Gratisfaction: "I cannot go to the States; there are a couple of competitions coming up that I cannot play"

Renegades' AWPer Sean "Gratisfaction" Kaiwai talked about visa issues and how they hampered and will continue to hamper his team going forward.

As one of the top ten teams at IEM Sydney and with the fans at the event expecting them to do well, Renegades arrived back home with added pressure to perform. However, visa issues have hampered their practice, in one way or another, ever since the Major ended, and that was felt at the tournament.

The AWPer will miss out on even more action due to visa issues

Renegades were eliminated swiftly, only beating MVP PK and losing to NiP and mousesports, which saw them finishing 9-12th. In our exit interview with Gratisfaction, we heard that he still hasn't sorted out his visa for the United States, which will most likely see Renegades use a stand-in at ESL Pro League and cs_summit.

You have not been together for some time due to visa issues, so before IEM Sydney, when was the last time you sat down together and practiced?

Man... I guess it was in China, at StarLadder S7, we had a bit of practice there. And then we had a bit of a break because we had a lot of travel and tournament days. So some time during StarLadder was the last time.

Obviously, IEM Sydney is big for you, but at the same time, having in mind that practice had been pretty rough, even before Shanghai, staying in Poland... What were you thinking you could do here?

I think, despite a lack of good, quality practice, because in Toronto I had a high ping every night because the place I was staying at just doesn't have good routing or something. So despite the poor practice, we still thought we were going to make the finals or perhaps even win this event, just because we've been playing really well, and the teams here, we thought we could beat them quite easily. We were cocky... and it didn't pay off. [laughs]

You were actually in Canada, practicing from Toronto?

Yeah, we were just in an Airbnb, holed up, and we had a PC we hired up from INTZ, the Brazilian team, and were just practicing there and chilling for a bit.

What do you think went wrong at IEM Sydney?

I think it was a combination of things. I had a terrible travel day before I got here, I got flights canceled and stuff, ended up being like 55 hours of travel, got here the day we were playing so I was super jetlagged. And then I guess just expectations, that put a lot of pressure on everyone because we were here for friends and family and everyone wanted to do well for them. I think it just toppled on us.

Before you joined Renegades they were never a top 10 team, never really in the position to win tournaments. Is that something you are learning to deal with now?

I don't think that when we are looking to win competitions that it changes our outlook on the game, I thought IEM Sydney was just different because of all the other factors, family, friends and stuff, not wanting to let any of them down. That probably just compounded the feeling of pressure that we usually get and made it a little worse.

The issues that you had, and now this tournament not going that well, did it take away from your chance to build on the Major and StarSeries hype? Is that a frustrating thing for you right now?

Obviously there is going to be people who are going to see it as we fluked the Major, but I think this was just a one-off and we will be back on track as soon as I get my visa.

So what is the plan going forward?

Obviously to get the visa. [laughs] I can't go to the States basically so there are a couple of competitions coming up that I cannot play, like the second ESL Pro League group stage, so we'll have a sub. And then we have cs_summit, I won't be able to play that, so we will need a sub there, and then DreamHack Dallas... And some other competitions are coming...

Why do you even have an issue when liazz doesn't have one?

Yeah, I don't know. I think it is just because I'm a New Zealander. Our applications were basically identical when we sent them in, his just went straight through and they requested additional information for my one, denied it, we tried to appeal it, and now it is in the process of them requesting additional information again. Which means it is probably going to denied, once more. And the only real difference is just that he is an Australian and I'm a New Zealander.

So what are you going to be doing, are you going to fly out to North America, stay somewhere there, stay in New Zealand, what is going to be viable for you?

I don't know at this point. I don't think I'm going to be going to Canada to practice because I'm not going to be playing any of the tournaments in America anyway, so it is kind of pointless for me to be there just practicing with them when they are going to be using someone else. And then after that, we will just probably bootcamp in Europe before the Major and ESL One Cologne, get back into the swing of things.

You touched on the team having to use a stand-in, they used smooya for the ESL Pro League groups, so is that the logical option?

Yeah, it is looking like he is the logical choice for EPL groups again, but we have to smooth that over with BIG, obviously, get that sorted. There is a lot of behind the scene stuff that you have to go through, but he is eligible to play with us. We just have to sort it out, if not, then find someone else, maybe reltuC again.

