SKADE to miss FLASHPOINT Global Qualifier due to visa issues; HAVU come in as replacement

SKADE have been ruled out of the FLASHPOINT Global Qualifier after experiencing visa issues, with HAVU replacing them at the Los Angeles tournament, Denislav "dennyslaw" Dimitrov revealed on social media.

Originally, SKADE had applied for B1/B2 visas as recommended by their legal counsel, which the officials deemed insufficient, instead requiring P1 visas, for which the team no longer had enough time to apply.

Despite their and the organizers' attempts to rectify the situation, the Bulgarian side have been unsuccessful in obtaining the documents necessary to travel to the United States, preventing the team from attending their biggest event to date.

SPELLAN and co. will not be in attendance at the FLASHPOINT Global Qualifier

In a Twitlonger post explaining the situation, dennyslaw revealed his team has been replaced by HAVU at the Los Angeles event, after the Finnish side placed 7th-8th in the European closed qualifier. Lasse "ZOREE" Uronen & co. will take the Bulgarian team's place in Group B, also featuring Chaos, Copenhagen Flames, and Redemption POA.

SKADE had secured a spot in the FLASHPOINT Global Qualifier after making their way through the closed qualifier in second place, which saw the Bulgarian squad take down Spirit in the consolidation final, joining AVEZ in qualifying.

The FLASHPOINT Global Qualifier will run from March 3-5, featuring a prize pool of $64,000 and two spots in FLASHPOINT Season 1. The groups now look as follows:

