posted by Smyke,
It all started last year: Henrik 'AdmiralBulldog' Ahnberg was invited to The International 2017 as a talent, but couldn't make it due to visa issues.

"I know what you're thinking, i'm a god damn baboon."

It's a sad day for all AdmiralBulldog fans. While being part of one of the most recognizable rosters of all time, he has also had a succesful career as a streamer so far. His reputation has put him on the list for several Dota 2 events as an analyst and caster. After his failed attempt to cast at TI7, he was able to secure a position as a talent at DreamLeague Season 8, EPICENTER XL and the China Dota 2 Supermajor.

At The International 2018 he could have finally celebrated his redemption — a second TI invite, this time in Canada. Everything seemed to go well until a tweet popped up today, in which he writes:

Its that time of the year.

I know what you're thinking, i'm a god damn baboon.

Let me just clarify a few things.
Since 2012 I've been travelling to A LOT of different countries around the world and i never had any issues getting there, now you're probably thinking about TI7 USA and that's true but there's a lot of misunderstanding here. All the documents were in order it was just a small mistake that had big repercussion. I used the W word at the border and that meant I got refused as everyone knows.

So for Canada
I just want to be completely transparent with you guys, in my late teens, 8 years ago i did one stupid fucking mistake man. Nothing serious but enough to have a dot on my record and that has never caused any issues travelling anywhere however Canada is very strict about this stuff and while i still can get into Canada the procedures have been unbelievably slow. I started one and a half month ago and i probably need another month or two at least.
And as i said at the start having been to a lot of countries i never had anything close to this, its always been quick so i thought 6 weeks was more than enough, the only one that took a few weeks was for USA and that was just book a visa appointment and then it was done.

You're probably thinking i'm an incompetent baboon and that's probably true on some level but in the 6 years i have been travelling not once have i had issues fixing the necessary documents in time and ofc this had to be for TI. I'm really bummed out about this, I know a lot of people wanted to meet me there so i'm sorry about this and sorry to valve for managing to miss the event twice in a row and i know how important i am to the event, seeing what a failure TI7 was because i missed it, it is likely TI8 will be really bad without me aswell :(

Whats coming up
I will do more events if i get invited, having had a lot of fun at the super major and epicenter its something i want to do more of, i will also be streaming TI from home. Even though I can't go this year, I will ensure this issue is sorted for future events.

This means we won't have the pleasure of hearing his famous voice on the desk of The International, due to a mistake he made eight years ago. He didn't explain what happened back then, but the process of Canada issuing his visa had slowed down enough that he won't make it to Vancouver in time.

However, the Swedish veteran gives hope for the upcoming season: he has enjoyed his casting jobs so far, and will try to attend more events in the upcoming season. For AdmiralBulldog fans the TI experience doesn't have to end here, because he will stream TI from home — at least a small happy ending.

Do you enjoy AdmiralBulldog as a caster? Is it a big loss for the TI8 talent list?

Photo credit: DreamHack - Jennika Ojala