Is there anything you want to add before we end the interview?

I'll just say thanks to all the fans that have been supporting us despite our terrible showing here, obviously love you guys. And also - give me a visa, US. [laughs]

New Zealand Sean 'Gratisfaction' Kaiwai
Sean 'Gratisfaction' Kaiwai
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.08
Maps played:
609
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.61
APR:
0.12
Wtf
2019-05-04 15:14
#10
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Sweden Unluko 
F5
2019-05-04 15:15
Rip #1 and #2
2019-05-04 15:16
#38
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Sweden Unluko 
Ye because they were F5ing
2019-05-04 15:26
i can't go to the states, im an analyst
2019-05-04 16:53
#85
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Sweden Unluko 
Nice post!
2019-05-04 16:54
#86
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Europe b8police 
lol
2019-05-04 16:55
#181
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Poland eGirl 
haha you have been watching way too many Twitch Ads xD
2019-05-05 13:18
#211
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Portugal Bazinga_7 
Ahahah that Twitch ad
2019-05-09 15:25
#94
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North America ZachS721 
I had comment 2 idk what happened... I just put ok cool
2019-05-04 17:16
F5
2019-05-04 15:24
#55
device | 
Ukraine Valdirr 
Im very happy :)
2019-05-04 15:49
#56
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Sweden Unluko 
Nice :=)
2019-05-04 15:49
Im very happy!
2019-05-04 17:56
#4
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France FanchD 
Ok
2019-05-04 15:14
ez4visaissues
2019-05-04 15:55
#182
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Poland eGirl 
haha nice one, renegades getting rekt by Visa
2019-05-05 13:19
#5
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Serbia GODKipato 
Sad
2019-05-04 15:14
#6
walle | 
Australia sini_ 
Noooo it must be the moustache.
2019-05-04 15:14
#81
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United States @FyreCS 
+1111 Maybe the recent shooting there has been making New Zealander visas take longer now
2019-05-04 16:48
Yeah you are right I read something about it few days ago
2019-05-04 16:57
#98
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Australia maarket 
thing is it was an Australian that did the shooting so that doesnt make sense
2019-05-04 17:31
#109
cR4zY | 
Myanmar xdcc 
You think Americans know the difference? Heard New Zealand terrorist. End of story.
2019-05-04 17:57
#110
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Australia maarket 
tru dat
2019-05-04 18:07
You think the people dealing with the visas are living in a cave and not following news at all?
2019-05-04 21:22
#134
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Brazil lstkr 
American ppl don't care about other countries... You think the ppl dealing with visas are not american?
2019-05-04 21:39
listen banana
2019-05-04 22:25
Bro he's right. Americans know nothing about everyone else but everyone else knows lots of things about u guys.
2019-05-05 01:52
#165
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United States @FyreCS 
I am sorry! Did not know info!
2019-05-05 03:52
#187
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United States Bochanka 
According to what? People on HLTV get the fuck out if that’s what your basing this shit on. God some people are so stupid on this planet. I found some right here
2019-05-05 18:29
I watched a video of an australian guy quizzing a bunch of americans in new york and some of the ridiculous things they said were just so funny. most of them thought Australia was in Asia or Europe. Its just a joke.
2019-05-06 01:47
Please tell me you did not just base your statement on a video lol. He could have cut out the smart answers and many other things...
2019-05-06 17:48
okay, you realise those humiliation videos are hand-picked and the creators only put the stupidest answers in the video for the purpose of entertainment?
2019-05-08 11:31
listen digga
2019-05-05 23:32
#162
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United States @FyreCS 
I am sorry! I did not know the details! Strange then if that’s the case wtf...
2019-05-05 03:51
#99
Noktse | 
Argentina urfoloq 
yeah cuz in 'murica they don't have massive shootings, murder n' shit. what a joke.
2019-05-04 17:33
Flag checks out
2019-05-04 17:47
#121
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United States Bochanka 
Being honest we haven’t had one in quite some time. Many other shootings around the world lately have been by far worse... I mean shit I wonder how many shootings go on in Argentina that literally no one hears or cares about...
