trace to miss IEM Dallas

The Danish coach will miss the event in Texas due to visa issues.

Martin "⁠trace⁠" Heldt will not stand behind the Astralis squad at IEM Dallas, the Danish organization announced on Twitter. The 31-year-old coach has faced issues with his ESTA application due to a promotional trip to Iran in 2012 with fnatic and thus will not be able to travel to the United States with the team.

This is a blow to Astralis as the team was set to tackle the $250,000 tournament in Dallas, Texas, with hopes of making up for an early exit in the PGL Major Antwerp Challengers Stage.

Visa issues will force trace to help the squad from home

"Sadly, because of a CS trip to Iran 10 years ago, I need a visa (which takes months) instead of a simple ESTA application. I will help the team from home instead," stated the Danish coach on Twitter.

trace initially joined the Danish organization in January 2022 as the coach of their academy project, Astralis Talent. However, It did not take long for him to stand behind the main squad, taking over the reins ahead of the PGL Major Antwerp Major cycle due to Alexander "⁠ave⁠" Holdt's Major ban before becoming the permanent coach in early May.

IEM Dallas is set to start on Monday, May 30, and will see Astralis take on Vitality in the second set of games in Group A at 19:10 .

Denmark Alexander 'ave' Holdt
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#2
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Serbia ;mytH
Oh nyooo
2022-05-28 11:07
#3
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United States Stanislavv
astralis still bad
2022-05-28 11:07
5 replies
toxic kiddo
2022-05-28 18:09
4 replies
How can you be toxic when its true?
2022-05-29 11:29
#231
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Spain sary44
astralis not in good form rn
2022-05-29 17:50
2 replies
true, but calling them bad is just wrong. I believe in a Astralis comeback, the only thing they need is time :)
2022-05-29 17:56
1 reply
#240
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Spain sary44
i though they had good chances of making into playoffs on the major but gla1ve and xyp had bad luck
2022-05-29 22:30
#5
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Denmark Jeffersond
Thats lame!
2022-05-28 11:07
1 reply
America third world country
2022-05-29 12:39
Rip astralis
2022-05-28 11:08
Can we not arrange events in dumbass countries where half the people can't even make it?
2022-05-28 11:09
30 replies
#29
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United Kingdom mussel25
Lmao
2022-05-28 11:24
+1
2022-05-28 12:33
+1
2022-05-28 12:43
+1
2022-05-28 12:45
#81
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France pheno71
+1
2022-05-28 13:12
+1
2022-05-28 13:39
#102
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Poland czan
+1
2022-05-28 14:03
+1
2022-05-28 16:00
probably astralis fault, garbage org and this has happened befote
2022-05-28 16:13
1 reply
you must be stupid. Read the article before playing smart kiddo.
2022-05-29 12:46
#154
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Finland adu_
+1
2022-05-28 16:48
#161
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Cook Islands Skylink
+1
2022-05-28 17:32
+1 as an American, yeah
2022-05-28 18:19
Estonia event when?
2022-05-28 18:21
+1
2022-05-28 18:47
#186
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United States DudeGuy96
No. You must suffer.
2022-05-28 19:23
lets only make events in EU good idea guys
2022-05-28 19:42
2 replies
See even the Americans agree!
2022-05-28 20:09
1 reply
yes
2022-05-29 17:54
#198
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Saint Kitts and Nevis Xeeh
Can Professionals plan ahead instead of being surprised they can't get everything sorted 1 week in advance?
2022-05-28 20:21
2 replies
#203
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United States DarkFX
Right? What a complete joke all of these events are turning out to be.
2022-05-28 21:04
1 reply
flag
2022-05-28 23:27
+1
2022-05-28 21:12
agree
2022-05-28 21:21
#216
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Portugal Hmikas
+1
2022-05-28 23:44
+1
2022-05-29 12:40
#228
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Niger Feline
+10
2022-05-29 16:16
lmao
2022-05-29 17:46
#237
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Serbia DjapeZ
+1
2022-05-29 19:00
#239
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Denmark xenonxd
+1
2022-05-29 19:01
#10
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Pakistan LoOuU2
F momento this one. Trace is like one of the very few shining beacons of light in this Astralis roster.
2022-05-28 11:10
3 replies
How do you know anything about what his impact has been?
2022-05-28 14:48
2 replies
+1 HLTV users always speculating trying to sound smart
2022-05-28 17:12
1 reply
#182
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Europe m0rf3us
+1
2022-05-28 18:55
#15
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Belarus danch1k
Oh shit
2022-05-28 11:15
#17
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France Diodele
sad
2022-05-28 11:16
#19
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Uganda Jesu5
what does iran have to do with this