Finland Lasse 'ZOREE' Uronen
Lasse 'ZOREE' Uronen
Rating 1.0:
Maps played:
Bulgaria Denislav 'dennyslaw' Dimitrov
Denislav 'dennyslaw' Dimitrov
Rating 1.0:
Maps played:
thats sad to hear F
2020-02-29 01:23
NiKo | 
United States Frotha 
2020-02-29 01:29
Brazil kotopro2 
NICE TIER 123424178974123643267842367842672442678678248672346782436784123678342678123476843768431 TOURNAMENT.. ITS LIKE 16 MM SUPREME/GLOBAL ELITE GAMES LMAOOOOO
2020-02-29 02:05
NiKo | 
United States Frotha 
2020-02-29 02:07
Vsm = top 20 player if he wasn't banned by valve racista
2020-02-29 02:35
Brazil kotopro2 
sorry. world only talk about TRUE WINNERS,.. iF he wins nothing = means nothing
2020-02-29 06:41
Brazil ZlatanIsGod 
Yeah...but ez for TETONA
2020-02-29 01:24
LOL BIG will trash them!
2020-02-29 01:26
2020-02-29 02:28
2020-02-29 02:36
Brazil arturfelipe 
+1, DETONA most overrated BR team
2020-02-29 05:22
Detona USA best arcade racing game
2020-02-29 11:52
Brazil SecondKS 
LUL IT AGED SO EVIL detona 16-11 BIG, germany cs LUL so bad
2020-03-03 19:22
valde | 
Denmark QBE_ 
typical for the cis scene, unfortunate :(
2020-02-29 01:24
NiKo | 
United States Frotha 
Bulgaria isn’t CIS
2020-02-29 01:32
Bulgaria AboveYall 
it is not their fault, they were told the wrong thing. Also we are not cis wdym LUL
2020-02-29 01:28
NiKo | 
United States Frotha 
ok, I said Bulgaria isn’t CIS tho
2020-02-29 01:31
Aleksib | 
Europe lalt 
Not players' fault but org definitely sucks. Everyone in esports circles should know at this point that you cant get by without proper working visa anymore.
2020-02-29 10:32
Bulgaria AboveYall 
bulgaria is not cis tho?
2020-02-29 01:26
valde | 
Denmark QBE_ 
well fuck, i thought they were considered in the CIS region, my bad
2020-02-29 01:34
2020-02-29 04:35
2020-02-29 01:25
Finland spurku 
2020-02-29 07:41
2020-02-29 01:25
Germany Neckarstadion 
Is this happens because we are from Bulgaria?
2020-02-29 01:25
This time yes, this is happens because they are from bulgaria :()
2020-02-29 08:16
es3tag | 
Russia Hom1e_B 
No Bulgarian team in LA(((((( I love u and I miss u aahhhhhuuuuuuuuuuuu
2020-02-29 01:25
Great news for BIG CLAN!
2020-02-29 01:25
2020-02-29 01:26
Bulgaria YellowStR 
At this case yes
2020-02-29 17:43
Fuck this bullshit :/
2020-02-29 01:26
United Kingdom whatacliche 
BIG vs Chaos finals. Calling it now.
2020-02-29 01:27
BIG will win!
2020-02-29 01:27
Canada U_S_of_Gay 
“Smooya’s revenge” has a nice ring to it
2020-02-29 01:30
no finals and i dont think big nor chaos will lose a game so they can't meet in semis either
2020-02-29 01:29
TETONA definely on the finals Redemption can surprise
2020-02-29 02:36
Brazil SecondKS 
cof cof detona > BIG
2020-03-03 19:22
2020-02-29 01:27
tarik | 
Norway MD! 
Feels bad for Spellan, so unlucky
2020-02-29 01:28
mir | 
Russia M13F 
Wtf not TS???
2020-02-29 01:35
Usa best country! Always with visa issues for CIS guys
2020-02-29 01:36
NiKo | 
United States Frotha 
Bulgaria isn’t CIS
2020-02-29 01:38
2020-02-29 04:04
starix | 
Russia _Arch 
Bulgaria isn't ex-USSR either, LMAO
2020-02-29 07:30
Poland misioneos 
2020-02-29 10:24
Unlucky af But gl HAVU))
2020-02-29 01:41
Trump's wall
2020-02-29 01:41
Nice Bulgarian legal counsel LMAO
2020-02-29 01:43
Bulgaria goshyy 
The BG/US Embassy we got in Sofia is pure shit that's why.. I can't blame the United States, it is our ''workers'' that got this shit mistaken..
2020-02-29 01:44
LeX | 
Russia mddn 
come on dude, these problem with US visas frequently with Easter Europe and Asia countries. this is not first and even not second time for US events...
2020-02-29 01:59
yeah, if your embassy sucks that much, you have to get some capable legal help... which i guess these guys tried to do but they unfortunately picked shitty legal counsel
2020-02-29 10:33
Bulgaria goshyy 
Well I guess you're right :/
2020-02-29 11:49
Bulgaria goshyy 
This is just a joke, these players worked so hard to get to the Flashpoint Global Qualifier and because of the Bulgaria and US embassy they couldn't get the right visas on time.. I feel really bad for them :(
2020-02-29 01:43
2020-02-29 01:53
hahahah 2020 and still Visa ISSUES good JOB NA
2020-02-29 01:54
United States CaliNinja 
Actually Skade applied for the wrong VISA jesus
