being serious..
2016-08-23 15:44
I'm not being sarcastic.......................
2016-08-24 15:46
Okay, good. It just seemed like you were slightly being sarcastic lol.
2016-08-24 16:12
#62
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World ddarkoo 
-Nanjing +Kiev -fnatic +Hellraiser LOL -Liquid +Godsent
2016-08-23 14:44
Yes, HellRaisers is fucking shit. Again and again StarLadder find the way to invite them.
2016-08-23 14:51
At least it isn't Liquid. I want to maintain as much innocence to the fact that NA is absolute dogshit even compared to where it was a couple months ago. Liquid lost s1mple and we saw how well that worked in ELeague, Optic is tanking now (my guess is due to the coaching rule), TSM got way overhyped and just recently lost to Renegades. Now I have to go about my day talking about the big 3 of NA CS: Cloud 9, Echo Fox, and Optic.
2016-08-23 15:35
#63
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Faroe Islands _shubaN 
Tyloo and VG will not attend the event because of VISA, I am calling it.
2016-08-23 14:45
#64
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Lithuania Tomekas85 
ez
2016-08-23 14:46
another lets keep CS GO for white people agenda the 3 Asian teams won't make it due to visas, maybe they will allow the shittiest of the 3, MVP project to play.
2016-08-23 14:47
#89
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France ponche 
"Starladder explained that, with the G20 summit taking place in Hangzhou from September 4-5, China has tightened up its visa policy as part of a temporary increase in security measures." Is it white people fault ?
2016-08-23 15:14
It always is.
2016-08-23 15:36
gg, it was a good run.
2016-08-23 15:44
What the fuck hahahaha, that's the funniest comment I've seen lately xD
2016-08-23 15:46
And had it remained at Nanjing maybe 8 teams would have been unable to go. Gotta see it in the bigger picture. I actually wished it had gone ahead in China but I understand this completely.
2016-08-23 16:32
good.china sucks at doing lans.we see PGL.fucking chinese niggas was singing and delay was like 2hrs.i trust UKR
2016-08-23 14:47
#69
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Spain akproxx 
And why fnatic and liquid left wtf
2016-08-23 14:49
+ Gambit pls
2016-08-23 14:53
-VG -Tyloo +Flipsid3 +Kinguin ?
2016-08-23 14:54
Mouz and Faze deserve to be in way before those two (and hellraisers). Hopefully they will get in. As for the 3rd, maybe X, MK, Dignitas, and Kinguin would all be good as well.
2016-08-23 15:10
WTF !?!?!?!
2016-08-23 14:54
why +hellraisers but not +gambit LOL
2016-08-23 14:59
#83
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Greece hekzy 
They came closer to qualifying
2016-08-23 15:05
#78
dupreeh | 
Georgia tvd 
inb4 tyloo and VG cant go
2016-08-23 14:59
gg I even want to see forest :(
2016-08-23 15:01
nobody wants to go to fucking 3rd world china anyways lmfao
2016-08-23 15:03
#140
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Bangladesh drvken 
a u mad? <3 china
2016-08-23 18:04
#82
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Belarus Starvoid 
shitladder
2016-08-23 15:05
- shit hr + spirit
2016-08-23 15:06
shitladder
2016-08-23 15:15
hr is shit, but they deserved their spot here also onliners from spirit cant win vs hr even online hr = shit > parussia > spirit xD
2016-08-23 15:29
#91
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Brazil FaZe_Top_One 
+Choke9?
2016-08-23 15:17
#93
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France kennySsSsS 
wut wheres liquid?
2016-08-23 15:17
dead, they don't deserve to be in this tournament now that s1mple is gone.
2016-08-23 15:37
#94
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Liberia tfldx 
TBA is who?
2016-08-23 15:17
i hope mousesports
2016-08-23 16:16
what about teams from China and their visas for this time?
2016-08-23 15:21
#97
Poland Meox 
ez VP
2016-08-23 15:22
inb4 Tyloo VISA issues because event isnt in china anymore.
2016-08-23 15:24
#101
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Russia AR4ER 
no Gambit - no fuN ;(
2016-08-23 15:25
#102
autist | 
Latvia ploxyS 
Kiev so Putin will attack at A bombsite can confirm
2016-08-23 15:29
which map dough?
