Visa issues keep GuardiaN out of StarSeries Season 7 day one

FaZe player Ladislav "⁠GuardiaN⁠" Kovács will not be able to play on the first day of StarSeries i-League Season 7 due to visa issues, HLTV.org has learned.

Team coach Janko "⁠YNk⁠" Paunović will be entering the server for the opening clash against paiN, with the Slovakian AWPer expected to arrive in Shanghai on Sunday morning, in time for FaZe's second match of the tournament.

GuardiaN has been a vital part of FaZe this year, earning an MVP medal at the ELEAGUE CS:GO Invitational for his role in the team's title-winning campaign in Atlanta.

GuardiaN will not take part in FaZe's first match in Shanghai

Tsvetelin "⁠CeRq⁠" Dimitrov was also at risk of missing StarSeries before NRG announced on Wednesday that the Bulgarian's visa application process had finally been accepted by Chinese authorities.

StarSeries i-League Season 7 will run from March 30 through April 7 with $500,000 on the line. FaZe are regarded as one of the favourites for the tournament, where they could face six other top 10 teams: ENCE, Natus Vincere, NiP, Renegades, North and Vitality.

Serbia Janko 'YNk' Paunović
Janko 'YNk' Paunović
Age:
28
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.97
Maps played:
117
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.70
APR:
0.13
Bulgaria Tsvetelin 'CeRq' Dimitrov
Tsvetelin 'CeRq' Dimitrov
Age:
20
Rating 1.0:
1.13
Maps played:
1008
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.62
APR:
0.10
Slovakia Ladislav 'GuardiaN' Kovács
Ladislav 'GuardiaN' Kovács
Age:
29
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.12
Maps played:
1487
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.62
APR:
0.11
F
2019-03-28 20:03
F(at)
2019-03-28 20:04
Lol
2019-03-28 21:33
Lul
2019-03-28 20:03
rip lol
2019-03-28 20:04
#10
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Italy Fil0Nerd
ULTRA RIP
2019-03-28 20:04
Extreme RIP
2019-03-30 05:08
NICE!
2019-03-28 20:04
#69
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Brazil xMoita
Flair checks out
2019-03-28 20:08
ynk also plays cs go frequently, i remember when he practice with coldzera and play some pugs, i think faze still will win.
2019-03-28 20:32
Unlucky it's main awp missing. That causes quite bit more role shuffle so they probably have to go full pug mode.
2019-03-28 22:58
ynk igl NIKO awp
2019-03-28 23:52
guardian was actually kicked and ynk is making a return to pro play
2019-03-29 01:12
+1
2019-03-29 03:08
XD
2019-03-29 07:21
ez PAIN
2019-03-28 20:04
SHIT EVENT
2019-03-28 20:04
XD
2019-03-28 20:04
rip fantasy rosters
2019-03-28 20:04
Xd
2019-03-28 20:04
#43
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Tunisia Respecc
+1
2019-03-28 20:05
yep, there go my points
2019-03-28 20:08
+1
2019-03-28 20:36
+1 i picked GuardiaN in private league
2019-03-28 22:41
everybody picked guardian in the non draft leagues because he was super cheap due to his recent form.
2019-03-28 22:41
#17
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Myanmar xdcc
Events in China 😂
2019-03-28 20:04
#123
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India Nisarg98
Like seriously wtf
2019-03-28 20:46
#204
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Hong Kong Silver6
Said someone from India......
2019-03-29 02:29
#250
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India Nisarg98
LUL
2019-03-29 14:11
#138
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United States Bochanka
Fuck this why do we even allow them to host?
2019-03-28 21:24
NA should host all the events USA USA USA USA USA
2019-03-28 22:41
Flag checks out. USA and visa issues, name more iconic duo.
2019-03-28 23:03
Nt
2019-03-28 23:19
First event in China? Visa issues happened mostly in USA
2019-03-28 23:46
Money money money! Gaben loves money!
