Chinese organization Xtreme Gaming will not be attending the Arlington Major after running into visa issues.
Carry player Lou “lou” Zhen’s visa application process was denied three times, according to a Weibo post from Xtreme Gaming.
The organization wrote that after considering all the difficulties, including trying to return to China due to its zero-COVID policy, they will forfeit the Major slot to prepare for the upcoming The International 11 qualifiers.
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Xtreme Gaming will need to contest the Regional Qualifiers to go to TI11
Even if Xtreme Gaming could attend the Major, it’ll be a tough ask for them to qualify directly to The International 11.
The Chinese team currently sits at 18th in the Dota Pro Circuit 2021-2022 rankings with 440 points. To obtain a direct slot, they’ll likely need at least a top three finish, a tough feat without their main carry.
Their absence means only three Chinese teams–PSG.LGD, Royal Never Give Up, and Team Aster–will attend the Major.
The Major features a prize pool of $500,000. It will be held in Esports Stadium Arlington, the largest dedicated esports facility in North America, from August 4 to 14.
This will be the last Major of the DPC 2021/2022 season before The International 11, and the last chance for teams to gain DPC points for qualification.
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