Aunkere set to miss out on RMR; Benched Heroes attendance in doubt

The European combine's attendance at the event is now uncertain, following visa application trouble for two members.

Eugene "⁠Aunkere⁠" Karyat has been ruled out of IEM Road to Rio 2022 Europe RMR following a rejected visa application. The 22-year-old's absence confirms reports by Dust2.dk and cybersport.ru, which indicated that Russian players will struggle to obtain visas for the event.

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Visa issues threaten Russian attendance ahead of European RMRs

At the same time, Owen "⁠smooya⁠" Butterfield announced in a tweet that the team is also waiting for Buğra "⁠Calyx⁠" Arkın's visa decision, happening on Tuesday. If the Turkish player doesn't obtain the required permission, the team's only chance to attend would be to use an emergency stand-in, something they have not been granted permission for at this time, according to the British AWPer.

Aunkere is ruled out of the RMR event

Teams are allowed to use one substitute player according to ESL's rulebook, with Benched Heroes opting to put down Thomas "⁠Thomas⁠" Utting for the role. The British player is now set to replace Aunkere on the lineup, but without Calyx, they would still be one player short and unable to compete. The rules do state that the submitted coach can act as a substitute, but only where no substitute player is registered. This means that the team would be unable to field five players if Calyx's visa application gets rejected.

If Benched Heroes are to miss out, the rules state that they will be replaced by Illuminar, as their 7th place finish in the fourth open qualifier makes them the highest seeded team.