2019-03-28 23:59
#265
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United States Bochanka
+1
2019-03-29 18:30
Even no events in ur country :(
2019-03-29 01:46
#18
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China KoreanFan
NOO :((
2019-03-28 20:04
Fuck dis
2019-03-28 20:04
#20
fer | 
North America pureGOD
cannot fit into the airplane lmao
2019-03-28 20:04
#42
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Europe BLYATMANN
lmao xd
2019-03-28 20:05
u made my day bro
2019-03-28 20:05
#78
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Germany Sabba1
lol
2019-03-28 20:10
lol where is Oscar xddd
2019-03-28 20:31
#116
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Europe dafuq1337
probably in the gym
2019-03-28 20:38
#152
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Costa Rica fpsdawg
LAAAAAAAAAAAAAWLL DUDE
2019-03-28 21:35
lmao nice one prokda
2019-03-28 22:41
hes not prokda wtf
2019-03-30 01:42
xd lmao fmao kill me fastmao
2019-03-29 00:10
+1
2019-04-02 09:57
#21
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Liechtenstein preimz
ez paiN
2019-03-28 20:04
lul what
2019-03-28 20:04
xaxaxaxaxa
2019-03-28 20:04
holy fuck
2019-03-28 20:04
#28
alex | 
Spain GonGon
Fakin Ladislav cyka Kovac
2019-03-28 20:04
OMEGALUL
2019-03-28 20:04
Pro-csgo, Visa-issues, ayyy lmaooooooooooo, joke
2019-03-28 20:04
Fantasy? Mirra give me answer
2019-03-28 20:04
My fantasy roster wtf
2019-03-28 20:05
u can pick ynk if you want xaxaxaxaxaxaaa
2019-03-28 20:05
Lmaooo “main awp”
2019-03-28 20:14
People sleepin on ynk. smh
2019-03-28 20:52
#33
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Czech Republic mitsorubi
rip fantasy picks
2019-03-28 20:05
omegalul
2019-03-28 20:05
#35
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Europe artilele
EZ PAIN LUL
2019-03-28 20:05
#36
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United States jgiddss
Wow China isn't letting anyone in
2019-03-28 20:05
Yes cuz when u see sth u will say that wow this is China 2 Standards
2019-03-29 01:48
#270
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United States jgiddss
What?
2019-03-29 19:45
nothing :) Just notice that dont look at different things with different points
2019-03-30 16:19
#37
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Brazil diixon
Lets go PAIN
2019-03-28 20:05
visa issues in 2k19
2019-03-28 20:05
ez 4 cajunb
2019-03-28 20:05
Ughhhhhhhhhhh They play shit teams the first days, lets hope that NiKo can do the work alone and at day 3 GuardiaN can recover from the jetlag and play Faking China, man
2019-03-28 20:05
It's not seeded swiss system, unlike major, so they can face top team every round if being unlucky.
2019-03-28 23:06
First round yes, and i believe guardian will be there on second day (If Noone in FaZe shows up, then i believe they have a chance to loose) i expect TyLoo or RNG on 2nd day, 2nd day He will be jetlagged, and third day, he will be perfectly fine
2019-03-28 23:09
#44
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United States Spageti
omg i literally just picked him for my fantasy team
2019-03-28 20:05
#135
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Finland mattixboi
nice
2019-03-28 21:11
noooooooooooo wtffffffffffffffff
2019-03-28 20:05
#47
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Finland EdiEz
Fak
2019-03-28 20:05
#48
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United States Artifactz
So YNK playing?
2019-03-28 20:05
How about you learn to read?
2019-03-28 20:27
Team coach Janko "YNk" Paunović will be entering the server for the opening clash against paiN, LOL
2019-03-28 20:05
Ynk is (was) actually a God back in the day
2019-03-28 20:06
#125
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Indonesia v1ctin
Wtf he was never a good fragger..
2019-03-28 20:50
NOOOO I picked CeRq. Please dont let me down
2019-03-28 20:05
What a nosense
2019-03-28 20:05
#56
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France J0riS
RIP Fantasy picks
2019-03-28 20:05
#57
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Finland Vkims
So now ynk is IGL and Niko unleashed?