2019-05-04 20:48
#141
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Sweden Zaser5 
last week
2019-05-04 23:36
There was literally one last week. What are you on about?
2019-05-05 00:25
#149
blacK | 
Namibia Toonga 
In my country there have never been a shooting. But in my school we have been attacked by spears and shit. Man, i might have go to the local store to buy a bow and some arrows. Btw i am a nigerian prince, and i would like to give you 900millin dollars. First you gotta give me all your bank details.
2019-05-05 01:18
Reported for racism.
2019-05-05 02:01
#178
blacK | 
Namibia Toonga 
What is racism?
2019-05-05 08:41
#163
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United States @FyreCS 
Mate, UNC got shot up, and a California synagogue got shot up like a 3-8 days ago wtf
2019-05-05 03:51
yeah, that's cause no one cares about us
2019-05-06 01:33
why is ur immigration office being dickheads mens
2019-05-05 00:25
#164
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United States @FyreCS 
What you mean men)))
2019-05-05 03:52
not letting my boy grat in
2019-05-05 04:02
#183
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United States @FyreCS 
Ah! I see! Indeed, US immigration office doesn’t know what they are doing... maybe it’s his stache? >:)
2019-05-05 15:24
They know it was a fluke lol...sorry mate. Had to
2019-05-06 17:50
#8
autist | 
Spain Holiwis 
lul
2019-05-04 15:14
#9
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Germany ToiletShitter 
get rekt hahaha
2019-05-04 15:14
Oof
2019-05-04 15:15
#12
NBK- | 
France Azowel 
:( moustache
2019-05-04 15:15
Fuck visa
2019-05-04 15:16
Gratisfaction no satisfaction
2019-05-04 15:16
#90
tarik | 
United States Zenoth 
+1 men))
2019-05-04 17:03
#17
NiKo | 
India Ganeshcg4 
Smooooooyaaaaaaaa
2019-05-04 15:16
#19
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Belgium jorneiro 
drumpf strikes again
2019-05-04 15:16
Expected from 2 IQ immigrant
2019-05-04 17:06
Welcome back. I hope you don't have to open a new account again next month.
2019-05-05 04:37
Well, since Dimitri is gay and he doesn't like when anyone talk badly about immigration and muslims, I can't rule that out entirely. I know, him being gay and muslims hating on gays, he is a quite conflicted young socially awkward teenager.
2019-05-05 10:42
+1
2019-05-04 17:31
Yo what
2019-05-04 15:17
I cant go to the states i´m an awp player Get in the Plane
2019-05-04 15:17
Lul
2019-05-04 15:18
📣IM ONLY HUMAN AFTER ALL
2019-05-04 15:22
📣 dont put the blame on me
2019-05-04 15:32
#150
blacK | 
Namibia Toonga 
Thanks germans. Love the creativity!
2019-05-05 01:19
#92
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Australia zanics 
im only kiwi
2019-05-04 17:07
#93
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Czech Republic Scalpelexis 
I actually laughed a lot, thanks mate
2019-05-04 17:14
haha n1
2019-05-04 18:15
lmao
2019-05-04 19:08
#142
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Sweden Zaser5 
hahahaha
2019-05-04 23:37
Practice in Canada before a big event at home. WTF
2019-05-04 15:18
#47
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Australia c0meatm3_Bro 
well with the rest of the team in the US it makes sense
2019-05-04 15:34
#24
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Europe martwica 
Gonna lose spot because of that
2019-05-04 15:18
#26
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Argentina TheRealLucas 
Imagine middle fingering to your crowd
2019-05-04 15:19
#65
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Australia CuppaJoe 
??? Reply needs to have actual content
2019-05-04 16:07
#143
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Sweden Zaser5 
not his crowd
2019-05-04 23:37
usa racist 😡😡
2019-05-04 15:19
Lmao he’s white
2019-05-06 00:44
#205
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Iceland fatboislim 
Usa is racist against white people
2019-05-07 17:32
Hello brain are you there?
2019-05-08 00:18
#207
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Iceland fatboislim 
Yes whats up?
2019-05-08 11:27
#28
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Russia ez4baitkatka 
career over
2019-05-04 15:19
#29
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France t3r4byt3 
has to be that godforsaken mustache
2019-05-04 15:19
Sad news
2019-05-04 15:22
#33
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Australia JingleBells 
So stupid wtf
2019-05-04 15:22
#34
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Turkmenistan PornHub187 
he hides drugs under the mustache
2019-05-04 15:23
