HappyFeet to Miss ESL Hamburg Major Due to Visa Issues

HappyFeet, who are the only non-Mineski team to qualify for a Pro Circuit tournament from Southeast Asia this season, are going to miss the ESL One Hamburg Major next week.

The Philippines-based organisation announced the unfortunate news via Facebook earlier today, citing “time constraints and several issues” as the primary reasons for them being unable to secure their visas in time.

We won't be able to attend ESL One Hamburg 2017 because of Visa issues. We tried our best to secure our visas but still…

Posted by Happy Feet (OLSTAH) on Wednesday, October 18, 2017

The emergence of Mineski has made qualifier spots in Southeast Asia hard to come by. However, HappyFeet caught a lucky break during the SEA Qualifier for the ESL Hamburg Major.

With Fnatic, TNC Pro Team and Mineski all lumped up together in the same bracket, the region’s powerhouse teams ended up eliminating each other, giving the All-Filipino Dota 2 team a relatively easy route to the Grand Finals.

HappyFeet then made the most out of their opportunity with a 3-0 route of Clutch Gamers in the Grand Finals of the SEA Qualifier.

Missing out on the ESL Hamburg Major is a big setback for HappyFeet financially. 

According to Liquipedia, the minimum payout of $20,000 for simply attending the ESL Hamburg Major would have eclipsed HappyFeet’s total earnings in their years as an organisation.

While visa issues are no longer as common today as they were a year or two ago, they still do happen. This season, HappyFeet are, unfortunately, the first team to miss out on a tournament due to visa issues.

Possible HappyFeet Replacements

ESL Hamburg SEA Qualifier runner-ups Clutch Gamers are technically the first in line to take HappyFeet’s slot. However, visa issues could also prevent them from attending the event as well.

This makes Fnatic the next best option; all of their members have competed in either Germany or Europe before. Securing a visa, even in less than a week’s time, should be the least of their worries.

Should Fnatic take SEA’s slot in the first Major of the season, the Malaysia-based organisation will end up playing in two straight LAN tournaments despite not having qualified for any.

Fnatic are rumored to replace Mineski in the Dota PIT League Minor in November after Mineski announced earlier this week that they were backing out of the Minor tournament due to “family” reasons.

Which team do you think should replace HappyFeet in the ESL Hamburg Major? Do you think that time constraints will force ESL to invite a non-SEA team to complete the tournament’s 8-team lineup? Be sure to let us know your thoughts in the comments down below. 

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