2019-03-28 20:05
Yup, unleashed... on main awp
2019-03-28 20:28
#105
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Finland Vkims
So we have to expect fast 2-0 for faze and niko dropping 30 bombs in both maps
2019-03-28 20:30
NiKo on awp doesn't sound much worse tbh, since he doesn't have to IGL, so 30 bombs are mega possible lmao... the round difference will be ridiculous after this! YNk mvp
2019-03-28 20:33
sad news
2019-03-28 20:06
#59
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France Azowel
LUL
2019-03-28 20:06
Faze Smooya stand in
2019-03-28 20:06
hahaahha and how the fuck u pick guardian for your fantasy team?
2019-03-28 20:06
ahhahahahahahah rip already dead team, no one will cry pls disband jahajjajaahhahahah xaxaxaxa 😎😎😎
2019-03-28 20:06
#64
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Russia cardinaL_
janko POGGERS
2019-03-28 20:06
Should still be easy for FaZe
2019-03-28 20:07
ez4ynk
2019-03-28 20:07
#68
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Brazil igster
PAIN IS ACTUALLY GOING TO WIN THIS OMEGALUL
2019-03-28 20:07
aye they against pain theyll win anyways
2019-03-28 20:08
Fantasy League cracked down.
2019-03-28 20:08
#72
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Pakistan XtraticX
Oh! That's not fair. But only 1st match, it means faze starting would be bad
2019-03-28 20:08
axaxaxaxaxaxaxa All those who chose GuardiaN in fantasy axaxaxaxa
2019-03-28 20:08
Oh Guardian bye bye
2019-03-28 20:09
Rekt
2019-03-28 20:11
we just did the draw.
2019-03-28 20:12
YNk and NIKO's duo = olof and krimz
2019-03-28 20:14
Exactly
2019-03-29 03:11
But both Olof and Krimz are much better than YNk.
2019-03-29 10:56
Pain still gonna loose, so no difference hahaha
2019-03-28 20:14
It's like top 5 vs top 200
2019-03-29 13:38
#86
niko | 
Denmark ilnert
the fuck
2019-03-28 20:14
#87
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Sweden ThorinEk
YNK God will make FAze win the tournament
2019-03-28 20:15
#88
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Spain elskio
Wtf lul
2019-03-28 20:16
#89
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Czech Republic PaYaB
Yes, keep hosting events in China, keep getting these issues...
2019-03-28 20:16
#90
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Croatia Netkov
tier2 event
2019-03-28 20:16
#91
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Norway Alexed
Ez 4v5
2019-03-28 20:17
a coach a manager
2019-03-28 20:17
LET US CHANGE OUR FANTASY TEAM
2019-03-28 20:18
#95
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Argentina jturi
+ JonY BoY
2019-03-28 20:18
Rip fantasy
2019-03-28 20:19
#97
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United States FlagMaster
Ynk poggers
2019-03-28 20:19
at least against Pain only
2019-03-28 20:20
Rip fantasy
2019-03-28 20:25
Fakin bish
2019-03-28 20:27
wanko lul
2019-03-28 20:29
ez 4 ynk top fragger
2019-03-28 20:30
+1
2019-03-28 20:45
#110
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Poland Blindilek
+PashaBiceps :)
2019-03-28 20:33
#111
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Brazil lullaby1
2019-03-28 20:33
#112
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Netherlands itsm
Ynk will carry faze
2019-03-28 20:34
#113
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Poland bakusiell
Fucking visa problems jesus
2019-03-28 20:35
#145
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United States Bochanka
I mean it’s china XDXD
2019-03-28 21:28
#117
NiKo | 
Europe trey_
r i p
2019-03-28 20:39
#120
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United States NoteStars
Hosting events in China LUL
2019-03-28 20:45
#143
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United States Bochanka
+1
2019-03-28 21:27
Let's goooooooo Jankooooo
2019-03-28 20:45
Good for Olof pickers
2019-03-28 20:45
#124
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Finland DespeQ
Unlucko
2019-03-28 20:48
YNk>GuardiaN
2019-03-28 20:52
😭 Why? F*ck them #FaZeUp
2019-03-28 20:56
#142
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United States Bochanka
Seriously fuck china
2019-03-28 21:27
#196
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Canada puzzle925
fuck you idiot
2019-03-29 01:38
#266
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United States Bochanka
What the fuck is wrong with you? Fucking Canadians, my god you guys aren’t nice at all.