go us as tourist. terminate ur player contract (renegadeds pays few month salary in front). practice as amateur without contract=profit or go all renegades to canada
2019-05-04 15:24
#51
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Finland Vkims 
:D
2019-05-04 15:35
#100
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Australia maarket 
still doesn't make sense to practice cause the events are in the US
2019-05-04 17:33
prac major
2019-05-04 17:34
#102
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Australia maarket 
he said in interview after US events theyll goto europe to boot camp for cologne and major
2019-05-04 17:35
RIP GRATATA
2019-05-04 15:26
Lul muslim detected
2019-05-04 15:26
AYAAAAAAAA
2019-05-04 15:35
So he claims his visa was similar to Liazz's and the main difference is that he's from New Zealand. I'm guessing these stupid Americans don't realise New Zealand is a country. Americans and their low iqs never cease to amaze me.
2019-05-04 15:26
#43
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Netherlands HetIsPatat 
So what's preventing him to get a VISA?
2019-05-04 15:31
#50
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Australia c0meatm3_Bro 
the US denied it, he tweeted before that they said he didn't have enough achievements or something to be classed as a professional
2019-05-04 15:35
#54
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Netherlands HetIsPatat 
#40 said it's similar to Liazz, so I was wondering what happened then. I'd never heard about a lack of achievements being a reason, how do all other tier2 teams get their VISAs?
2019-05-04 15:42
#61
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Australia c0meatm3_Bro 
"I have been denied a US visa because immigration has basically said I'm not internationally recognised enough. Cheering for the boys in the group stage and I'll be back on board when IEM Sydney comes around! Currently appealing the decision and hoping it works out soon enough" then later he replies "Not enough achievements or whatever" from his twitter
2019-05-04 16:02
what a joke of a country lmao
2019-05-04 15:49
#72
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South America litdabber21 
ok yeah im sure many americans dont know about new zealand but id imagine the visa people would have to know about it ... right ?
2019-05-04 16:28
IDK why Grat has had visa issues, when almost all the SA pro league players have gotten them without major problems. It seems like a single one of them should have 2x the problems Grat has, considering they aren't as recognized and they aren't backed by a decently big org.
2019-05-05 05:08
#41
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Norway PeteZz 
Classic Trump. «Fellah looks moslem. Tell him to fuck off»
2019-05-04 15:26
#42
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United Kingdom AndyKekMan 
Smooo
2019-05-04 15:30
#48
oskar | 
Czech Republic PaYaB 
it's US, what would you expect ..
2019-05-04 15:35
i think the reason for his visa issues is that he looks like a terrorist.
2019-05-04 15:35
a big middlefinger up to u hoe why didnt u cry about stalking crowd in the aus ? liar
2019-05-04 15:52
#59
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Spain elskio 
rip
2019-05-04 15:54
Australians cant go to US? lul
2019-05-04 16:03
#74
jeyN | 
United Kingdom Dave2303 
He's not Australian
2019-05-04 16:37
#77
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Sweden Kasidro 
he is not australian
2019-05-04 16:40
oh wtf the flags look the same in the small picture :D but new zealand is also a T1 country, still not really understandable ...
2019-05-04 16:47
#64
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Brazil stewArt1 
"I can't go to the States, I'm an aussie!" "Get on the plane." 🎶🎵I'm only human🎵🎶
2019-05-04 16:06
#82
jks | 
Australia 0iq_man 
hes kiwi
2019-05-04 16:52
#21
2019-05-04 16:56
lOOOl
2019-05-04 18:11
I was looking for that comment, thanks for not dissapointing me
2019-05-04 22:31
HHAHAHHAHAHAHA humanity has been saved
2019-05-05 02:29
#66
jks | 
Germany ZeNe 
Please NOT CUTLER
2019-05-04 16:07
#67
Zeus | 
Finland 0lter 
Thats it, im destroying my visa card F these mens
2019-05-04 16:08
8/8
2019-05-05 02:06
Smooya here to carry them like in pro league. :>
2019-05-04 16:16
smooya to Renegades soon
2019-05-04 16:17
Lmfao imagine being from New Zealand and not have the ability to get into the US.
2019-05-04 16:39
its because america have too many rules and regulations
2019-05-04 19:09
#123
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United States Bochanka 
We have the rules?? You’re the country with the shitty ass government XD. Not to mention you won’t let people in or out. This is ALL your country’s fault no one else’s
