HellRaisers pull out of EPL S7 due to visa issues; Heroic to fill in

Professeur
May 9th, 2018 20:13

Due to visa complications for one of their players, HellRaisers have pulled out of the upcoming tournament.

The Ukraine-based organization have revealed that they would not be competing at the ESL Pro League Season 7 Finals LAN as their AWPer Özgür "woxic" Eker has been denied entry visa for the United States, despite multiple attempts.

With that news, HellRaisers have decided against using their coach or using a player added as an emergency transfer, instead dropping out of the tournament.

The Turkish star will miss out on another event

woxic's visa has previously been an issue as well, as HellRaisers skipped out on DreamHack Austin and fielded a substitute at the StarSeries Invitational last year. Instead of HellRaisers, Heroic will be attending the ESL Pro League Finals, with the team using an emergency transfer to add Jorgen "cromen" Robertsen to the lineup, who will play instead of the illness-struck Ruben "RUBINO" Villarroel.

The groups and initial matchups now look as follows:

Group A
Europe mousesports vs. Brazil Sharks
Europe FaZe vs.  United States Cloud9
United States NRG vs. Europe Heroic
Ukraine Natus Vincere vs. Korea MVP PK
Group B
North America Liquid vs. Australia Grayhound
Turkey Space Soldiers vs. Australia Renegades
Denmark OpTic vs. Denmark Astralis
Sweden NiP vs. Brazil SK
Norway Ruben 'RUBINO' Villarroel
Ruben 'RUBINO' Villarroel
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.99
Maps played:
827
KPR:
0.68
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.13
Norway Jorgen 'cromen' Robertsen
Jorgen 'cromen' Robertsen
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.08
Maps played:
259
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.13
Turkey Özgür 'woxic' Eker
Özgür 'woxic' Eker
Age:
20
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.16
Maps played:
559
KPR:
0.77
DPR:
0.62
APR:
0.11
#1
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United States ascendaNt_88 
Wack
2018-05-09 20:12
#8
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Czech Republic davskal 
easy for friberg
2018-05-09 20:13
#18
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Turkey pardus 
unlucky
2018-05-09 20:14
Expected LOL
2018-05-09 20:16
AWPer Özgür "woxic" Eker has been denied entry visa for the United States, despite multiple attempts. hahahahahahaha YOU KNOW WHY
2018-05-09 20:59
"SAD!" Says it all lmao
2018-05-09 21:17
#142
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Canada NMX_ 
ANELE ?
2018-05-09 23:38
Who will get the prize money of 8th place in epl7 eu hr or heroic?
2018-05-10 12:09
#211
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United States ascendaNt_88 
Heroic most likely
2018-05-10 19:03
Then that's not fair getting an spot(=placing money at event) +money for 8th spot at epl EU !!!
2018-05-10 19:33
#214
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United States ascendaNt_88 
Oops I meant to say HR sorry
2018-05-10 19:38
#2
jks | 
North America xdrax 
rip
2018-05-09 20:13
Unluko
2018-05-09 20:13
#128
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Turkey rasheem 
maluko
2018-05-09 21:48
#5
WARDELL | 
Switzerland LightV 
Unluko
2018-05-09 20:13
stop hosting at murica lamfo
2018-05-09 20:13
Maybe woxic shouldn’t come from a country of terrorists🤔
2018-05-09 21:01
+1
2018-05-09 21:05
Woxic is not coming from usa
2018-05-09 21:08
#131
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Hungary golliath 
I LOL'd so hard
2018-05-09 22:04
+1
2018-05-10 11:35
#195
ScreaM | 
Canada Lokomo 
+1 Americans kill more Americans than anyone else
2018-05-10 17:04
#282
nEGRo | 
Macau m8Oman 
big brain right here
2018-05-22 03:42
#220
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Russia CISCSforFun 
LMFAO
2018-05-15 04:06
#120
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United States FlagMaster 
Woxic can't help where he's from, also Turkey doesn't really generate as many terrorists as other Middle Eastern countries
2018-05-09 21:10
The country thats out there terrorizing others is usa...when did middle easterns attack america lately? And how many midde eastern countries have been bombed by the US lately? Seems unfair to say that the middle east is the terrorist... just som propaganda that you belive in
2018-05-10 10:10
#216
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United States FlagMaster 
I never said the terrorists generated by Middle Eastern countries were from those countries, many are westerners radicalized by terrorist organization.
2018-05-10 22:54
So middle eastern terrorist groups don't exist now? Are you uneducated?
