Sangal player Soulfly sidelined by visa issues ahead of RMR

Coach Tugay "⁠TuGuX⁠" Keskin will play instead of the Turkish youngster in at least the first match of the tournament.

Sangal will play the opening stages of the second European Regional Major Ranking tournament without Caner "⁠soulfly⁠" Kesici due to the 17-year-old encountering issues with the visa application process, the organization has announced on the day before the beginning of the event.

The team has stressed that there is still a possibility for the Turkish player to join the rest of the roster during their campaign in Bucharest, where they will play for Major qualification over the course of the next four days, on April 21-24.

TuGuX will sub in for Soulfly in the opening match and possibly more

TuGuX will stand in for the squad in the meantime after the coach was submitted as Sangal's official substitute. If soulfly is able to get his visa in time to travel to Romania, he can be swapped back into the roster as per the official Major rulebook.

As the third-lowest-ranked team in attendance and now without one of their main players, Sangal are facing an uphill battle on their quest to qualify for PGL Major Antwerp.

The team around Robin "⁠ScrunK⁠" Röpke are set on a collision course with one of the heavy favorites, Players, in the first round of the Swiss stage in a match that will take place on Thursday at 13:30 .

Their roster in the opening match will be the following:

Germany Robin "⁠ScrunK⁠" Röpke
Austria Efekan "⁠S3NSEY⁠" Topaloglu
Hungary Kornél "⁠kory⁠" Szedlár
Germany Can "⁠kyuubii⁠" Ali
Germany Tugay "⁠TuGuX⁠" Keskin

