- Two Filipino Dota 2 teams, TNC and Execration, will head to Seattle for TI6 after the U.S. embassy approved their visas
- Both teams were in the danger of missing the tournament when they were advised to reapply for athletic visas by the U.S. government
- TNC took the first spot in the qualifier games, while Execration will join the Wild Card Qualifiers for a chance in the main event
Dota 2 fans in the Philippines, rejoice!
Both TNC and Execration are one flight away from ‘The International 6,’ the eSports competition organized by Dota 2 developer Valve, when they finally secured their visa.
The U.S. Embassy in Manila finally gave the approval for the Southeast Asian regional qualifiers to fly to Seattle, where the competition will be held for the fifth consecutive year.
Less than 3 weeks before the competition starts, the U.S. government has rejected their applications and advised them to apply for an athletic visa instead. Since an athletic visa would require an application period of two to three months, they might miss the prestigious event.
Paulo Sy, TNC Pro’s manager, didn’t see it as a negative situation because according to him, the fact that the United States is granting athletic visas to pro players is good for the whole eSports community.
Both teams then proceeded to ask help from Senator Benigno “Bam” Paolo Aquino, Tryke Gutierrez of the Philippine eSports Organization, and Joebert Yu from Philippine eSports Association (PesPA) to negotiate with the embassy.
An earnest message was given by Eric Redulfin, TNC Pro Team’s owner, upon hearing the good news. Aside from the people mentioned above who helped including Valve, Redulfin also thanked U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell, who have been helping players regarding their visa issues since ‘The International 5.’ The longest part of his message was addressed to their dedicated fans and supporters.
TNC Pro Team made history as the first Filipino team to take the top spot in the Southeast Asian regional qualifiers while Execration will play for the Wild Card qualifiers to have a chance in joining the main event.
Meanwhile, ‘The International 6’ just became the largest prize pool in the history of eSports. This was after Valve announced that 25% of the tournament’s battle pass sales will be added to their initial pool prize of $1.6 million dollars.
The sequel to the Defense of the Ancients (DotA), Dota 2, is a multiplayer online battle arena videogame by Valve Corporation. Various leagues and tournaments were set up for professional players around the world. Coverage of these games are broadcasted online and on selected television networks.