2018-05-22 03:27
#121
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Lithuania arres 
Space soldiers are going (at least they did not announced they're not) and they are all Turkish
2018-05-09 21:11
#129
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Turkey rasheem 
they attended boston major. get visa at the beginning of this year. i don't expect any issues because of that.
2018-05-09 21:50
Retard Spoted
2018-05-10 06:36
USA is the only retarded country where those visa issues occur. Move all the huge events to Europe, all problems solved.
2018-05-10 10:56
Navi played so well at IEM in Sydney...
2018-05-10 11:28
#187
Ukraine bia 
NaVi btw got visas to Australia, but on Monday. Although their airplane left on weekend.
2018-05-10 13:48
#7
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Europe nip_fanboy 
rip :(
2018-05-09 20:13
who?
2018-05-09 20:13
The best Turkish player
2018-05-09 20:14
xantares?
2018-05-09 20:14
No not onlintares he is an awper who is good both online and offline!!
2018-05-09 20:15
He means means best Turkish awper... But yea he's pretty insane...
2018-05-09 20:27
No I meant player
2018-05-10 03:40
#10
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Denmark clutchkongen 
Hahaha I knew it! xD
2018-05-09 20:13
Why thiz alwayz happenz to woxic :'(
2018-05-09 20:14
Cuz Turkish :(
2018-05-09 20:14
#52
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United States hltvconfirmed 
Mr Trump
2018-05-09 20:19
#64
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United States pzez 
Literally almost ALL of space soldiers is turkish...
2018-05-09 20:23
They missed one and then took 10yr avaible visa XD
2018-05-09 20:26
#76
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United States pzez 
So has nothing to do with being turkish. He must have something wrong with his visa, or issues he's had in the past.
2018-05-09 20:27
#94
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Turkey Thunderball 
no man ss players took their visa before the turkey-usa problem .anyone could take visa from usa easily back then if your reason to visit is decent.but its hard to find appoinment in a short notice right now , so he applied from ukraine but didnt take it anyway..
2018-05-09 20:37
They get visa before problems with USA started. Fans were worried after first visa crysis with USA but Space Soldier's announced that they already have 10 year vaild visa.
2018-05-09 20:37
#105
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United States pzez 
I mean it should be pretty clear that the guy is a professional gamer. He's all over the internet, and isn't some undercover terrorist plot or something. It's sort of bullshit, but I guess we can't really do anything. Sucks!
2018-05-09 20:47
#118
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Brazil jebson 
Your country is racist in terms of visa and no one in the scene talks about it. As you said it should be clear that he is a known gamer, so he could get a visa with no problem, but this shit happens everytime(2 times or more with woxic) and no one say a damn thing to contest even on twitter. They just "oh, thats unfortunatly". Duuude, imagine the struggle for them to fight 3 months for a LAN tournament, qualify, then get denied cause of a freaking ~racist government~ visa
2018-05-09 21:08
#119
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Brazil jebson 
That wasnt a post against you, buddy. Just as a reminder hahahah <3
2018-05-09 21:10
#127
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United States pzez 
Understandable for you to think that, but they are in a massive transition of power still. On top of that they are overhauling the whole system, and the current office is trying to make it more individual based - Rather than merit, or country based.
2018-05-09 21:24
Not every muslim is a terrorist, but every terrorist is a muslim. The less of those religious freaks in my country the better. Esports is not yet being accepted as a “serious” thing, thats why players still get declined.
2018-05-09 23:09
Ever heard of the IRA or the LQF bud?
2018-05-10 03:55
Depends on the context
2018-05-10 06:14
#13
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Serbia VuleKindeR 
AMERICA TOURNAMENTS LUL
2018-05-09 20:14
North America sucker
2018-05-09 21:04
#14
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Portugal dracø 
again and again and again
2018-05-09 20:14
FeelsBad for toxic :(
2018-05-09 20:14
expected, turkish people= terrorists apparently :DD:D...
2018-05-09 20:14
#70
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Hungary Shaperz 
It's true though
2018-05-09 20:26
I hope you're joking.
2018-05-09 20:28
#79
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Hungary Shaperz 
Nah, have you even seen Turkish people? They all carry c4 attached to them loooool
2018-05-09 20:29
Is it the same with Hungarian people? Please enlighten me.
2018-05-09 20:31
#85
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Hungary Shaperz 
No why? Hungarian people are humanoids
2018-05-09 20:32
I HAVE BEEN ENLIGHTENED. ALL HUNGARIAN PEOPLE ARE ALIENS AHHHH
2018-05-09 20:33
LOL.😂
2018-05-09 20:38
#166
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Hungary Shaperz 
what a comeback !
