Der russische Jungler Danil 'Diamondprox' Reshetnikov darf ab sofort nicht mehr in der EU LCS antreten. Ihm wird ein Arbeits-Visa in Deutschland verwehrt, da seine Tätigkeit nicht als Arbeit angesehen wird, wie er in seinem Facebook-Post erklärt.
Update: Auch ROCCATs Support Edward 'Edward' Abgarian wird in naher Zukunft nicht in der EU LCS spielen.
I feel really sad and crushed atm. For the past three years EU LCS became kind of a third home for me – it’s a place where not only I fight for success, but also a place where I meet a lot of beautiful ppl every time I come. I really hope to get the visa in the end and to come back to this place, but if not – I’ll miss it a lot.
As for the UOL – I feel really sorry for not being able to play with them in the near future. It was a big joy for me to work in the team-atmosphere we had. I hope they’ll find a good replacement and will still destroy everyone.
Can’t really get my thoughts together well right now, so no in-depth information. In the few following days I’ll think a lot about what I want to do while I’m not allowed to participate in EU LCS. I’ll keep you updated and will most likely answer all your questions on my stream after I come back home.
Such a sad fucking day.
Today we have really sad news to share with you guys.
Our Russian friend Danil „Diamondprox“ Reshetnikov will not be part of the team this week, and probably for the next incoming weeks, due to visa issues.
Despite working closely with Riot, a visa specialized agency, German authorities and the German Ambassy, we have not been able to get a long time permit.
The status of pro-gamer is hard to identify for governements, between „artist“, „performer“, „sportsman“, „technician“… and the German law has currently no answer for a Russian esport player.
We are currently working with high profile people to make eSport an accepted job in Germany so cases like this will not occur again and the rules will change for better.
Looking forward, we wish Danil best on the way as we will miss out on not only a great player but also a close fan.
As for us, we will be actively looking for a good replacement in near future.
We will stay active and keep you updated.
Love and authorities,
Sheepy & Khagneur
Die Unicorns of Love starteten mit drei Siegen aus vier Spielen in den neuen Split und schlugen dabei unter anderem auch Fnatic. Dabei zeigte das Team ungewohnte strategische Tiefe und gehörte damit zweifelsfrei zu den Kandidaten für die Top 4. Wer Diamondprox ersetzen wird, ist zurzeit noch unklar.
Gonna be hard to play without Diamond, but hopefully we'll manage somehow. Don't even know the substitute yet though…
— Kiss Tamás (@Vizicsacsi) 25. Januar 2016