2019-03-29 18:39
#267
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United States Bochanka
Y’all always gotta fight over something. Little sensitive baby’s up north.
2019-03-29 18:39
#130
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Brazil SHEFE
What about my fantasy
2019-03-28 20:59
#141
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United States Bochanka
Idk I have guardian too
2019-03-28 21:26
ez 4 YNk
2019-03-28 21:00
#133
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Brazil Seleskva
"where they could face five other top 10 teams: ENCE, Natus Vincere, NiP, Renegades and North." I guess you forgot someone :D
2019-03-28 21:08
freudian slip cuz future rank 30 ;)
2019-03-28 21:12
#158
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Brazil Seleskva
LOL he edited to add vitality but still didn't realize mibr is missing on the list
2019-03-28 21:55
#134
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France Uexo
AHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA CHINESE EVENT LIKE ALWAYS
2019-03-28 21:10
#140
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United States Bochanka
I’m just shaking my head man. Like fuck China
2019-03-28 21:25
#139
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United States Bochanka
Fuck China.
2019-03-28 21:25
Oh yeah cause it's not like players have had visa issues here in the US or anything .
2019-03-28 21:31
#150
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United States Bochanka
Not as bad as China XDXD
2019-03-28 21:34
Actually maybe worse.
2019-03-28 21:35
Indeed. Splyce 😂 They got free invite to Columbus major because 2 Asian teams got denied visas.
2019-03-28 23:25
Not even close
2019-03-29 05:13
#198
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Canada puzzle925
retard
2019-03-29 01:40
#268
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United States Bochanka
Wow your under all my comment calling me a retard how Fucking mature. Go back to your hole up north kid.
2019-03-29 18:40
#144
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Other Phinks
Da fack?
2019-03-28 21:28
uahahahahaahh awesome
2019-03-28 21:29
Wouldn't it be better to just play 4 v 5 instead of letting ynk on the server?
2019-03-28 21:31
#153
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Denmark pistolen
FaZe not prepared as always
2019-03-28 21:45
since when you need visa to go to China lol
2019-03-28 21:49
Lol ynK gonna top1 the server, he is god
2019-03-28 21:50
RIP fantasy LULW
2019-03-28 21:51
#157
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Italy Fil0Nerd
Wasn't it easier to host it in Kiev like it always been??? Why would you go to Shanghai with all this problems...
2019-03-28 21:54
LUL
2019-03-28 21:58
This is why all events should be held in a reasonable country like the United States.
2019-03-28 22:01
KK
2019-03-28 22:04
#202
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China FFLin
US also has visa problems, Tyloo forfeited ELeague Major cuz Bntet couldn' t get the visa. Same
2019-03-29 02:00
People only have visa problems in US if they have shady past or coming from a place linked to terroism. It’s perfect here sorry
2019-03-29 02:27
Maybe its cause Guardian looks like a fat white ugly neckbeard with big belly who claims to want to enter China to play video games? in China there are too many Slav immigrants working in poor labour. authorities have every right to stop him
2019-03-29 03:35
I was just trolling no need to attack someone because of their looks gosh you’re just rude
2019-03-29 04:10
Nothing compared to the constant racism towards Asians on this site
2019-03-29 04:56
You’re right that makes it ok for you to continue the cycle of hate!! Completely justified! Unless someone was mean to them first because then they are just you so hmm
2019-03-29 12:37
zzZZzzZZz
2019-03-28 22:05
Damn, have so much invested in Faze winning 2-0 but i guess there still is a shoot.
2019-03-28 22:18
Pain struggle deeply in the south American region faze should be fine.
2019-03-29 07:26
#166
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CIS sergioff
ez 4 ynk
2019-03-28 22:18
#169
nhl | 
Argentina legyY
Pain stomp ynk LUL
2019-03-28 22:24
#174
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African Union mikecool
Time for Yanko to finally show his skills, lolz
2019-03-28 22:42
mibr not top10? hahahhahaha
2019-03-28 22:58
yeah hltv confirmed
2019-03-30 07:02
#181
Luken | 
Sweden fxzo
Well this is an opportunity to PaiN
2019-03-28 23:09
Lol
2019-03-28 23:54
POOR LADISLAV Faze will still win when the OG Kovacs arrives to save them from t5 teams
2019-03-29 00:18
how to change him in my fantasy lineup ?