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Austria Efekan 'S3NSEY' Topaloglu
Efekan 'S3NSEY' Topaloglu
Age:
18
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.98
Maps played:
202
KPR:
0.65
DPR:
0.65
Germany Robin 'ScrunK' Röpke
Robin 'ScrunK' Röpke
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.88
Maps played:
896
KPR:
0.61
DPR:
0.71
Turkey Caner 'soulfly' Kesici
Caner 'soulfly' Kesici
Age:
17
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.99
Maps played:
73
KPR:
0.69
DPR:
0.70
Germany Can 'kyuubii' Ali
Can 'kyuubii' Ali
Age:
17
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.95
Maps played:
85
KPR:
0.64
DPR:
0.67
Hungary Kornél 'kory' Szedlár
Kornél 'kory' Szedlár
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.00
Maps played:
453
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.70
#1
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United States thespecht
they still qualify dw
2022-04-20 21:09
1 reply
Unluko
2022-04-20 21:12
Rip
2022-04-20 21:10
#3
El1an | 
Other _n1ght
They won't get a win with him or without him
2022-04-20 21:10
2 replies
#9
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Europe Putin69
True mens))
2022-04-20 21:12
#39
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Turkey sonbafrali
For the first match, yes. They need him to qualify. It's already a hard task for them, without Soulfly it's impossible.
2022-04-20 22:04
tugux god
2022-04-20 21:10
1 reply
#12
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Europe Putin69
This isn't 2014 anymore
2022-04-20 21:12
#5
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Turkey edsvi
Expected sadly
2022-04-20 21:11
#6
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Iceland Greedo
who cares wont qualify anyway
2022-04-20 21:11
1 reply
It must be a sad to be 4th out of 1024 teams in the open qualifier and not be able to come to this tournament.
2022-04-20 21:42
dayı settt
2022-04-20 21:11
nt
2022-04-20 21:12
Unlucky
2022-04-20 21:12
Unlucky :( glad this didn't happen to EF though
2022-04-20 21:14
even if they play 6players they dont have chance to win games no one cares
2022-04-20 21:14
1 reply
It must be a sad to be 4th out of 1024 teams in the open qualifier and not be able to come to this tournament
2022-04-20 21:42
Sad, they would've went 3-0, now they'll go 3-1
2022-04-20 21:15
1 reply
#101
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Ukraine Nissan350
+1 still ez for Sangal
2022-04-21 11:59
bruh
2022-04-20 21:15
#17
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Turkey _PKD_
Sorry for the young talent
2022-04-20 21:20
0-3 :(
2022-04-20 21:20
#19
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Russia Sun_R1see
Rmr B just trash
2022-04-20 21:22
#20
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England Jerry2805
Begs the question of why they don’t get this stuff sorted out a lot earlier if they know they’re going to run into issues
2022-04-20 21:23
4 replies
Lan dodge)) This soulfly played some crazy games lately
2022-04-20 21:25
"just apply earlier bro lol" very good advice, im sure the org didnt think about that before :)
2022-04-20 21:29
Visa issues happened many times to other Turkish players before don't think the reason was the org being late
2022-04-20 22:02
Clearly has no Idea how visas are handled.
2022-04-21 03:21
Unlucko
2022-04-20 21:30
feelsbad, quick 0-3
2022-04-20 21:30
#25
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Turkey ersinnoo
Turkey does not provide convenience to e-sports players. we can see that. i am sad.
2022-04-20 21:32
7 replies
What kind of convenience? It’s up to the players/org to apply for a visa, and up to Romania to grant it. Not sure what kind of help Turkey could provide. Can’t expect them to send diplomats to try to fast-track a visa application from a random citizen.
2022-04-20 22:37
4 replies
#59
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Turkey ersinnoo
Turkish officials think like you. Why can obtaining a visa be so difficult? The person applying for the visa does not have a criminal record, he must have explained to the authorities why he wanted to get a visa and the importance of the situation. By a random citizen you mean "tourist". However, I do not think that the situation is a touristic trip. Our Vice President attended an e-sports event in Ankara where the Eternal fire team also took part and listened to the problems of e-sports players and mentioned that steps will be taken to solve the problems experienced by e-sports players. A close example is the opening of hltv in our country after the situation was reported to the vice president in this event after hltv was banned in Turkey. Even if we tried to convey soulfly's situation by tagging the vice president on Twitter, it seems that it didn't work. Anyway.
2022-04-20 23:32
3 replies
No, by random citizen I mean he is not going there on government business, nor is he famous or influential. I imagine the situation would be the same for a businessman on a business trip or an unknown athlete in a niche sport. It’s on Romanian authorities to grant the visa. Turkey or any other foreign government have very limited ability to influence that process. Maybe it could be done by throwing a lot of diplomatic clout around, but what do you expect, for Erdogan to personally phone the Romanian government and request a visa for a person he’s never heard of?
2022-04-21 02:04
2 replies
#74
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Turkey ersinnoo
I don't think Erdogan will care. I would expect the institutions of the states dealing with this business to communicate more closely with each other. Visa facilitation should be provided in serious subjects such as sports, science, academics and so on. These facilities are available in my country. however, there may not be a regulation regarding e-sports. I would expect the relevant institution of Romania to provide visa convenience for an organization organized in its country. maybe pgl officials could have shown some effort on the subject. (why are you awake at this hour) XD
2022-04-21 03:01
1 reply
I had a business meeting in Bucharest, Romania 1 month ago. It was a bid urgent meeting and set up suddenly, only 20 days before I could apply. I apply for the business visa through Romanian Consulate located at Istanbul and they told me to come collect my passport after 10 days. 10 days later, visa was granted. If I can get a visa in 10 days, how e-sports professionals funded by its organisation having trouble? I don't understand at all.
2022-04-21 08:35
Clearly has no Idea how visas are handled
2022-04-21 03:22
1 reply
#79
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Turkey ersinnoo
even when we ask google we can figure out how to get a visa. What I want to say is different.
2022-04-21 03:31
SOOOO FUCKING FRUSTRATING
2022-04-20 21:38
sad
2022-04-20 21:38
