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    With 12 teams already confirmed for the LA Major, fans anticipate in excitement as they watch for the final three slots get completed. The final three slots from China are almost filled as Invictus Gaming and Royal Never Give Up secure the two Major invites after the first day of the Qualifier Playoffs. Meanwhile, Ame and CDEC fails to continue their run as they lose to Keen Gaming in the Minor Qualifier decider.
    Invictus Gaming sweeps Team Aster
    In game 1, Aster’s ChYuan Puck rotated for early game kills on the IG’s FlyFly Monkey King and JT Legion Commander. But IG stayed on top of the networth as Emo Medusa secures farm and completes a 24-minute Manta and Skadi to help them take down objectives after IG obtains a 5-2 trade. However, Sccc’s Morphling bursts down MK, then the rest of Aster focuses Medusa for a kill, allowing Aster to take the lead. Aster capitalizes their lead and initiates a sod, but the Duel lockdown from IG bursts Morphling as well as two of Aster’s supports. Because of this, IG takes down two sets of racks and by 36 minutes, Emo has Dragon Lance, Manta, Skadi, Butterfly, MKB, and Aegis as they finish the last set of racks as Aster calls gg at 38 minutes.
    IG showed a more dominant game 2 as their draft outlasted Aster in team fights. Aster tried to keep close to IG, but Flyfly Morph, Emo Kunkka, JT Puck, Kaka Nyx, and Oli Lich wiped out Aster’s Sccc Medusa, ChYuan Monkey King, Xxs LC, Fade Earthshaker, and Boboka Venge at 16 minutes, allowing IG to snowball from there and continued to pick up key kills. By 26 minutes, Aster taps out behind Flyfly’s Godlike streak and Oli’s game-high 17 assists over the 24-9 victory for IG to take the first Major slot from China.
    RNG survives Ehome
    RNG mounts a comeback in game 1 behind Monet Lifestealer’s 11/2/12 after 50 minutes of action. In the early game, Ehome gave Setstu Void Spirit and Monet a hard time in their lanes. Because of this, NothingtoSay Templar Assassin completes the Blink, BKB, and Butterfly by 27 minutes as they get the Aegis on him. RNG retaliates with two consecutive kills on Ehome Sylar’s Drow Ranger. The 5k lead went down to 2k as RNG completes their core items and catch Templar Assassin to finally turn the networth in their favor for the first time this game. With RNG finally controlling the map, Lifestealer gets the Aegis and initiates a fight where they secure a 4-1 chase to take down objectives. In their last stand, Ehome loses all three of their cores as RNG kills them on their own high ground and just like that, RNG completes their comeback with a 16k networth lead.
    RNG’s high ground defense allowed them to accomplish a comeback behind Monet’s six-slotted Riki carry after 57 minutes. Ehome were strong in the early game, catching RNG’s cores with Faith Bian’s Hookshots from Clockwerk. Ehome even pinned RNG to an 18-7 kill score as Sylar’s Morph and NothingtoSay Pugna secure their farm. However, the ratting from September’s Treant Protector and Setsu Puck kept RNG alive as Flyby Timbersaw tanks the gank attempts. RNG initiates and wipes 4 of Ehome thanks to Monet’s Nullifier and Linken by 45 minutes, giving RNG a chance to control the map. With Aegis on Monet, RNG was able to take down two sets of racks. Ehome managed to hold on to their top racks, but the massive silence AOE from Setsu Puck gave RNG the chance to pick off the spell-dependent lineup of Ehome. After Monet and the rest of RNG kills Morphling after his buyback, Ehome calls gg and gives the second Major slot to RNG with a 24-23 victory.
    CDEC falls to KG
    For the tiebreaker at the Minor Qualifiers, Keen Gaming ends CDEC’s run after three games. In the first game, Keen Gaming had the constant lead, but CDEC managed to hold on and gets kills that were not enough to mount a comeback. For game 2, Ame Morphling carried CDEC after succeeding to hold high ground and comeback to force a game 3. In the deciding game, KG denies the comeback from CDEC as KG’s Leshrac finishes them with 11/2/9 together with Kamma’s 26k damage on Spectre to win the game.
    Tomorrow will decide who will get the last Major slot for China between Aster and Ehome. Who do you think will win? Meanwhile, CDEC joins LGD for a disappointing result for this Major. Will LGD pick up Ame back?
    On the other hand, IG and RNG stayed atop of their groups and prove everyone that they are capable of crushing anyone with their playstyles and drafts. Can IG finish a better placement at this Major? Can RNG show strong at their first Major this season?