2018-05-10 10:50
wait isnt hungarian origins are from turkish asians that went to europe
2018-05-09 22:11
Yes, they are hunni
2018-05-10 06:26
#167
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Hungary Shaperz 
turkish asians?? do you even hear yourself? xD yes apparently we are from asia but nothing to do with dirty terrorists
2018-05-10 10:51
#188
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Kazakhstan TimaTea 
good history classes dude
2018-05-10 13:53
#189
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Hungary Shaperz 
Oh sorry, I'm sure you know more about the Hungarian history than me, I keep forgetting that hltv is full of historians
2018-05-10 14:27
You must be retarded.
2018-05-10 11:00
#170
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Hungary Shaperz 
ty
2018-05-10 11:00
Or just dont have money to travel there and see how they live. If people would judge hungary from what they do now in Budapest, you would be terrorists aswell
2018-05-10 11:02
#173
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Hungary Shaperz 
and you are homeless because slovakia is Northern Hungary
2018-05-10 11:03
ez igy van ! :)
2018-05-10 15:11
#19
SZPERO | 
Poland svDawid 
friberg will play?
2018-05-09 20:14
#20
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Ukraine minemax 
OMG, this sucks...
2018-05-09 20:14
FeelsBadMan, w0xic doesn't deserve for rekt. Have a nice day. ---------------------------------------------- Twitter: @ManelosCFT Mail: ManelosCFT@hotmail.com
2018-05-09 20:14
Why always the turks?
2018-05-09 20:14
recent politics ofc
2018-05-09 20:16
#46
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United States Prattatat 
Much thanks Erdogan!
2018-05-09 20:18
because of erdogan
2018-05-09 20:26
#97
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Turkey Thunderball 
rte and his politics with the usa
2018-05-09 20:39
Sad.
2018-05-09 20:15
OMEGALUL OMEGALUL OMEGALUL OMEGALUL OMEGALUL OMEGALUL OMEGALUL OMEGALUL OMEGALUL OMEGALUL OMEGALUL OMEGALUL OMEGALUL OMEGALUL OMEGALUL OMEGALUL OMEGALUL OMEGALUL OMEGALUL OMEGALUL OMEGALUL OMEGALUL OMEGALUL OMEGALUL OMEGALUL OMEGALUL OMEGALUL OMEGALUL OMEGALUL OMEGALUL OMEGALUL OMEGALUL OMEGALUL OMEGALUL OMEGALUL OMEGALUL nt w OMEGALUL xic
2018-05-09 20:17
#26
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Brazil BuddyINSANE 
Really? come on ESL, why can not you help? We smart, we loyal, we friendly, we are from BRAZIL! Kreygasm
2018-05-09 20:15
#53
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Denmark TurboHenning 
nt fallenzera
2018-05-09 20:19
#57
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Brazil BuddyINSANE 
thank you, we appreciate that!
2018-05-09 20:21
Should have just gotten a sub or had their coach play.
2018-05-09 20:15
they would just waste the time, now they can practice more
2018-05-09 20:22
they didn't want to do that, tweet says it
2018-05-09 20:32
#28
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Moldova OptimusBlyad 
FAK I THOUGHT WOXIC WOULD GET VISA FROM UKRAINE
2018-05-09 20:15
#30
shox | 
Vietnam buai 
wtf ???
2018-05-09 20:15
gj erdogan
2018-05-09 20:16
SAD :((
2018-05-09 20:16
Expected from Erdogan
2018-05-09 20:16
#36
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Belarus SalkKko 
O shit, not good
2018-05-09 20:16
NOOOO
2018-05-09 20:16
#38
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Hungary stretchelold 
Brainfuck
2018-05-09 20:16
#39
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France MIK120 
despite multiple attempts? wtf r u doing mr. trump, stahp
2018-05-09 20:17
WTF COME ON thank you erdogan...
2018-05-09 20:17
ez godberg
2018-05-09 20:17
#42
Lithuania LuXe 
Lol @non ES players, always have visa issues. After all that drama and joy on the last match now this
2018-05-09 20:17
#43
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Ukraine EarthAintFlat 
nooo, sad for woxic :((((
2018-05-09 20:17
They pulled out because they knew they had no chance without him.
2018-05-09 20:17
#45
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Poland kvvach 
stupid burgers ruins show once again
2018-05-09 20:17
GOD DAMNIT!
