Hard Legion duo barred from participating in WESG qualifiers

Hard Legion have found themselves unable to participate in the WESG regional qualifiers due to a ruling from the organisers.

In a recent TwitLonger post, Hard Legion revealed that the team is forbidden from participating in WESG qualifiers due to two members of the squad being Crimean nationals, whose involvement in the tournament "may well be refused without explanation", according to the post.

In March 2014, the Republic of Crimea and Sevastopol were annexed by Russia, a development unrecognised by a list of countries. As a result, economic sanctions were imposed on Russia, including ones specifically targeting Crimea.

Hard Legion unable to participate in the WESG qualifiers with full roster

Contacted by HLTV.org, UCC, the organizer of both the CIS and Russian regional qualifiers, mentioned only that WESG will not be held this year in Crimea and provided a link to a list of general rules for WESG 2020. However, the document in question has no rulings on country-specific restrictions.

The news comes as a heavy blow for Hard Legion, who are just outside the top 30 in the rankings. The Russian team rose to prominence in the summer after reaching the New Legends Stage of the StarLadder Major following victories over NRG, Vitality and forZe in the New Challengers Stage.

Last month, the players parted ways with DreamEaters, citing a range of issues, including unpaid tournament winnings and negative interactions with the management, later signing with Hard Legion, an organisation founded by popular Russian YouTube and Twitch.tv personality Aleksei "HARDPLAY" Baranov.