2020-02-29 03:53
yes, just poor management.
2020-02-29 11:06
big ooooof
2020-02-29 01:57
imagine you tryhard so much and get finally to the lan and then visa issues xaxaxaxax
2020-02-29 01:58
Skade didn't have time for P1 visas anymore, but somehow Havu comes from the sidelines and they DO have time? It's insane, dare I say it, racist towards bulgaria?
2020-02-29 02:03
World Notb8ing 
Is this happens because we are from BULGARIA ?????
2020-02-29 02:10
It's actually surprisingly easy to get a US visa for max 2 weeks as a Finnish citizen. It can take as little as 3 - 5 days if you're lucky.
2020-02-29 02:30
CIS ShimonSS 
They were playin mdl finals in us so i suppose they still have their visas
2020-02-29 02:31
Isn't finland in the visa waiver program? If you fly with the right airline you get to stay in the USA for some time without a visa
2020-02-29 07:43
yes but... Performers (such as actors and musicians) who plan on performing live or taping scenes for productions back home, as well as athletes participating in an athletic event are likewise not allowed to use the VWP for their respective engagements and are instead required to have an O or P visa prior to arrival
2020-02-29 10:38
Makes sense smart winland guy
2020-02-29 14:02
Finland Vaittify 
Havu already had visas because they had been to US recently
2020-02-29 12:01
World Notb8ing 
wow what a lucksters this havu team also very unluko for skade Is this happens because we are from BULGARIA ?????
2020-02-29 02:09
Why HAVU? Ruskis can't get visa either or they dodging for minor?
2020-02-29 02:43
World Notb8ing 
Pretty sure they prioritize minor though admittedly visa thing would also be tough, I do think it is possible that minor q could have been moved had there originally been cis teams in flashpoint, but now it obviously won't be.
2020-02-29 02:50
syrsoN | 
Germany PeKay 
Doesnt win anyways
2020-02-29 02:56
Havu prolly got visas ezly or quickly because they recently played esea in Dallas. Anyway thanks Bulgaria we helped you in 1878 and now you helped us thanks frens
2020-02-29 03:01
nEGRo | 
Bulgaria dab0tjk 
super unfortunate though that was pretty big for these guys good luck to HAVU anyway :)
2020-02-29 03:14
rip dreams
2020-02-29 03:06
Coronaz | 
China virrus 
this is what happens when you make qualifers in 17 february and lan in usa after 15 days there so many times that had to apply for visa if they qualifed and no way you would get visa in 15 days shit move from flashpoint
2020-02-29 03:28
Asia fershits 
Is this happens because we are from Bulgaria?
2020-02-29 03:41
Qatar olaolakaka 
This is really happens because they are from Bulgaria :(
2020-02-29 03:44
India olle01234 
Ezy for biggg
2020-02-29 04:11
Why would you apply for a B1/B2 that's a visitor visa basically :0 when you will be in the US to work/compete? Who helps these teams... This is an enormous missed opportunity. Probably the biggest in their lives. Had they made it through, they could've gotten a fat new name/sponsor in the league. Incredibly stupid to waste this opportunity like this, probably saved money on a legal representative just to be cheap fucks.
2020-02-29 04:40
Canada voocsgo 
solid 30s google later...
2020-02-29 08:37
im pretty sure its not enough because they each get 5k a month from flashpoint which would be their primary income
2020-02-29 16:18
Canada voocsgo 
takes a solid 20 seconds to google and find that b1/b2 is the right visa for this my dude
2020-02-29 08:54
Hey its the youtube guy
2020-02-29 14:04
You had to google it. I didn't. I see it almost daily. B1/B2 is not the right visa in this case. It says so in the "proof" you provided if you actually bothered to read it. Here, where would SKADE compete had they made it into FP? Also, FP would be their primary income.
2020-02-29 18:24
Canada voocsgo 
I'd guess there's an argument both ways for the league itself but the QUALIFIER (what they were trying to go to) is very clearly a competition with a prize that would not be their main source of income.
2020-02-29 21:02
Sad to hear. Considering Flashpoint got multiple seasons in a year I hope they say something like "as long as you remain top x in ranking y, you will get direct invite to next qualifier"
2020-02-29 05:05
