MANILA, Philippines – Team Rave, previously in the news for bagging $150,000 (approximately P6.6 million) in the DOTA 2 Asian Championships, is back in the news again.
This time, however, the team had to withdraw from a US competition because some members were unable to obtain visas, according to a Facebok post from Jio 'Jeyo' Madayag of Rave.
Some of Rave's members were also prevented Friday, April 3, from returning to Korea for training because Philippine immigration officials asked them to disembark from the plane.
Gosugamers reported the team had to pull out of both the joinDOTA MLG Pro League LAN finals and the qualifiers for the Starladder 12 LAN event in Bucharest "because at that time they were looking to get a VISA for The Summit 3 and MLG Pro League LAN."
In the case of the joinDota MLG Pro League, the MLG blog said that Rave would be replaced by team MVP Phoenix, which lost to them in a tiebreaker to qualify for the event.
In attempting to return to Korea for further training, immigration officials reportedly told them to leave the plane they were on after they had already been seated.
Madayag explained on Facebook, "Now this morning I have received news from my team mates that they have been able to go through Philippine immigration, but with a lot of questions asked. They had their passports stamped, and [had] boarded the plane. But a few moments later, the immigration officers went inside the plane to tell my players to leave the plane, as they do not have the necessary documents to fly back to Korea, which is completely false since we have had everything provided to them."
A Mineski.net report said the 3 affected were Mark "Cast" Pilar, Djardel "Chrissy" Mampusti and Ryo "ryOyr" Hasegawa. Jeyo added that due to this, Rave would be unable to train or even compete to the fullest of their potential.
In a frustrated message posted before his explanation, Madayag also said, "What kind of country stops their own countrymen from pursuing their dreams for the pride of their country? Even though 3 of my team mates had all the legal documents prepared, they stopped them from boarding the plane. Asking for unnecessary documents that you need to pay for, the one that should have the right to deny them entry is the country that they will be headed to (Korea). Nice system right there. They've wasted not only our money, but our time." – Rappler.com
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