Na`Vi's Russian duo Egor "flamie" Vasilyev and Denis "seized" Kostin have been forced to miss ESWC 2015 due to their visa applications not being accepted in time.
Visa issues have always plagued Russian players, with notablyGeorgi "WorldEdit" Yaskin from FlipSid3 missing ESWC as well, being replaced by Spencer "Hiko" Martin.
We reported of Natus Vincere's visa issues a few days ago, but today morning the final blow to the hopes of the squad fielding its full roster in Montreal has been dealt.
Both Egor "flamie" Vasilyev and Denis "seized" Kostin will be staying home from the $75,000 tournament, as their visa applications to Canada were not accepted in time for today's flight.
|Na`Vi's Russian duo miss ESWC due to visa issues (photo hltv.org)|
Replacing the Russians for Na`Vi, who are already on-site otherwise, will be their two former players, including current coach, Sergey "starix" Ischuk and Arseny "ceh9" Trynozhenko.
Vasilyev has informed HLTV.org that they should still be able to obtain visas in time for CEVO Pro Season 7 Finals, where Na`Vi are set to compete for another $75,000 in two weeks.
Natus Vincere will begin their campaign at ESWC 2015 with their two stand-ins tomorrow at 21:30 versus Luminosity, with SK and Titan also sharing their group.