2019-05-04 20:50
Says Australia doesn't let people in or out. The US is litteraly not letting grst is because he hasn't had mucj achievements
2019-05-04 23:17
Probably other reasons, it seems so weird that Grat in particular is having issues. He doesn't fit the normal molds for people who have issues.
2019-05-05 05:10
#185
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United States Bochanka 
Buddy he is having issues because he has a checkered past... my god some people need to do some research before smacking there lips all over the place.
2019-05-05 18:26
Buddy... What has he done pull the finger? Fuck us are babys
2019-05-05 21:39
"Not to mention you won’t let people in or out. This is ALL your country’s fault no one else’s" if you read my post, then you would have understood what i wrote, the issue is coming from The American Embassy / Development Of Transport not from NewZealand, your president doesn't let people in, due to certain circumstances.
2019-05-05 08:16
#186
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United States Bochanka 
#185
2019-05-05 18:26
and im telling you, he is not a criminal, i know him, so it is americas side, quit acting your cockiness and your arrogance, doesnt work with me child.
2019-05-06 12:06
Loved smooya on Renegades. Looking forward to watch them play together again. Hope Sean gets back soon though. Must be a bummer not playing with the boys due to some dumb visa issues.
2019-05-04 16:40
#78
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Sweden Kasidro 
stop having events in the US
2019-05-04 16:41
#104
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Europe Luboss 
+1
2019-05-04 17:39
#124
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United States Bochanka 
Then stop having events in Australia. Same situation you clown. You obviously don’t want the game of counter-strike to become more popular otherwise you’d want many tourneys in the states as that’s how it gains popularity but you wouldn’t know that would you.
2019-05-04 20:51
#127
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Sweden Kasidro 
Yes I was completely serious.
2019-05-04 21:05
#132
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United States Bochanka 
Then you’re really stupid XD
2019-05-04 21:12
#136
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Sweden Kasidro 
Oh the irony
2019-05-04 22:29
#139
walle | 
Australia sini_ 
Whoosh
2019-05-04 23:00
#79
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Argentina Fa7e07 
rip
2019-05-04 16:43
#89
FalleN | 
India GalexE 
Gratisfaction you became gey right at the mometn you show middle fingur
2019-05-04 16:58
#95
smooya | 
United Kingdom 1ARMgod 
Smooya loaned to RnG when?
2019-05-04 17:27
#103
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Australia maarket 
hopefully
2019-05-04 17:36
#96
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Sweden NexuseryMs 
Gratisfaction still missing his old teammates from grayhound
2019-05-04 17:29
#105
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Guatemala KlassiKer 
lmao retarded americans and their visa problems,not surprised at all
2019-05-04 17:44
#125
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United States Bochanka 
It’s because we actually ru na real country here. And if you read the Fucking article this is on his country’s side. So stfu you clown
2019-05-04 20:52
How is it on our side. It is the US declining it for whatever stupid reason even though as he said his application was exactly the same as liazzs.
2019-05-05 07:04
#126
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United States Bochanka 
Talking shit about America when you live in a third world country. Fuck man you look embarrassing af
2019-05-04 20:53
#138
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Guatemala KlassiKer 
lmao baited so easily
2019-05-04 22:36
Maybe American officers thinking that the Christchurch shooter is from NZ and banned everyone from there?
2019-05-04 17:51
Yeah + he's a sniper so perhaps
2019-05-05 02:25
wait aren't they living in gaming house in states?
2019-05-04 18:19
visa issues...
2019-05-04 18:29
nt Kaiwai MAGA!!!!!!!!
2019-05-04 19:19
#122
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United States Bochanka 
Australia have such a shit government. Like it’s so laughable, they won’t let people in and they won’t let people out. What a fucking joke
2019-05-04 20:49
He's from New Zealand, the Aussie had no trouble getting his visa.
2019-05-04 21:10
#130
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United States Bochanka 