#4
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Czech Republic fabZeef
ok
2019-11-14 15:54
2 replies
agreed
2019-11-14 20:08
1 reply
#370
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Germany Sonnabend
wtf???
2019-11-15 17:06
#5
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France Bqmbi
Lol
2019-11-14 15:55
LOL. Give back Crimea to Ukraine, Russia!!!!!
2019-11-14 15:55
6 replies
it's not a toy to take it and then give it back p.s.: yes, they should not annex it from the beginning, that's bizarre for 2019
2019-11-14 16:09
1 reply
Not bizarre actually. This is constantly happening around the world just relatively smaller scale
2019-11-14 17:18
crimea is RUSSIA.
2019-11-14 19:23
2 replies
Nt!
2019-11-14 19:26
1 reply
learn history.
2019-11-14 19:27
Russia will not give Crimea, it always belonged to Russia ... it’s just that they say in Europe what you want to hear ... And yes, we don’t care what you think about it ...
2019-11-15 15:51
k
2019-11-14 15:56
#11
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Netherlands n0b8m8
Why so complicated just go play game men
2019-11-14 15:56
politics in csgo omegalul
2019-11-14 15:58
1 reply
It`s not politic, it`s law
2019-11-15 09:40
LMAO
2019-11-14 15:58
thats fucked up
2019-11-14 15:59
What goes up, must come down
2019-11-14 16:00
lol thats dumb, either they have ukraine or russian nationality and badum tss
2019-11-14 16:00
Politics in esports is the shittiest thing . Full disrespect to wesg and other esports orgs who make political disagreements in esports
2019-11-14 16:01
3 replies
+1
2019-11-14 17:41
Normally WESG wants to have national teams only. If there is a dispute it's up to the organizer to decide which way to solve it.
2019-11-15 08:28
1 reply
Okay , there are more than 150 nations in Russia, so let’s affirm only “Russians” or only “Tatars ” teams . Btw Tatars , Crimean tatars , Crimean russians , Ukrainians - all of them has Russian passport and citizenship .
2019-11-15 12:01
CS should be irrelevant to political issues. sad.
2019-11-14 16:01
2 replies
+1
2019-11-14 17:25
Dota cant hold international tourneys in usa anymore because of our Lord Emperor Trump bless his soul
2019-11-15 11:58
#29
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United States Dengar95
F
2019-11-14 16:01
"When will you learn, whenwill you learn, that your actions have consequences?!" - sammyclassicsonicfan 2012
2019-11-14 16:02
1 reply
#203
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Yugoslavia seeeed
+1
2019-11-14 17:45
So they are punishing players for something they had nothing to do with?
2019-11-14 16:03
Players suffering because of stupid politics wtf
2019-11-14 16:05
5 replies
#50
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Romania Pooknezeu
+1, so annoying to see
2019-11-14 16:06
#110
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Russia Ari27
+1
2019-11-14 16:29
1 reply
#117
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Russia Ari27
Many themselves do not agree with this policy, in particular I. But I don’t understand why so punish players in particular. (sorry for my terrible english)
2019-11-14 16:33
+1
2019-11-14 16:49
+1
2019-11-14 17:27
#56
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Czech Republic VetriX_
this is fucking hillarious
2019-11-14 16:07
1 reply
nah, that's bizarre
2019-11-14 16:16
Keep the politics away from CS please
2019-11-14 16:08
3 replies
#70
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Europe Gigska
lol politics that part of each human life even if you not interested.
2019-11-14 16:12
2 replies
I have master in political scinece, but sport should be a different thing
2019-11-14 16:43
1 reply
it shouldnt
2019-11-15 10:56
Did anyone else think this was something different? Visas, cheats, etc?
2019-11-14 16:09
1 reply
Uff.. You almosted give me earth attack, I think a hard legion vac.
2019-11-14 16:36
#64
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Ukraine ksay
UNLUKO MALUKO
2019-11-14 16:10
- Politic - (e)sport Pick one
2019-11-14 16:15
1 reply
...and then pick next one
2019-11-15 10:57
Shame on wesg organization
2019-11-14 16:22
Fucking politics already at HLTV
2019-11-14 16:22
politics everywhere, propaganda everywhere (:
2019-11-14 16:23
Well absolutely understandable.. by International law, they ain't Russian nationals I guess..
2019-11-14 16:23
Cybersport someday will be olimpic discipline!!! Wada and others will be there....Politics....rules must be followed
2019-11-14 16:28
#113
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Poland Hanse
Interesting
2019-11-14 16:31
Ukraine and the majority of international governments continue to regard Crimea as an integral part of Ukraine. Russia and 17 UN member states officially recognize Crimea as part of the Russian Federation, while Ukraine and 114 other UN member states do not. So they cant be considered russians
2019-11-14 16:35
6 replies
So why Ukrainian police and structures don't working in Crimea. They too weak to control this territory, they can take Crimea, but can't. This world is world of strongest, words of weak just means nothing. That how this world working thousands years. Time going, in 100years nobody will talk that Crimea is Ukrainian