2018-05-09 20:18
#48
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United States hltvconfirmed 
Thanks Trump
2018-05-09 20:18
#49
byali | 
Japan KasPro 
Ez
2018-05-09 20:18
#50
Ninjas | 
Luxembourg xdxdasd 
GG
2018-05-09 20:18
XDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDD
2018-05-09 20:19
unluko maluko for best mixed team
2018-05-09 20:19
thanks erdogan
2018-05-09 20:20
thanks erdogan
2018-05-09 20:23
#56
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Russia Nikosimus 
Will friberg play?
2018-05-09 20:20
Kinda sad for turkeys, but you voted for him... o_O
2018-05-09 20:22
i hate erdogan with a passion so pls gtfo with this shit 10iq statement
2018-05-10 07:37
#59
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Slovakia GUZU 
Always fucking woxic....
2018-05-09 20:22
#72
woxic | 
Turkey EPHESUS 
its not woxic fault
2018-05-09 20:27
#61
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Belgium HLTVnewfag 
xd feelsbadman
2018-05-09 20:23
work hard to take a part on an event and miss lots of tournaments due to visa issues thanks erdogan
2018-05-09 20:23
#66
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Hungary saxxo 
And trump
2018-05-09 20:26
#65
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Europe An0n0n 
Maybe Woxic has a criminal history? Hellraisers should kick him if they can't travel to any LAN.
2018-05-09 20:25
#75
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United Kingdom XNL 
Nah, it's just America being America.
2018-05-09 20:27
"Unfortunately I won't be able to apply for US visa from TR again. Right now,it's not possible to make an appointment before June 13th, which I need to get the visa within 15 days.I will go to Ukraine and apply over there, hopefully,I won't miss another tournament because of visa."
2018-05-09 20:30
Fucking visa issues, so many teams suffered bc of this
2018-05-09 20:26
thanks erdogan now at least epl wont be bombed
2018-05-09 20:27
Didn't even want to use a stand-in? Shame ez for Heroic the stand-in team
2018-05-09 20:27
Unluko
2018-05-09 20:29
unluko maluko
2018-05-09 20:30
Man fuck usa tourneys
2018-05-09 20:32
Hr w/o woxic is shit anyways
2018-05-09 20:33
#88
Styx | 
Turkey Styyx 
Don't wanted Nice englando
2018-05-09 20:34
#89
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United States NoriZ 
Oh, ffs...
2018-05-09 20:35
Oh, common man, wtf :(
2018-05-09 20:35
Stop having tournaments in a country that bans people from every country east of Poland. It's basically limiting the competition. Now we don't know if HR could've showed more of their current line up on LAN. Fuck this.
2018-05-09 20:36
This..
2018-05-09 20:54
+1
2018-05-10 13:13
Sad for the best awper :(((
2018-05-09 20:36
ROFL xD
2018-05-09 20:38
#98
Friis | 
Canada uhJake 
HAPPIEST DAY EVER FINALLY HEROIC ON LAN. WHO WILL THEY FIELD?!? All hype
2018-05-09 20:38
Wasted spot
2018-05-09 20:40
wow i really like HR
2018-05-09 20:40
rofl
2018-05-09 20:40
I was sure that it will be ISSAA who prohibited to entry to US, unexpected!
2018-05-09 20:42
rip
2018-05-09 20:43
#106
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Portugal GoDtK 
Visa Issues Visa Issues Visa Issues Visa Issues affff USA it's still so racist in 2018 ffs! DreamHack and ESL pls stop make events in US pls, they're racists as fck, they don't deserve our presence over there. Comeback to only EU events, no Visa Issues anymore.
2018-05-09 20:48
#112
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Romania Cuntstantin 
god damn...
2018-05-09 21:02
#115
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Sweden Rexz 
ez NiP
2018-05-09 21:07
Say thank you to Donnie Trumpet
2018-05-09 21:07
#122
roman | 
Palestine ndr[o] 
this pisses me off... to hell with petty politics
2018-05-09 21:14
#123
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Finland Vkims 
Just realized friberg will be in dallas XD
2018-05-09 21:17
Visa issues top1
2018-05-09 21:17
visa issues, haha good one woxic. fucking onliner
2018-05-09 21:19
onlineroic lucky again :xD
2018-05-09 22:02
how can a kid not visit another country. visa issues my ass, all the visa issues recently and from last year dont make sense at all.
2018-05-09 22:04
#136
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Portugal nakbarone 
Why do they still host tournaments in NA? LULZ
2018-05-09 22:37
#138
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Turkey darknight53 
I am sorry about another players of hr . Five player definitely deserved
2018-05-09 22:40
#139
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United States gtmaniacmda 
maybe he should stop banning Kurdistan supporters in his Twitch chat!
