Zhou “Yang” Haiyang’s fifth and final attempt for his visa was denied earlier today. ViCi Gaming.Reborn’s offlane player marks the second competitor to be denied a chance to appear at TI6 with their fellow teammates and be awarded the opportunity of a lifetime. Last week LGD Gaming’s Xue “September” Zhichuan has was denied his visa for a fourth time.
According to Zhou “Yang” Haiyang’s Weibo, his visa application was rejected for a fifth and final time – making it impossible for him to attend TI6.
ViCi Gaming.Reborn has a reliable and proven stand-in with their coach, Tong “Mikasa” Junjie, who made appearances with the team in both the SL i-League Invitational and TI6 Chinese Regional qualifiers in the stead of Wang “NoNo” Xin who was unable to attend due to visa and family issues, respectively.
Both Mikasa and NoNo have already flown out to Seattle with the team in preparation of the big event. Yang was hopeful to receive good news today and to join his team on the stage. This would have been his first appearance at The Internationals. Unfortunately, his dream will not be realized.
Yang began his professional career playing for ViCi Gaming.Potential, in March 2015. He was part of the championship team that took the title in SLTV iLeague invitational in Kiev, in April, and 7th-8th place at the Manila Major in the Philippines.
TI6 visa issues: ViCi Gaming.Reborn, LGD Gaming, TnC, Execration
ViCi Gaming.Reborn was one of four teams to experience the woes of the cumbersome and anxiety producing visa application process.
Last week LGD Gaming’s Xue “September” Zhichuan had been denied his visa for a fourth time and will not attend TI6. He has been replaced by coach/substitute Wang “Banana” Jiao – no stranger to the Internationals.
Luckily, TnC and Execration are already arrived in Seattle as their visas were approved in the witching hour before the main event. After weeks of heart wrenching anxiety and uncertainty, the two Filipino teams – TnC and Execration had finally resolved their visa issues with the support of Senator Bam Aquino and help once again from Senator Cantwell in the United States.