United Kingdom Owen 'smooya' Butterfield
Owen 'smooya' Butterfield
Age:
23
Rating 1.0:
1.17
Maps played:
905
KPR:
0.79
DPR:
0.62
United Kingdom Thomas 'Thomas' Utting
Thomas 'Thomas' Utting
Age:
24
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.03
Maps played:
948
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.68
Turkey Buğra 'Calyx' Arkın
Buğra 'Calyx' Arkın
Age:
24
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
1121
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.63
Russia Eugene 'Aunkere' Karyat
Eugene 'Aunkere' Karyat
Age:
22
Rating 1.0:
1.06
Maps played:
342
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.67
#1
Dosia | 
Poland iOFF
Hope they can make it
2022-09-26 16:46
16 replies
#3
MoMs | 
United States Virgin Islands zj2
politics in esports hehe
2022-09-26 16:46
15 replies
#8
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Poland Hanse
It's not like esports are detached from real life events
2022-09-26 16:48
2 replies
#111
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Serbia DjapeZ
thats the biggest problem, there shouldnt be politics involved even in real sports
2022-09-27 08:50
1 reply
If the rmr was hosted in brazil, visa would never be a problem skill issue by ESL
2022-09-27 13:08
what not being able to obtain a visa got to do with esports?
2022-09-26 16:50
8 replies
#20
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Slovakia VladO.
Well, the fact that you can't obtain a visa usually hinders you from entering a country, thus also from attending a tournament. Glad to help!
2022-09-26 16:56
6 replies
right, what does that have to do with "politics in esports" it's just politics, it's not like RMR guys are the one who decide on foreign policy
2022-09-26 21:19
5 replies
+1
2022-09-26 21:21
lol what is this argument
2022-09-26 22:03
#104
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Poland bot_taz
+1
2022-09-27 01:07
#115
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Poland Kobel_
+1
2022-09-27 10:15
+1
2022-09-27 10:40
smartest g2 fan
2022-09-26 17:44
s1mple's speech lmao
2022-09-26 16:52
1 reply
Very political to ask people not to kill each other, can’t have that in my video game!
2022-09-26 16:58
#30
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Germany who|cars
+1 politics in everywhere
2022-09-26 17:03
holy shit
2022-09-26 16:46
what an unlucky bunch!
2022-09-26 16:47
free smoodawg hopefully esl/valve helps with these teams visa issues ;(
2022-09-26 16:47
1 reply
I doubt they'll let them play with a emergency stand-in, and aunkere is a big loss for them already, f mens :(
2022-09-27 00:51
#6
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Finland Teukkasd
rip
2022-09-26 16:47
If ESL won't give them an extra sub huge L from them. Not their Fault all these insane Visa issues are going on
2022-09-26 16:49
4 replies
+1 especially when they dont have an org organizing the visas
2022-09-26 16:51
#79
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Europe jigglep33k
- valve - gaming malta - esl fkn suck.
2022-09-26 19:08
2 replies
Better than Riot alteast, but low standards tbh.
2022-09-26 20:32
1 reply
A plate of dogshit with whipped cream and sprinkles IS better than a plate of plain dogshit after all :D
2022-09-27 21:16
unlucky for smooya
2022-09-26 16:50
#12
minet | 
North America minte
very very unlucky, i was looking forward to seeing them all on LAN. gl regardless, maybe they can get a sub for aunkere if calyx is able to get his visa. no communication from ESL is a huge L
2022-09-26 16:52
3 replies
#23
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Germany Pforzfox
They already have a sub for Aunkere, thomas is their registered sub and would stand in atm It's just down to whether or not calyx is out as well
2022-09-26 16:57
2 replies
Cant do they add a coach and let coach as player ?
2022-09-26 17:01
1 reply
#31
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Germany Pforzfox
Nope: "The rules do state that the submitted coach can act as a substitute, but only where no substitute player is registered. This means that the team would be unable to field five players if Calyx's visa application gets rejected." Meaning since they already use a substitute with thomas, they cannot use the coach as a second substitute
2022-09-26 17:03
unlucky, but mbe we get to see first time a sub is use in rmr/major?
2022-09-26 16:52
15 replies
Astralis will play with sub instead of konfig
2022-09-26 17:53
1 reply
ah sht, ty i forgot about that
2022-09-26 18:03
Lol no Standin rule was abused by north and astralis before in order to switch players
2022-09-26 18:13
9 replies
never heard of this before when was this?
2022-09-26 18:40
8 replies
Probably talking about the 6 or more man rosters during Covid online era.
2022-09-26 18:48
2 replies
was north even a thing back then tho
2022-09-26 18:53
Not really. These teams abused the sub rule to be able to keep the rmr spot with only 2 of the 5 required players
2022-09-26 19:38
Astralis did it with farlig. He was listed as a sub but was in fact a player during the entire antwerp rmr North/hyenas i cant remember but happened during the flashpoint 3 Probably there are more examples tho
2022-09-26 19:36
4 replies
were they emergency standins like aunkere case or slightly dif
2022-09-26 19:45
2 replies
See below
2022-09-27 07:01
1 reply
cheers
2022-09-27 11:53
All that farlig playing instead of Lucky meant was that Astralis effectively had no sub and they would have had to bring Lucky back in if they wanted to swap anyone else out. I'd hardly call that abusing it. From what I can find with Hyenas, cajunb was listed initially to keep the 3 man core from the previous RMR, then fessor was used as the sub instead. Though that was at the time of points across multiple rmr's and they got the 20% penalty for swapping players, so the ended up having a 60% total penalty from what had been carried over.
2022-09-27 07:02
out of context, can i ask what did you achieve with the extra time when you wrote "mbe" instead of "maybe" !!??
2022-09-27 00:50
2 replies
dunno, mbe ez this way tbf. IMO it's 4 saving time.
2022-09-27 02:22
mb u can xD
2022-09-27 12:03
Benched heroes v NaVi potentially ruined F
2022-09-26 16:54
1 reply
indeed, would love some smooya vs s1mple action
2022-09-26 19:45
Due to extreme circumstances. I think ESL should do more but i guess they won't because it could mean more work if this sort of thing happens in the future. So no VISA no RMR
2022-09-26 16:54
6 replies
#21
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Germany Pforzfox
Wrong comment, nvm
2022-09-26 16:57
would it be valve or esl doing the ruling on such cases?
2022-09-26 18:04
4 replies
Esl (TO) probably after giving valve a headsup