2019-03-29 01:14
other 7 top 10 times no 6. do not forget to mibr your ass
2019-03-29 01:19
other 7 top 10 times no 6. do not forget to mibr your ass
2019-03-29 07:25
"one of the favourites" #FAZELUL
2019-03-29 01:37
#197
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Brazil P4uloVisk
Bot YNK is coming
2019-03-29 01:38
Chinese government making faze lose for ez odds on paiN
2019-03-29 03:12
#211
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Finland Teukkasd
who will be replacing him?
2019-03-29 03:27
Ynk
2019-03-29 07:24
#244
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Finland Teukkasd
thanks
2019-03-29 12:36
#214
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Ukraine Lynchsob
Chinese afraid that fatties will eat their people OMEGALUL
2019-03-29 03:35
Asian teams usually miss the entire event due to visas this guy misses 1 day and already crying? :))
2019-03-29 03:37
#222
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China FFLin
+1
2019-03-29 05:39
??? The only who is crying are people, who picked him in the Fantasy league LUL
2019-03-29 21:53
f*** the money, why they still send tournament to there...
2019-03-29 04:04
Heroes usually comes later
2019-03-29 04:08
#220
RpK | 
India tRuDz
May, the force [YNK] with You [FazE]
2019-03-29 05:09
now ez4pain because godian cant carry lul
2019-03-29 07:29
This could actually be better since ynk will igl LUL wasn't that bad as a player too. I mean not great but yanno.
2019-03-29 07:43
finally faze will have a proper igl in game
2019-03-29 09:19
VISA issues in 2k19 LUL it's pro CS:GO players cmon... are they drug dealers or what? why no VISA is so common problem for CS:GO pros
2019-03-29 10:43
#241
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United States Firetruck
It's the players who are too dumb to apply for the Visa. They just need to apply a few days before depature and that's it. (I have been dealing with Visas for years now) If they pay a few dollars for a concierge service they help you with this and know exactly how to speed up the process.
2019-03-29 11:25
So it was completely GuardiaN's and FaZe's fault?
2019-03-29 11:37
#249
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China angle409
You know you need to submit application and documents in advance to get Visa from any country, right? Csgo players have many issues with Visa mainly because they have low IQ in life and don't know anything outside the game.
2019-03-29 13:50
That's why I'm pretty sure that players' organizations and roster managers must do this work for players. Players must just focus on the game and healthy lifestyle if they wanna success.
2019-03-29 14:46
-Living in US -Visa troubles Pick 0
2019-03-29 15:40
first time I've ever heard Visa issues from Slovakia ... well China has to be first obviously
2019-03-29 14:14
"China Numba One!" (C) Edward youtube.com/watch?v=gejwxEucg6A
2019-03-29 14:47
#258
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China angle409
lul
2019-03-29 15:46
#255
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India Smauxx
YNK will IGL. JK.
2019-03-29 15:26
#257
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China teguP
takes like 4 days to get a visa omegalul
2019-03-29 15:41
i think faze can be better with ynk than with guardian.... ynk take role igl .. free niko.... niko >>> niko (igl), guardian
2019-03-29 17:42
yeah, but... niko (igl) > ynk (igl) ( (in terms of aiming) ) You forgot about that in your formula.
2019-03-29 19:51
#263
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Liechtenstein Trowdmax
unloko tier90 country
2019-03-29 18:03
everyone going crazy, it´s just the first day
2019-03-29 18:12
#278
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Brazil Leexo
suka
2019-03-30 02:24
sheeet, poor niko. he needs new team niko + cold + guardian + shoxie + xantares
2019-03-30 03:36
Atleast now ynk can talk during rounds which should play to their advantage even though hes a huge downgrade in skill
2019-03-30 04:34
*upgrade Guardian ladislav is so overrated
2019-03-30 07:22
doesn't matter it's only fight for 2nd place cause you already know who is gonna win
2019-03-30 10:46
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