2019-11-14 16:47
4 replies
Im not saying that crimea SHOULDNT be considered russian, I dont even know anything about this topic Im saying that they cant be considered russian internationally because the only countries who support them are these en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Political_status_o..
2019-11-14 17:02
#210
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Yugoslavia seeeed
But nobody cares about what happens in 100 years. That is just an excuse to ignore the fact that majority of countries dont recognize it as Russian territory. Actually your entire comment is just some "big words" to try and distract from that.
2019-11-14 17:50
2 replies
"But nobody cares about what happens in 100 years" who said that? you? and my comment its explanation why Crimea is Russia now. Its just fact and time will pass and all countries will recognize it because they just cant do anything against this
2019-11-14 18:57
1 reply
#289
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Yugoslavia seeeed
In a discussion about wheter it is recognized as russian territory now what happens in 100 years is absolutely irrelevant.
2019-11-14 21:24
Btw this way is how all American countries was founded, on foreign territories
2019-11-14 16:51
#127
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Russia Nikosimus
WESG cancelled the '5 man from 1 country' rule so I dont understand the problem with them attending Politics in CS, very nice to see ffs
2019-11-14 16:38
3 replies
+1 They still have 3 Russians whichever way you look at it, the ruling doesn't make any sense.
2019-11-14 17:01
1 reply
#170
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Russia Nikosimus
Sadly it turned out to be politics and not ruling in any way
2019-11-14 17:14
+1
2019-11-14 17:30
lul
2019-11-14 16:47
Wrong event listed at the top
2019-11-14 16:57
WHAT IS THIS BULLSHIT?
2019-11-14 17:09
lol, shitty decision
2019-11-14 17:14
rekt
2019-11-14 17:15
I don't understand...
2019-11-14 17:18
1 reply
It`s life and cs go is just part of it, get real, grow up
2019-11-15 09:21
Not again...
2019-11-14 17:24
sad
2019-11-14 17:25
lmao
2019-11-14 17:40
#207
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CIS IRoclav
Wtf guys. Cyber sport is not abt some political shit, this is about competition. So sad
2019-11-14 17:48
#208
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Indonesia Exodd
When CSGO meets politics
2019-11-14 17:48
i hope we see teams boycotting this event.
2019-11-14 17:51
Great news
2019-11-14 17:51
#216
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Sweden S3bluen
The fuck?
2019-11-14 17:56
but, WESG now allow 2 foreign players per team right? so I don't get this decision...
2019-11-14 17:58
why should regular people suffer from politics shit?
2019-11-14 18:05
3 replies
Welcome to real life, son.
2019-11-14 19:08
2 replies
yea, its obvious but still
2019-11-14 19:09
loooool
2019-11-14 21:19
Imagine begging for someone to revoke your rights to play in a CSGO tournament because of Geo-politics Ukrainians in this thread are pathetic
2019-11-14 18:05
Do they have to have 5 players from the same country? If yes I kinda understand.
2019-11-14 18:27
1 reply
they can have 2 foreigns now, that's why I don't get this
2019-11-14 20:50
#246
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Lebanon Dogman69
do they have crimea/russia passport or ukraine passport?
2019-11-14 18:45
1 reply
Noone in crimea now has ukrainian pass.
2019-11-15 17:05
WESG was always a joke. It's even more joke now, lul.
2019-11-14 19:07
#255
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CIS Cresscent
>In March 2014, the Republic of Crimea and Sevastopol were annexed by Russia >annexed oh boi here comes mad russkies
2019-11-14 19:10
5 replies
Not mad, but kinda disappointed to read such bullshit in HLTV news. Crimea belongs to Russia by a fact, and any words won't change that. EU and UA people should accept the reality even if they don't like it.
2019-11-15 03:32
referendum>annexed. In which country do you live that you blindly believe in news from TV, newspapers, and the internet-controlled publication controlled by the authorities? Maybe you should just find a source of information that will not sow propaganda? shit, some nonsense
2019-11-15 17:03
3 replies
phahahahahahahahhaahhahahah russian guy says about the TV and internet interfered by authorities OMEGALUL. The questions u have asked on the end are mostly relevant for YOU and YOUR country particularly. I am looking forward to see russians restricted from the whole globe soon,concerning internet and in general
2019-11-15 17:12
2 replies
you blinded? "Maybe you should just find a source of information that will not sow propaganda?" If he could find it himself, he would not write out this nonsense now. I’m not telling you to watch "Russia 1", just any independent source of information. This applies to any country.
2019-11-15 17:18
1 reply
what do u call nonsense? An obvious annexion? The shit u've written above is a nonsense cuz whereever that guy is from, i am absolutely certain that his Tv has less propaganda than yours.That's why your suggestions are just ridiculous