2022-05-28 11:16
6 replies
#155
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Estonia Chaostic
I guess there was a cs tournament in Iran 10 years ago that trace was at with fnatic
2022-05-28 16:59
Dunno kinda misleading for iran like there is something wrong with the country
2022-05-28 17:02
Karrigan was also a part of fnatic back then but uh oh apparently he's flying to Dallas but trace not S O C I E T Y
2022-05-28 17:20
3 replies
He probablyy has a visa???
2022-05-28 17:37
2 replies
#206
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Latvia emzijs
ye karrigan has a visa credit card, thats why they let him in but didnt let trace in mastercard users crying rn
2022-05-28 21:12
1 reply
almost died while reading it, good job my latvian fren
2022-05-28 23:50
thats the reason why should be all big events held in europe
2022-05-28 11:18
2 replies
#38
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Brazil Nero7
anywhere beside USA you mean? its the only country with VISA issues lol
2022-05-28 11:35
1 reply
Australia also has visa issues from what I understand 🤷🏻‍♂️
2022-05-28 12:09
#24
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Europe alkahzane
Wrong date, Monday may 10th. Should be 30th of may
2022-05-28 11:19
#25
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Russia Soawii
why are they even holding the events in the usa
2022-05-28 11:20
why would you host an event in USA, it is pointless... many players cant even attend
2022-05-28 11:24
That rule's a little weird.
2022-05-28 11:29
#41
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Nepal Ekadeshcs
Time to hold events in Asia instead of NA 😎
2022-05-28 11:52
Always the US omegalul
2022-05-28 12:03
US strike again
2022-05-28 12:07
and people wonder why there aren't more events in NA to make the scene better
2022-05-28 12:17
6 replies
Cope Brazilian, like your planet destroying gov is any better. You have an even higher violent crime rate than US
2022-05-28 18:18
5 replies
comparing US to a 3rd world country says it all
2022-05-28 18:36
2 replies
#187
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Denmark fQu
comparing a 3rd world country to a 3rd world country
2022-05-28 19:26
1 reply
fair enough
2022-05-28 23:51
Dear Jonathan E, Are you fine?
2022-05-29 18:10
yet they're still better than you
2022-05-30 04:37
#50
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Cyprus Porgos
Sad
2022-05-28 12:18
Navi Entropiq cant go there stop play tourney in USA
2022-05-28 12:19
#52
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Russia Ansi
thanks for writing an article on this to clear it up.
2022-05-28 12:20
What a fucking bullshit rule, stop making tournaments in the freaking USA allways visa issues.
2022-05-28 12:21
1 reply
FREAKING USA!!!
2022-05-28 19:07
#56
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Russia HikZ
i think they should stop make tournaments in the USA, not the first time when players cant get visas
2022-05-28 12:23
ROFL imagine holding T1 CS in USA. Everybody facing VISA ISSUES
2022-05-28 12:39
Good job USA kekw
2022-05-28 12:54
Months? It usulaly takes 1 month for Russians, should be way faster for danes. And how in the world you didn't know you will need visa when the event has been announced months ago...
2022-05-28 13:05
7 replies
Have you tried actually reading the article?? He cant get a normal visa cause he was in Iran 10 years ago
2022-05-28 13:31
6 replies
Have you read the article? He can't get e-visa which takes 2 hours. So he has to get NORMAL visa which is exactly what I'm talking about,
2022-05-28 13:32
5 replies
Which takes months to get because he took a trip 10 years ago. Pathetic country
2022-05-28 13:40
4 replies
It takes around 1 month even for Russians in usual conditions. (Takes longer now tho) So I doubt it takes "months" for danes and he had no time to apply for visa since he first knew he was going to IEM Dallas.
2022-05-28 14:29
3 replies
Literally says "months" in his tweet. I Will take his word over some random russian on hltv forums thats for sure
2022-05-28 14:58
2 replies
+1
2022-05-28 17:27
#199
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Saint Kitts and Nevis Xeeh
No it does not take "months" and he probably just assumed it would be fine and never tried until recently. These players knew this event was going to be in Dallas how long ago?
2022-05-28 20:24
no IEM in USA again pls
2022-05-28 13:19
astralis t side winrate about to plummet
2022-05-28 13:23
1 reply
with xyp still here I'm not surprised
2022-05-30 04:39
Can't wait to see news that a player hasn't been let in the US right at the passport control and had to fly back.
2022-05-28 13:30
America in a nutshell.
2022-05-28 13:31
As if it could get any worse for Astralis, they never amaze when it comes to misfortune.
2022-05-28 13:47
2 replies
Misfortune? Historically like half their games are 16-14 wins. Maybe this is karma for being the luckiest team in CS history?
2022-05-28 18:16
1 reply
still crying from liquid berlin i see
2022-05-28 21:23
coach online pog
2022-05-28 14:19
#127
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Poland SebL
Really sad, this was the chance for Astralis, no NaVi, they could've gone deep here, really sad, GL guys!