I’m talking about Australia and New Zealand. Both governments are trash and that’s why they have so many visa problems
2019-05-04 21:11
#148
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Australia eClipz-AU 
Actually it's important we validate who enters the country so we don't have illegal immigrants running around fucking our country like theirs. My partner and I spent about $12000 to get her visa here and the process was long and difficult, we used an agent that cost $2000. Simple fact is the country has tight border security and that's one of many reasons why Australia is a favourable country for people to live.
2019-05-05 00:30
#209
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Iceland fatboislim 
Trump hater leftist open border cryer spotted
2019-05-08 17:02
The only reason he would have this many issues getting in at this point is if he did something illegal at some point and spent some amount of time in jail. There's no other reason for him to have such a tough time.
2019-05-04 21:10
#131
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United States Bochanka 
Yea I agree
2019-05-04 21:11
#144
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Denmark jkaemmeister 
Only explanation sadly
2019-05-04 23:50
I can't think of anything else. I get that we have a bit of an issue accepting people into our country right now, but that doesn't explain then why Liazz was let in, but not Grat.
2019-05-04 23:52
#161
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Denmark jkaemmeister 
He’s one of the only players with visa problems (globally). Meanwhile overseas players who have been arrested in NA have been let back in. Sadly the kids obviously been lifted, and to think otherwise, is just naive
2019-05-05 03:08
its more than likely because of the recent terrorist attack in NZ. If i had to guess they are being very picky with visa's for NZ for a while.
2019-05-05 04:01
There were terrorist attacks in France a few years back and it wasn't an issue for anyone. I honestly think there's something related to him causing the issue.
2019-05-05 04:58
Entirely possible, but we were under different administration a few years back, there were many esports related visa issues that popped up after the 2016 election cycle. I'd be comfortable placing my bets on a combination of the recent terrorist attack and an administration that has been vocally anti-visa. And thats not to start a political debate, just pointing out that the fact that the Trump administration has come out and attempted to outright ban countries from getting visas full stop, its not a huge stretch. For him to not be allowed in based on a criminal record it would be something fairly large or some kind of fairly recent drug related charge what with 'the war on drugs'.
2019-05-05 05:58
He's a fucking nerd gamer in New Zealand and you suggest he went to jail/prison haha
2019-05-05 02:30
Drug possession?
2019-05-05 21:45
#189
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World ZMDR 
he looks like a nerd that never left his house prior to getting picked up lmao no way
2019-05-05 21:29
Drug possession?
2019-05-05 21:44
#194
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World ZMDR 
how would they know if the drugs never leave his house
2019-05-05 22:24
Your problem is over exaggerating a dumb joke.
2019-05-05 22:26
#200
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World ZMDR 
huh
2019-05-06 02:21
You're not serious about saying he looks like he never left his house before joining a team?
2019-05-06 02:23
Why u do dis murrica? :(
2019-05-05 02:02
F.D.T
2019-05-05 02:16
US immigration officer #1 : Hey BUFORD this guy from New Zealand wants to come in US immigration officer #2 : What's New Zealand? sorry I got American education idk this stuff US immigration officer #1 : The country that had that terror attack on Muslims US immigration officer #2 : Terror you say? reject this terrorist's visa we can't have terrorists in the beuutiful MURICA And that's the story of how Grat got his visa denied, the end.
2019-05-05 02:29
+1
2019-05-05 02:53
this is probably it tbh. 'new zealand, terrorist attack recently? nope' 'oh and they banned guns? no way'.
2019-05-05 03:57
Main difference is i am from NZ and Liazz AU. WoW
2019-05-05 04:40
Confirmed. Wall is up between NZ and USA.
2019-05-05 11:35
Feel bad for him and wish he got his visa but I don't mind the strict and slow visa process in the USA because we need to suppress immigration as much as we can.
2019-05-05 21:24
#191
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Australia C988and0 
renegades hater in immigration smh
2019-05-05 21:39
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