Teams in doubt arrive with complete rosters in time for Europe RMRs

After some Russian players' attendance at the IEM Rio Major-qualifying event was thrown into question over possible visa complications, the three teams in doubt have arrived in Malta with their complete rosters.

In late September, multiple reports came out saying several teams were in danger of missing the Europe Regional Major Ranking tournament in Malta following the European Commission's decision to tighten visa guidelines for Russian citizens traveling to EU countries.

K23, 1WIN, Aurora, and Benched Heroes were the four teams linked with issues with obtaining visas for some of their players and staff.

1WIN's star AWPer deko was among the players facing visa issues

On Thursday it was announced that the mix-team around Owen "⁠smooya⁠" Butterfield would be unable to attend with a complete lineup after Eugene "⁠Aunkere⁠" Karyat and Buğra "⁠Calyx⁠" Arkın were denied visas to travel to Malta. The British AWPer stated that it was a result of "something sadly easily preventable" and a "mistake on our players' ends." Illuminar took their place after finishing seventh in the final European open qualifier.

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The other three teams in question — K23, 1WIN, and Aurora, who boast five, four, and three Russian players, respectively — have all arrived in Malta with their full rosters in time for the start of the tournament on Tuesday, HLTV.org has learned.

Most other teams featuring Russian players, including Cloud9, Natus Vincere, Spirit, G2, and Outsiders, had already obtained visas before they participated in ESL Pro League in the weeks leading up to the RMRs. forZe arrived on the scene in Malta last week and OG's Abdul "⁠degster⁠" Gasanov is also already on location.

The European Regional Major Ranking event is split into two 16-team Swiss groups, each of which will have eight spots at the IEM Rio Major on offer. The tournament will take place from October 4-9.

United Kingdom Owen 'smooya' Butterfield
Owen 'smooya' Butterfield
Age:
23
Rating 1.0:
1.17
Maps played:
905
KPR:
0.79
DPR:
0.62
Russia Abdul 'degster' Gasanov
Abdul 'degster' Gasanov
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.18
Maps played:
718
KPR:
0.78
DPR:
0.60
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
damn
2022-10-03 15:17
#3
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United States Cracked813
Benched hero’s died for this
2022-10-03 15:17
#6
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North America minte
Illuminar 0-3 for this
2022-10-03 15:18
4 replies
2-3
2022-10-03 15:26
3 replies
#11
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North America minte
i arent sure about that
2022-10-03 15:27
#12
Snax | 
Europe Jezynt
1-3 only winning against bot navi
2022-10-03 15:28
1 reply
+1
2022-10-03 15:58
#7
deko | 
North America kommi
deko 3-0 winning major by himself
2022-10-03 15:20
deko Pog
2022-10-03 15:23
deko show is going to start
2022-10-03 15:24
no smooya-s1mple matchup, sad
2022-10-03 15:31
1 reply
+1
2022-10-03 17:57
Must have been easily preventable indeed. Unless you are totally unaware of what is going on outside of the "CS:GO world" of course.
2022-10-03 15:33
Sucks for Bluejays who won a tournament to be the next replacement, unlucko
2022-10-03 15:34
6 replies
#16
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United Kingdom tomtom94
still would have needed Forward to be unable to make it
2022-10-03 15:35
5 replies
I think there was no chance of Forward making it given they probably didn't expect a chance and Russians trying to get a visa on short notice seems unlikely.
2022-10-03 15:37
1 reply
true
2022-10-03 16:08
#19
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India Noobd1an
Imagine dosia at rmr mens
2022-10-03 15:37
#27
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Germany at0myq
Forward already declined thus the tournament was played I think
2022-10-03 16:05
1 reply
#30
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United Kingdom tomtom94
iirc it was purely a precautionary measure
2022-10-03 16:28
this is unfortunate for russian teams thanks putinnn
2022-10-03 15:42
#21
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Poland BAN_ANIME
benched heroes :(
2022-10-03 15:43
#23
DaDte | 
Russia bult0
That deko pic makes me laugh now
2022-10-03 15:50
5 replies
He truly exudes joy on this picture.
2022-10-03 16:30
1 reply
#35
mhL | 
Russia Ishii
"bro you got the whole squad laughing" pic
2022-10-03 17:00
#47
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Serbia DjapeZ
hes like "what tf u want now"
2022-10-04 00:20
2 replies
#48
DaDte | 
Russia bult0
Nah the thing i mean are memes with his quotes and this pic. Like "leave window right fucking now or the surviving part of your family will have to do it" UPD: mods I've been banned three times during September because messages like these offended someone. That's just a quote and a meme, pls Jonathan it's not offensive behaviour
2022-10-04 11:53
1 reply
#50
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Serbia DjapeZ
XD
2022-10-04 12:06
benched heroes((
2022-10-03 16:30
#39
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Russia mshkoda
deko the legend came to the island
2022-10-03 17:27
title is poorly worded i had to read many times to understand
2022-10-03 17:31
1 reply
commas would help tremendously but no Journalist would add them into a headline sadly
2022-10-03 17:41
ILLUMINAR HONOR GAMING 3-2 PLEASE I WANT THESE HOLO STICKERS
2022-10-03 17:32
Sucks so bad for benched heroes. poor smooyer
2022-10-03 18:01
i go to work 6/7 days a week with deko face ez
2022-10-03 18:20
nice
2022-10-04 11:55
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