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The Call of Duty League Stage 4 Major begins in three days for every player except one. Obaid “Asim” Asim of the New York Subliners will likely not be able to attend the event due to visa issues. The Stage 4 Major is the first LAN event for the CDL in over a year but Asim will need to wait for the chance to return to offline play.

Asim, a proud Canadian, has been publicly dealing with visa issues the entire season. With the CDL being offline up until now, he hasn’t had to worry about it as much for previous events. As the world returns to normal though, Asim’s issues with entering the United States has forced him to likely miss the biggest event of the 2021 season.

New York Subliners forced to find a substitute for Asim

Of course, seeing this is heartbreaking for any fans of the Subliners, Asim or the CDL in general. Asim has gone through his fair share of troubles dating back to last season.

Lately, though, it seemed like he and the Subliners were really starting to find their groove. They placed second at the last Major and they are the second seed in Group A for this upcoming Major.

Despite all of his hard work in helping New York get to this point, however, Asim will have to watch his team from home. In his Twitlonger, Asim stated that he likely won’t make it and spoke about how difficult it’s been knowing this.

“I won’t go into details but it’s been a huge obstacle for me to overcome knowing I won’t be there when it matters most.”

He went on to say how excited he was to finally compete on LAN with his teammates, especially Clayster.

“Seeing my team compete on Stage/LAN and me not being able to play sucks. Clay and I have spoken a lot about it and we’ve been so excited to play alongside each other on stage especially since we played against each other in the finals of the last LAN.”

There’s a small glimmer of hope for Asim to make it to the Major but it’s unlikely. This means New York will have to play the event with a fill-in SMG player. There’s no word, as of yet, on who that may be. Following the conclusion of their match against the Toronto Ultra on June 13, the Subliners publicly reached out for help.  James “Clayster” Eubanks asked any and all Call of Duty amateurs if they wanted to join New York on a one-event basis.

Since the Subliners need to leave for the Major later this week, a decision should come quickly.


Joey Carr is a full-time writer for multiple esports and gaming websites. He has 6+ years of experience covering esports and traditional sporting events, including DreamHack Atlanta, Call of Duty Championships 2017, and Super Bowl 53.


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