2018-05-09 22:53
Aw woxic im so sorry :/ :(
2018-05-09 23:41
#144
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United States SmokaDaWeEDs 
That sucks. Relocate broski
2018-05-09 23:58
Fucking pathetic. But wcyd
2018-05-10 01:01
gj murica...like always.
2018-05-10 01:40
Dont blame murica for this blame E-Sport in general since its not an official sport and players dont get a athlete visa or have you ever seen a professional football player not attending a tournament because of visa issues?
2018-05-10 02:34
#158
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Brazil Seleskva 
Players do get an athlete visa.
2018-05-10 07:34
They do get an athlete visa.
2018-05-10 11:21
#150
ScreaM | 
Pakistan FreakC 
It is US what do you expect?
2018-05-10 03:57
erdogan pls
2018-05-10 04:27
#152
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Russia RoneEZ 
Sad(
2018-05-10 06:12
#160
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Italy CHEBBOxxx 
donald trump country nuff said
2018-05-10 07:57
#161
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Kazakhstan TimaTea 
This is America
2018-05-10 09:29
Replace this guy asap? And don't get Turks again.. wtf are they thinking at HR side ?
2018-05-10 11:02
#174
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Turkey Thunderball 
HR is nothing without woxic LUL
2018-05-10 11:04
HR is nothing with him They can't even attend tournament so they have ZERO chances with him. They literally have more chances with EVERY OTHER PLAYER THAT IS NOT WOXIC. LUL
2018-05-10 11:11
#176
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Turkey Thunderball 
they can not attend tournaments which is located in usa .. they have no problems with the others which most of are playing at the europe
2018-05-10 11:14
E league had tournaments in Boston as well so if you cant even attend all majors or all tournaments you are much better of getting another member. Even is that member is worse than him.
2018-05-10 12:01
thats sad for him :(
2018-05-10 11:32
watch out America, woxic is coming he will bomb your whole shitty country lul
2018-05-10 11:54
Ok so we get a utter shit heroic with half of the team gone instand of fnatic just because of stupid point rule, sometimes its better to use your brain than applying stupid rules when they dont make any sense in this situation
2018-05-10 12:14
#191
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Australia c0meatm3_Bro 
so if Astralis come last and Envy come in the last spot for finals and cant go they should invite Astralis before all the teams that come ahead of them just because they are a better team on paper? lmfao that in itself doesn't make and sense. its Fnatics fault for coming below Heroic and even if Heroic couldn't go it would be North and then G2 getting the next invites before Fnatic because its the logical thing to do, you invite down the standings not just pick the best rated team, Fnatic should have won more matches its as simple as that and not stupid at all.
2018-05-10 15:38
The point is that online CS is utter shit anyway, online results dont imply to LAN at all most of the time, + heroic has changed more than half of the lineup in the season and they dont even have a fifth player so they need to get friburger, And yes of course it would be logical to invite a team like astralis instand of shitvyus or teams that wouldnt do a shit on LAN, even if they were last on an online league as irrelevant as this it would be legit to invite them over teams that nobody gives a shit about and that wont even make it out of groups
2018-05-10 15:48
#215
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Australia c0meatm3_Bro 
whats the point in having the league then? it wouldn't at all be logical to invite the bottom of the ladder team over a team that performed better then them for the whole League, it defeats the whole purpose of having the league and a ladder. its like a football world cup being played and Germany coming bottom of there group and some team nobody gives a fuck about like Australia coming top and Fifa going yeah nah actually sorry but Germany are world number 1 atm so sorry Australia even though you come first you aren't going to the playoffs Germany is instead. if you have a league you must invite downwards or it defeats the purpose of having the league in the first place.
2018-05-10 19:48
FeelsBadMan
2018-05-10 13:12
#193
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Turkey srtn16 
if you dont come space soldiers you watch the big events on twitch xD
2018-05-10 16:07
#194
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Austria gex0r 
damn american events!!!
2018-05-10 17:00
#212
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Canada PwnNewb 
is the clickbait? "Hellraisers pull out..." it sounds like some porno title wtf..."Hellraisers pull out, but not before they made a sloppy creampie inside her at the HR annual team gangbang"
2018-05-10 19:04
....................... and that shit heroic instead.
2018-05-11 16:40
#218
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Denmark PPlys 
The Danes are taking over the world!
2018-05-12 09:50
#219
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Dominican Republic Rhy7hM 
Lul
2018-05-14 22:51
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