Taimou may miss MLG Vegas opener

Dread was spreading amongst Overwatch fans earlier this morning as a panicked Timo "Taimou" Kettunen took to Twitter, trying to reach his EnVyUs team mates who were nine hours behind him in Las Vegas. The superstar DPS was facing the prospect of being denied entry to the United States as he had not yet been approved for the ESTA visa waiver program.

Two and half hours later he reported in again to confirm that he had missed his original flight, but had been approved for the ESTA scheme and secured a new flight at significant cost. He was already running on a very tight schedule before these complications today and had expected to arrive two hours before his opening match at MLG Vegas, essentially walking from the plane to his PC. However, now it looks like EnVy's Finnish firepower won't be arriving until after their opening match against compLexity.

What exactly nV's options are at this point is unclear, but the possibility that team's manager TazMo or their owner hastr0 may have to stand in until he arrives is a very real one. More than one loss in the GSL-style double elimination groups will see EnVy taking an early exit from the $100,000 tournament, so you can be sure they will be doing everything in their power to find a suitable substitute or come to compromise with the admins who have already bumped their game back to the end of the schedule.

Update: compLexity agreed to push back the match until Saturday morning, clarified by their manager Tiffany "Tifa" Chiu on Reddit:

"Quick update: It's a really unfortunate situation for everyone involved, especially Taimou, so we have agreed to postpone the match to 10:30am PST on Saturday. Get some rest Taimou and glhf when we play on stage tomorrow :)"

#1
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Atleast it seems now that Talespin is still possibility, Taimou told in his Discord that its really possible thing but he doubts its gonna happen.

Pretty sure Timo is there in time!

Atleast it seems now that Talespin is still possibility, Taimou told in his Discord that its really possible thing but he doubts its gonna happen.

Pretty sure Timo is there in time!
#2
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Can't have the classic esports "tourney storyline" without something like this happening!

Can't have the classic esports "tourney storyline" without something like this happening!
#3
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Did he forget to renew his ESTA?

Did he forget to renew his ESTA?
#4
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SnowmanDid he forget to renew his ESTA?

Not sure, it lasts for two years normally

[quote=Snowman]Did he forget to renew his ESTA?[/quote]
Not sure, it lasts for two years normally
#5
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classic timo

classic timo
#6
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AdmirableSnowmanDid he forget to renew his ESTA?Not sure, it lasts for two years normally

Well, assuming he didn't commit a crime, that's the only reason I can think of. :/

[quote=Admirable][quote=Snowman]Did he forget to renew his ESTA?[/quote]
Not sure, it lasts for two years normally[/quote]
Well, assuming he didn't commit a crime, that's the only reason I can think of. :/
#7
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Needs to make it from the runway to the main stage in 60 minutes =D
https://twitter.com/EnVy_Taimou/status/809772303844261888

Needs to make it from the runway to the main stage in 60 minutes =D
https://twitter.com/EnVy_Taimou/status/809772303844261888
#8
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AdmirableNeeds to make it from the runway to the main stage in 60 minutes =D
https://twitter.com/EnVy_Taimou/status/809772303844261888

Definitely doable, McCarran is pretty close to Mandalay Bay, but they'll have to not be cheap about it.

[quote=Admirable]Needs to make it from the runway to the main stage in 60 minutes =D
https://twitter.com/EnVy_Taimou/status/809772303844261888[/quote]

Definitely doable, McCarran is pretty close to Mandalay Bay, but they'll have to not be cheap about it.
#9
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Curious to as if it's the player responsibility or the Coach / Owners responsibility to make sure they have all their documentation correct before playing in a big tournament. Seems like time was cut very close on making this happen yet EnvyUS had about a month time since MLG Vegas announced the teams that would be playing.

Just wondering how these type of things are handled in the esports world.

Curious to as if it's the player responsibility or the Coach / Owners responsibility to make sure they have all their documentation correct before playing in a big tournament. Seems like time was cut very close on making this happen yet EnvyUS had about a month time since MLG Vegas announced the teams that would be playing.

Just wondering how these type of things are handled in the esports world.
#10
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Taimou wrote a detailed response on Reddit: https://www.reddit.com/r/Competitiveoverwatch/comments/5intjk/taimou_may_miss_mlg_vegas_opener/db9tk7g/

Taimou wrote a detailed response on Reddit: https://www.reddit.com/r/Competitiveoverwatch/comments/5intjk/taimou_may_miss_mlg_vegas_opener/db9tk7g/
#11
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Game pushed back to Day 2! Added update to article and updated match ticker.

Game pushed back to Day 2! Added update to article and updated match ticker.
#12
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From that same thread at bottom: (doh beat by admirable)

TifaPls 1 point 31 minutes ago

Quick update: It's a really unfortunate situation for everyone involved, especially Taimou, so we have agreed to postpone the match to 10:30am PST on Saturday. Get some rest Taimou and glhf when we play on stage tomorrow :)

From that same thread at bottom: (doh beat by admirable)

TifaPls 1 point 31 minutes ago

Quick update: It's a really unfortunate situation for everyone involved, especially Taimou, so we have agreed to postpone the match to 10:30am PST on Saturday. Get some rest Taimou and glhf when we play on stage tomorrow :)
#13
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dunked on #12

dunked on #12
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