2022-05-28 15:03
LMAO a trip to iran????
2022-05-28 15:07
american moment
2022-05-28 15:22
Why even promote CS in that country?
2022-05-28 15:24
typical US and A ...
2022-05-28 15:37
This post is really written poorly. The reason he can't go is because he went to Iran 10 years ago and therefor can't use the VISA WAIVER PROGRAM.... which is to help certain countries if you have certain conditions. The default for everyone is to get a VISA. As a professional who travels you should know this and should've applied, I'm not a fan of America but this is all on Trace being unprofessional and not realizing this and therefor not applying for a via on time.
2022-05-28 15:45
7 replies
Wtf why did he go to Iran? 👀 that’s actually sketchy as hell
2022-05-28 18:15
6 replies
Iran is beautiful. Nothing sketchy about it at all. It's not like the whole middle east is a warzone.
2022-05-28 18:25
5 replies
You can’t be serious? Iran shot down a passenger plane full of Canadian citizens 2 years ago. Quit the BS
2022-05-28 19:00
4 replies
the government and everyone around it are pieces of shit, the country is beautiful, the people (especially outside the city) are amazing. Also, you can just say "citizens", making them canadian might work in murica but the rest of the world just cares about people, whatever nationality they are from. Of those 63 "canadians" only 5 used their passport, rest used their Iran passport.
2022-05-28 19:35
3 replies
A Canadian citizen is a Canadian citizen. Do you not know how dual citizenship works? Of course using your Iranian passport will make traveling easier to and from Iran.
2022-05-28 19:50
2 replies
I have triple citizenship, so I think I know. You, as American, think it's worse because of "Canadian" but it's not, that was my point.
2022-05-28 19:58
1 reply
What are you even saying lmao
2022-05-28 20:25
#149
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Brazil sprk1
DISASTER
2022-05-28 16:11
USW omegalul
2022-05-28 16:18
Why are you still holding events in a 3rd world country?
2022-05-28 16:31
Omg, that's ridiculous
2022-05-28 16:33
wait, trace can't go but karrigan can?
2022-05-28 17:36
3 replies
and fortunately this is not a major. Imagine a USA major with teams having incomplete roster due to visa issues
2022-05-28 17:41
2 replies
#165
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Croatia Esketite
Nip had to play without pyth at mlg columbus because of visa issues so...
2022-05-28 17:45
FAZE us org i think so thats somewhat why
2022-05-28 21:24
#166
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Brazil hugoooo
No more events on the USA please!!
2022-05-28 17:51
Well he won't be missed as a matter of fact... the team is already performing like shit with him.
2022-05-28 17:59
HAHAHA doesn’t really matter they wont even make it out of groups tbh
2022-05-28 18:14
Thats why you get a temp passport made and travel on that to Iran.
2022-05-28 18:28
#180
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Portugal ZePagode
Why bother to have a tournament in this country?
2022-05-28 18:45
"promotional trip to Iran in 2012 with fnatic" The f*ck did i just read?
2022-05-28 19:15
#190
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Denmark Pabuna
Lul
2022-05-28 19:41
1 reply
#193
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Denmark Pabuna
+1
2022-05-28 19:50
Pls dont organize any tournament in Us again. Ty.
2022-05-28 20:28
omg.... when tournament organisators will avoid this shitty region??? Due to visa problems always someone missing the tournament.
2022-05-28 20:31
Why u making tournament in USA if huge amount of players/coached doesnt have visas This doesnt make any sense.
2022-05-28 21:11
Life lessons were taught
2022-05-28 23:24
bro 💀
2022-05-28 23:49
KKona
2022-05-28 23:53
That's sad, now you need to be careful where you want to travel.
2022-05-29 12:48
#227
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Poland KeelOO
who?
2022-05-29 12:55
#229
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Spain sary44
is ave still astralis academy coach??
2022-05-29 17:34
1 reply
No, he didn't like being demoted. MODDII is their new coach. hltv.org/player/545/moddii
2022-05-30 17:54
Why not get a visa in the first place? What is the point of risking getting denied?
2022-05-29 18:01
5 replies
It can take months.
2022-05-30 17:53
4 replies
Not likely normal visa time for denmark is 7 days. Might as well at least try to get the visa instead of hoping something stupid doesn't decline your waiver like it did.
2022-05-31 03:42
3 replies
2 replies
I stand corrected. I still would think that astralis would know they were attending this event months ago.
2022-05-31 13:09
1 reply
Trace has been the official coach for the main Astralis team for less than a month, and they probably didn't anticipate that he would get denied over a CS trip to Iran 10 years ago.
2022-05-31 13:29
Everyone blaming USA without reading. Typical.
2022-05-29 18:14
1 reply
flag + flair + name = you have good taste in mens
2022-05-30 17:54
#238
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Serbia DjapeZ
Free country they said
2022-05-29 19:01
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