2016-08-23 15:34
Train
2016-08-23 15:37
cache actually, we better know
2016-08-23 16:06
Aren't both "near" Kiev?
2016-08-23 20:08
Ez 4 putin
2016-08-23 15:30
why event in country where is war ? are you kiding my again fuckign bandera terrorist shoot down airplane with pros like they do it with this malaysia boeing
2016-08-23 15:46
Did Fnatic and Liquid refuse to participate?
2016-08-23 15:45
fnatic dropped out cause of the roster swap, but idk why godsent is going in their stead. Liquid on the other hand just refuses to go anywhere
2016-08-23 16:04
Okay, thanks.
2016-08-23 16:53
Now let's hope that Putin don't attack Kiev.
2016-08-23 16:04
RIP Russian spectators. Also, C9 to be invited.
2016-08-23 16:04
no fnatic Shit event
2016-08-23 16:15
reasonable decision, hope everything works out
2016-08-23 16:15
#124
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Sweden pontus767 
Rip those who booked ticket
2016-08-23 16:21
loooooool, HR so lucky to get this, they now better show a decent game there... Also, havent Gambit qualified for this? I though they did? Who beat them to qualify?
2016-08-23 16:22
Gambit got 3-4 place in their group lol. Dey lose to Hellraisers, Spirit and maybe for fruits too.
2016-08-23 16:33
Oh ya, now i remember, thats true, fuits playied good! Great!
2016-08-23 16:33
EZ for Hellraisers, a proffesional Ukrainian e sports organisation. Consisting of awper Sergey "Smike" Sklyarenko, in game leader Kiril "ange1 " karaisov, riflers Patric "zero" zudel, Vladislav "BONDIK" nechyporchuk and mad fragger Martin "Styko" Styk.
2016-08-23 16:23
it's ok noops, chill
2016-08-23 16:25
fak u g20
2016-08-23 16:42
#136
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Hong Kong eldoodaks 
starladder wp fuck china
2016-08-23 16:55
Wtf is this teamlist? It differs from that one hltv.org/news/18477-optic-immortals-to-s.. by 2 teams: -fnatic +GODSENT -Liquid +HellRaisers Again - wtf? Who will participate in fact? And where are the official statements from fnatic and Liquid concerning this tournament?
2016-08-23 17:22
#139
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Portugal BoPeTheBeSt 
easy... Meanwhile, Starladder has announced that Team Liquid and fnatic have both pulled out of the event, with HellRaisers and GODSENT having been invited in their stead.
2016-08-23 17:41
HR instead of Liquid? LOL, they'd better invite Flipsid3.
2016-08-23 19:08
rip who wants to go there
2016-08-23 17:33
#141
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Finland coswell 
Nice way to fuck up the chinese teams chances to participate in a top level tournament.. 99% sure they won't get visas that fast...
2016-08-23 18:15
GL Virtus.Lan :-)
2016-08-23 18:40
#144
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United Kingdom FEodAL 
sad
2016-08-23 19:22
#146
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China angle409 
wow. some people in China have bought tickets and airfare to see this. nice one, SL!
2016-08-23 23:29
In a statement, Starladder explained that, with the G20 summit taking place in Hangzhou from September 4-5, China has tightened up its visa policy as part of a temporary increase in security measures. As a result, several players have been denied visas to enter the country, while others have been hit by visa delays, a problem that, according to Starladder, many international tourists have experienced since the start of the month. Not SL's fault
2016-08-24 13:21
#156
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China angle409 
that's an excuse for their poor organizing capabilities. G20 were set a year in advance and SL should have been aware of it long ago and planned accordingly.
2016-08-24 16:56
#147
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China angle409 
it normally takes 3-4 weeks to get visa. That means chinese teams are effectively out. sad.
2016-08-23 23:38
#148
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Australia yeb123 
I know, gg , tyloo & VG
2016-08-24 01:10
Fucken communist bandits!
2016-08-24 03:24
#151
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Brazil chococaine 
suddenly a t2 tournament LOL
2016-08-24 04:13
sad :/ i want to see neo
2016-09-01 21:26
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