2022-09-26 18:13
1 reply
actually yeah that make sense dunno why i even asked
2022-09-26 18:52
Well reading into, it seems to be a Valve situation. But i would've thought that they would try and help as much as they can. A team that qualified through merit shouldn't be penalised by extreme circumstances. I can agree if Calyx and Aunkere just couldnt get visa's sorted but seeming as Aunkere situation is clearly because of Russia's latest decision then they should make an exception. Because if Aunkere got a visa Thomas would replace Calyx. So the main issue here is extreme circustance rather than negligence per say.
2022-09-26 18:17
1 reply
i hope this forces valve to actually be vocal on the matter
2022-09-26 18:51
expected
2022-09-26 16:57
#25
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Germany Jonaah
unlucky, i hope for the best
2022-09-26 16:59
Just play 4v5 as a troll
2022-09-26 16:59
#27
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United Kingdom mussel25
host americas rmr in europe to "avoid visa issues", team loses europe rmr place because of visa issues wtf esl
2022-09-26 17:00
9 replies
esl took the wrong country. In Serbia or Hungary No Visa issues for Russians and Turks.
2022-09-26 17:17
8 replies
Serbia would be literally the best option for EVERYONE, Russians, Europeans, Turks, Asians + cheap to maintain an event and accommodate people
2022-09-26 17:38
7 replies
But they have no studios there Thats why its malta and sweden and australia
2022-09-26 18:15
5 replies
#112
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Serbia DjapeZ
Im pretty sure there are studios. Relog is pretty big, they could organize it.
2022-09-27 08:52
3 replies
im talking specifically about esl
2022-09-27 22:54
2 replies
#126
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Serbia DjapeZ
Yeah but they could organize in collaboration with relog
2022-09-27 23:03
1 reply
they dont even collaborate with faceit doubt they would do it with another, totally unrelated company
2022-09-27 23:08
nvm
2022-09-27 21:19
literally but probs dont have a facility there like what above said
2022-09-26 19:47
Rip bozo
2022-09-26 17:01
#32
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Germany who|cars
UnlukoBenched
2022-09-26 17:03
#33
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Spain batxe
what's the meaning of not allowing more than 1 stand-in? everywhere else a 3-man core is needed to keep the spots, why not the same here?
2022-09-26 17:05
1 reply
That's a fair point actually, there is probably a counter-argument to this but its 3am here and I am tired
2022-09-26 18:53
Ha the politics rip
2022-09-26 17:11
nvm i didnt read
2022-09-26 17:12
2 replies
#39
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El Salvador rekyyssalk
If Benched Heroes are to miss out, the rules state that they will be replaced by Illuminar, as their 7th place finish in the fourth open qualifier makes them the highest seeded team.
2022-09-26 17:14
1 reply
Thanks, yea skimmed past that part of the article. Wonder how Illuminar are feeling right now lol.
2022-09-26 17:18
unfortunate but expected
2022-09-26 17:19
aunkere is already washed anyway
2022-09-26 17:38
#53
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United Kingdom Leftie
ngl, i hope Benched Heroes make it, i just want to see Smooya back at a top tier event of some sort. He's rat king, but he's damn good at the game
2022-09-26 17:47
#54
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Saint Vincent and the Grenadines ALLAHTARES
calyx's gonna get the visa most likely
2022-09-26 17:49
#56
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Denmark JHelms
"They would still be one player short and unable to compete" Surely they can still compete? The Major Supplemental Rulebook states that if a team has already used their sub and are unable to field a full team, they may forfeit or be forces to play shorthand, so with Thomas they should be able to play 4v5 if they wish to do so.
2022-09-26 18:01
1 reply
I think that only applies after the team of 5+1 players checks in at the event (ie: 2 players get ill after getting to malta). If they cant field 5 players in the first place, they would have to forfeit the spot
2022-09-26 18:17
#64
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Estonia Kukkel
There's so much time, they can fix all these things easily
2022-09-26 18:18
Aunkere Sadge
2022-09-26 18:18
Aunkere's situation is understandable being Russian. For Calyx, as a Turk, it should be simply a formality of applying for a visa?
2022-09-26 18:35
2 replies
Also Fear is Russian bro
2022-09-26 18:45
1 reply
Fear is Ukrainian
2022-09-26 19:32
#70
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United States zovint
deserved
2022-09-26 18:46
Come on illuminar
2022-09-26 18:55
#78
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Equatorial Guinea Karlheinz
poor guys ;C
2022-09-26 19:06
#80
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Poland karov
unlucko
2022-09-26 19:16
extremely unlucko. i hope they find a way to play 4v5
2022-09-26 19:29
Thats just sad, illuminar doesnt deserve the free ride into RMR because of VISA issues.
2022-09-26 19:35
time for tomchad to sub in
2022-09-26 19:53
Really sad for them. Would have loved to see smooooooooooya at the event... *sigh*
2022-09-26 20:25
#93
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Australia poppyxox
PLEASE MALTA EMBASSY
2022-09-26 20:46
F
2022-09-27 00:28
oh shit no SMOoOoOoOoOoOoYaaa V.2 :'(
2022-09-27 00:43
Soon teams will realise it is not worth it to play with russians. And it will only get worse, this is just a beginning.
2022-09-27 00:49
1 reply
#114
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Serbia DjapeZ
I dont think its problem about him being Russian, its about having no support of some big organisation or team i guess, at least here in Malta. I mean i, like probably most people here dont know what are conditions for containing a visa in Malta so i cant really say how it is, but even after 10+ Russians having visa problems they are still 2nd most numerous on Rmrs
2022-09-27 09:05
Portuguese family should be called to be in rmr because they finished 6th in the first qualifier.
2022-09-27 01:45
#110
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Russia el1ge_
smooya vs s1mple..? :(
2022-09-27 07:46
#113
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Serbia DjapeZ
Unfortunately, but all of it could be resolved earlier if ESL cared
2022-09-27 08:57
#119
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Ukraine ylexar
Rip aunkere hahaha
2022-09-27 12:53
F
2022-09-27 13:00
F
2022-09-27 16:49
gl next time
2022-09-30 02:26
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