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Grayhound Gaming, the Oceania representative at the Berlin Major 2019, announced the departure of Erdenetsogt ‘erkaSt’ Gantulga from its roster after the Major, today via Twitter.
The 24-year-old entry rifler who has been with the team for more than two years now via a Twitlonger post shared the disheartening news.
In the post, it has been revealed that erkaSt is leaving the organization as Grayhound has been unsuccessful in obtaining a Visa for him to live permanently or temporarily in Australia. Till now erkaSt had been residing in Australia on his Student Visa, while simultaneously competing in Counter-Strike tournaments as a part of Grayhound.
He is one of the earliest players to have joined Grayhound’s current roster and it will surely leave a huge hole in the team’s line-up, which has been doing quite well for themselves in recent times.
The news has come out officially a few days after there were rumours circling the fact that erkaSt along with top Mongolian players, Erdene ‘Dobu’ Batbold and Batbayar ‘kabal’ Bat-Enkh, might be looking to build a new all-Mongolian team after the Major.
While fans are often frustrated to witness teams not making it to an international event due to Visa issues, the problem has certainly decreased in the EU and NA regions where esports is catching up, but some other regions are still facing a problem in this department.
In this case, the issue might not be the same, but once again a Visa problem is the reason behind the best team from Oceania losing out on a great player.
It will be interesting to see if this development affects the team's performance in the coming Major. Let’s see how far Grayhound can go in the last tournament that they place with this line-up.