#28
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Kosovo miguelo
lets go tugux
2022-04-20 21:38
#29
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Turkey CHEAFOOT
DAYIIIIIIIIIII
2022-04-20 21:39
3 replies
Amına koyayım dayı
2022-04-20 22:33
2 replies
#65
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Turkey CHEAFOOT
amına koyayım krös koyamıyorsun ya
2022-04-21 01:31
1 reply
Sana sit diyorum, ben sıkınca çık diyorum. ya amk valla polis beni bağırdığım için beni alsın ya
2022-04-21 07:08
Unlucky for Turkish Harry Potter :(
2022-04-20 21:40
Feels bad
2022-04-20 21:45
#34
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Hungary szia
Wtf dude why are the only 2 teams i care about in this RMR getting rosterfucked? :(
2022-04-20 21:50
1 reply
Because you are the jinx
2022-04-21 03:28
Unluko kebabspinner
2022-04-20 21:57
2022-04-20 22:01
Good thing their coach is ex-pro
2022-04-20 22:04
1 reply
He didn't play as pro since 2016 tho, means 6 years.
2022-04-21 03:33
Visa issues in 2022, cmon, how can anything like this happen?
2022-04-20 22:06
4 replies
#66
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Turkey fliqadnan
It's very hard to take a visa from European countries for turkish people. Eternal Fire take it easly cause they talk to vice president
2022-04-21 01:40
3 replies
Yeah, sadly I see it a lot, it's not easy being a pro in Turkey or the Middle East Btw. how do they know the vice president? That's kinda unfair for other Turkish players
2022-04-21 09:58
2 replies
No man, i dont think thats the reason. İ think the reason is EF roster (individually) have lan experience before thats why they are granted easily.
2022-04-21 13:28
An event was held with a vice-president in Turkey. Eternal Fire was also invited, so he had the opportunity to speak with the Vice President. Eternal fire lifted the ban on HLTV in Turkey by talking to the vice president. yes it is not fair but everything is very difficult for our country anyway.
2022-04-21 15:08
#41
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Turkey sedo7
noooo, he was the best part, i hate this gov
2022-04-20 22:06
3 replies
#87
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Turkey tomriseag
Yea everyone hates
2022-04-21 07:06
2 replies
Not sure about old mf..
2022-04-21 09:48
1 reply
#103
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Turkey sedo7
fk the zombies
2022-04-21 13:24
It was gg anyways so
2022-04-20 22:06
#43
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Canada chravis
rip 3-0
2022-04-20 22:07
sad. wouldve been a good experience for him. he is a really promising player and there isnt many of them in turkey
2022-04-20 22:09
damn
2022-04-20 22:09
Their best player is out due to visa.. okey rip
2022-04-20 22:11
#47
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Ukraine d3adLY
why not gambit player (
2022-04-20 22:14
#48
BzOo | 
France JBzOo
His soul can’t fly
2022-04-20 22:22
1 reply
I see what you did
2022-04-20 22:41
#49
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Turkey Quizexp
It's really very sad, you are planning to go to an international lan tournament for the first time on your own and your dreams are falling apart because you are not helped with visa procedures. I would not want to be in SOULFLY's place, I wish you were born in a country where e-sports is important, my friend ): Moreover, this situation has been going on for a week and no one helped this child, but if you ask these authorities, they say we support our youth, liars.
2022-04-20 22:32
Lmao Visa issues as turk for romania? These countries are almost neighbours
2022-04-20 22:33
8 replies
Tayyip Erdog moment
2022-04-20 23:14
5 replies
but why best president in universe
2022-04-20 23:43
eu moment you mean
2022-04-21 01:59
3 replies
Erdog moment
2022-04-21 08:44
2 replies
Dude if you think EU will remove visa restrictions after Erdogan goes then i have bad news for you. They won't do any shit, lets be honest
2022-04-21 15:40
1 reply
Im talking about turkey's passport power goes down all the way down with Erdog's period
2022-04-21 21:50
Best regards to our minister!
2022-04-20 23:18
Eu schengen visa… it takes ages to get it and they require invitation letter from organizations, in that case from pgl. Since they just recently qualified for it, there were probably no time to complete all the procedures.
2022-04-21 02:01
dedeyi oynatacaklar ya :D
2022-04-21 00:02
Hope at least coming lately
2022-04-21 00:05
RMR Group B is for Bot Teams so G2 can run them over. I will cut my deck if G2 doesn't make it to Legends.
2022-04-21 00:56
Ez for tugux
2022-04-21 01:42
#68
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Finland AliSabid
Unluko, but ez for 30 YO TALENT
2022-04-21 01:48
Best player denied a visa… sad.
2022-04-21 01:58
unluko :(
2022-04-21 03:09
Unbelievable, like when our government will do something about this? Only they care about is refugees it seems.
2022-04-21 03:35
Unlucky
2022-04-21 04:43
#83
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Brazil Gebruel
Is this lineup Turkish or German?
2022-04-21 05:02
6 replies
#84
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Philippines M@GNU5
European
2022-04-21 05:17
International lineup, 2 players have turkish ancestry and soulfly is turkish
2022-04-21 05:19
4 replies
#88
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Turkey tomriseag
And tugux Turkish also
2022-04-21 07:07
1 reply
Also Organisation is Turkish
2022-04-21 09:49
#107
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Brazil Gebruel
But they speak English or Turkish?
2022-04-21 18:39
1 reply
int lineup so eng
2022-04-22 07:54
Visa issues :-(
2022-04-21 06:57
#90
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Asia flipflop
soulfly can't fly...sad for sangal
2022-04-21 07:57
This problem caused entirely from the belgian consulate. They are useless.Expel them from the Country.
2022-04-21 08:43
2 replies
belgian or romanian?
2022-04-21 09:31
1 reply
Thanks for foreign ministry of Turkey, they couldn't even get visa to a e-sports player
2022-04-21 09:50
I had a business meeting in Bucharest, Romania 1 month ago. It was a bid urgent meeting and set up suddenly, only 20 days before I could apply. I apply for the business visa through Romanian Consulate located at Istanbul and they told me to come collect my passport after 10 days. 10 days later, visa was granted. If I can get a visa in 10 days, how e-sports professionals funded by its organisation having trouble? I don't understand at all.
2022-04-21 10:00
still ez for ScrunK
2022-04-21 11:58
#102
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Turkey Yasino
"Dayı cross tutmayı bilmiyosun ya" -Tugux, the livin legend
2022-04-21 12:40
#110
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Turkey berkovic
Dayı legend :D
2022-04-22 14:12
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