2019-11-15 23:03
wtf
2019-11-14 19:12
russia ia failed state , false, just a territory, there is more than 50 uniqe nations live there and every one is want to have independence you can ask peoples any district do they want to give 80% of their taxes to moscow citythey will answer no... moscow big only because of colonies glhf
2019-11-14 19:18
In CS:GO there shouldn't be a place for politics.
2019-11-14 19:34
that's fucked up
2019-11-14 19:39
thats so sad
2019-11-14 19:44
Lmao
2019-11-14 21:18
Don't mix politics with esports.
2019-11-14 21:38
1 reply
grow up
2019-11-15 09:15
Dang. That’s bad:D. Politics in esports. Here we go. And what a lovely comments due to that. Give me popcorn UPD: i like how our ukr. brothers are celebrating and talking crap about this topic. Yes, we have troubles on political side. But i thought in esports we’re working together like friends.(cheering together for mixed team for example). Keep it up wtf
2019-11-14 22:59
9 replies
#351
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Georgia Broozman
Ukraine and Georgia is considered as enemies in Russia everywhere, we can't be friends, even in esports, this pain will last for a lot of years. I don't think that Russians are still consider us as their "brother"-nations
2019-11-15 11:30
8 replies
True. Will never forgive
2019-11-15 17:16
1 reply
#375
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Georgia Broozman
Georgia is with you, bro, hope that everything will be fine <3
2019-11-15 17:27
In politics and "propaganda" news maybe. But in my opinion ordinary people are not involved in this. I have a lot of friends in Ukraine for example and we have good relationship despite this shitty situation. We just need to be smarter. UPD: i know, that no one will hear and understand me. And i idk how to solve this issue. Look at #373. This guy is saying never forgive. But almost for 100% he/she has relatives in Russia, and judging by his logic his relatives are involved in all what Russian government did too. We all have connections, so let`s be friends ffs:D
2019-11-17 00:17
3 replies
In very deed, it's great to see that you r not that1 who is involved in this shitty situation as u said, but u actually don't understand the whole problem and the situation.That ordinary people(ur words)are shooting at ukrainian soldiers RIGHT NOW while u r sitting at home.They are merely doing what they were ordered to do and that's the problem, they are not conscious about what is going on in their own country simply as like as you.Government could not do anything without their puppets(THAT ORDINARY PEOPLE U MENTIONED). So the problem is with the criminal government or people who dk how to solve this issue(u said as well)?that's the quesion and to be smarter is not enough. By the way, i do not have any relatives in russia.(like the most people from western ukraine). UPD: maybe we have some connections but we'll never be friends anymore after such a mean deed - NEVER ,forget about it.
2019-11-17 23:39
2 replies
I understand your frustration and position. But can u understand mine? I personally did nothing bad for ukr people or ukraine in general. But i’m being offended everywhere. Maybe if we are not friends, let’s at least talk like normal people. That shittalk is very bad. And i saw u talking like that(
2019-11-18 16:44
1 reply
i actually haven't written anything bad towards u, i don't understand why u percieve sth insulting in my comm as long as it's as polite as possible( 0 curse words,only that1 u used in your com describing situation). I agree that u r not guilty of being born in russia but it doesn't negate the fact that army of your country is tearing my homeland apart.Imagine me talking normally with russians after this.
2019-11-18 23:21
Sosite huy pidori hohlo - gruzinskie
2019-11-19 13:59
1 reply
#389
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Georgia Broozman
mad, cuz bad
2019-11-19 15:01
here we go
2019-11-15 08:12
I am the biggest fan of WESG competitions now
2019-11-15 09:43
"Republic of Crimea and Sevastopol were annexed by Russia" My friend live in Crimea, and he went to the referendum, which was, and like 90% of the citizens of the republic, what kind of annexation do you write about if you don't know? If even on this site they write this, then my ideas about non-political sport are completely dispelled ...
2019-11-15 16:55
3 replies
Read Constitution of Ukraine ,you can find information how to hold a referendum . So it was illegal and pointless procces,that's why it's called "annexed"
2019-11-15 17:57
1 reply
kekw, ya pro4ital i 4to? "narod ukraini imeet pravo virajat svoe mnenie 4erez referendum" kekw x2 Tak kak krim bil avtonomnoy respublikoy to oni i mogyt sami sebe provazglashat referendum, hot` nezavisimost sebe pripisivat
2019-11-16 10:46
0/8
2019-11-15 23:58
#384
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Germany kig3
UCC shouldnt organize WESG qualifiers if they are barring players from participating.
2019-11-17 01:40
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