havu deserves it more anyway
2020-02-29 05:50
Finland jUPPE! 
Deserved by HAVU.
2020-02-29 06:46
rain | 
Thailand mongboon 
Could HAVU bet Spirit? NAH
2020-02-29 09:10
Its sad because USA citizens can come here without visa's because we are part of EU... but we cant go to USA.... In EU Union only we and Romania need visa's to go in USA .... this bureaucracy is wrong...
2020-02-29 08:39
rain | 
Thailand mongboon 
Riiiip thats sad this was a good opportunity for SKADE... they deserve this
2020-02-29 09:10
2020-02-29 09:22
Germany BIG2020 
How the fuck does a EU Country get Visa Issues in the US? Traveling to the US is a fucking Shitshow.
2020-02-29 09:35
Tell me about USA dont give us free access and we need VISA... but they can come without VISA here....
2020-02-29 09:59
Oceania Rusuli 
SO PREDICTABLE hhahahahahahaha been watching these guys fall at the last hurdle before LAN for so long, the finally make it and they can't get visas. to be fair, the two weeks allowed really wasn't long enough so we can give them the benefit of the doubt....
2020-02-29 09:36
I saw the twitter and basically he said that in order to get p1 visa they need 20 days to get it but they had 17.So from the start they knew its impossible to get p1 in time.Dont make international events in USA if you have such strict requirements to get a visa :)
2020-02-29 09:51
well, dont manage a esport team / org if you cant apply to the correct visa.
2020-02-29 13:17
you just dont get it- when they quallified for the usa event they had 17 days to apply for that visa while they need to have 20 days.It was impossible to have the visa.
2020-02-29 14:04
Good management should have that in mind and applied for the visa before the qualifier. THat's probably how HAVU did since they are able to play.
2020-03-01 11:26
KEKW why would they apply before they even know if they gonna qualify?
2020-03-01 11:27
So that visa wouldnt be a issue? :) Or how do you think HAVU did if not applied before?
2020-03-01 19:48
Its different from country to country-you can get visa faster in Finland than Bulgaria
2020-03-01 20:59
CeRq | 
Bulgaria Neppo 
2020-02-29 09:57
Russia Orotimaru 
top3 on this qual was Spirit, top4 Gambit, top5-6 Winstrike and Cop.Flames. OFC we invite HAVU, GJ TRASHPOING.
2020-02-29 10:02
imagine making international event in USA and preventing a team to enter the country KEKW
2020-02-29 10:07
sh1ro | 
Europe juspeK 
spirit, GY and winstrike have a minor cph flames has an invite
2020-02-29 10:25
Romania sambusuuuu 
havu? looooooooool
2020-02-29 10:19
Poland Julka 
What a joke
2020-02-29 10:19
s1mple | 
Finland Jeppeh 
damn that fucking sucks for skade. they've been great online recently, feelsbad.. Wondering how Havu got in as the 7-8, but still happy for them i guess.
2020-02-29 11:46
World Notb8ing 
It is pretty obvious honestly, CIS teams rather play their closed minor q and would have issues with visas, so havu is actually next in line (btw Copenhagen flames already got in too as 5-6th in qualifier.)
2020-02-29 12:53
s1mple | 
Finland Jeppeh 
Oh yeah, didn't realise. +1
2020-03-01 11:24
Poland sosiad 
2020-02-29 11:56
no words from Thorin about yet another fuck up from them I guess.
2020-02-29 12:04
sad news.. hope the best for havu
2020-02-29 12:32
South America mik00 
EZ 4 VacSM
2020-02-29 12:32
Brunei cyLoL 
Lmao flashpoint going down hill already
2020-02-29 13:04
Bulgaria cuddleslut 
Didn't the qualifier had $100k prize pool? Now its only 64k
2020-02-29 15:40
Brunei cyLoL 
I dunno it’s a t4 league though
2020-02-29 18:54
I love HAVU, so I consider this to be good news, even if it's too bad for Skade. They can probably beat both American teams. In both Group A and group B the two European teams will get out I think.
2020-02-29 13:38
2020-02-29 13:43
Denmark Zaerdna 
2020-02-29 13:51
Laz | 
Denmark Verix 
who is even gonna watch this league. its gonna be like watching mdl teams play
2020-02-29 13:55
Bulgaria No_1One 
2020-02-29 14:04
Who ?
2020-02-29 14:17
Germany LucaMeyer 
The best
2020-02-29 16:52
Germany LucaMeyer 
2020-02-29 16:52
Germany LucaMeyer 
2020-02-29 16:52
SO sad for you;(
2020-02-29 17:23
Poland Vissi 
Stop doing tournaments in US.
2020-03-01 15:06
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