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    3 days ago

    WePlay! Dota 2 Tug of War: Mad Moon is ready to roll and GosuGamers has all the info you need to enjoy the big event.
    On the heels of their stunning event WePlay! Bukovel Minor last month, the team at WePlay! Esports is at it again, presenting another premier LAN event that is sure to rival any DPC event.
    With $300,000 on the line and some of the elite and fan-favorite teams on board, WePlay! ToW: Mad Moon begins a fierce battle today, February 19th at 13:00 CET with the group stage opening matches and will end on Sunday, February 23rd, crowing a new champion.
    WePlay! Dota 2 Tug of War: Mad Moon Teams
    Europe Team Secret (Direct Invite)
    CIS Gambit (Direct Invite)
    Europe Nigma esports (Direct Invite)
    Russia Virtus.pro (Direct Invite)
    Europe NiP (Radiant Winner)
    CIS B8 (Dire Asia Representative)
    Peru Infamous (Dire America Winner)
    Europe Aggressive Mode (Reshuffle Madness 2019 representative)
    WePlay! Dota 2 Tug of War: Mad Moon Groups
    Group A
    B8
    Gambit
    Infamous
    Team Secret
    Group B
    Aggressive Mode
    Nigma
    NiP
    Virtus.pro
    WePlay! Dota 2 Tug of War: Mad Moon Format
    Participants:
    Four invited teams
    One team each from the Dire Radiant, Dire Asia, Dire America and Reshuffle Madness 2019
    Group Stage: - February 19th-20th
    Two GSL groups of four teams each
    Decider match are Bo1, all other matches are Bo3
    Top team in each group advance to the semifinals of the upper bracket
    2nd and 3rd placed teams advance to the quarterfinals of the upper bracket
    Bottom team in each group is eliminated
    Playoffs: - February 20th-23th
    Double-elimination bracket
    Grand Final is Bo5, all other matches are Bo3
    WePlay! Dota 2 Tug of War: Mad Moon Broadcast
    English Speaking Twitch: WePlay EN | 2 | 3 | 4
    Russia Twitch: WePlay RU | 2 | 3 | 4
    Ukraine Twitch: WePlay UA
    Brazil Twitch: MissClick TV | 2
    WePlay! Dota 2 Tug of War: Mad Moon Prize Pool
    $300,000 USD is spread among all of the teams. In addition there will be prizes awarded to two additional players.
    Place $ USD Team
    1st $130,000 TBD
    2nd $60,000 TBD
    3rd $30,000 TBD
    4th $20,000 TBD
    5th-6th $12,000 TBD
    TBD
    7th-8th $8,000 TBD
    TBD
    Award $ USD Player Team
    The Best Core $10,000 TBD TBD
    The Best Support $10,000 TBD TBD
    WePlay! Tug of War: Mad Moon
    Eight teams will fight for a total prize pool of $300,000. The tournament will be hosted in the Concert Hall VDNG in Kyiv, Ukraine. The champions of Radiant, Dire Asia, Dire America and Reshuffle Madness 2019 are joined by four invited teams.

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    3 days ago

    One week after twelve other teams were set for ESL One Los Angeles Major, the three Chinese representatives have been determined.
    The Chinese qualifiers for the third wave of DPC 2019-2020 season events were postponed due to the impact CoronaVirus has had on the region.
    Now the dust has finally settled and three teams are hoping to travel to the United States to participate in the ESL One Los Angeles Major set to begin March 15th. If getting visas wasn't already troublesome, the players from China now have less than a month's time to secure them —and even then, there are still some big questions lingering on how feasible it will be for them to travel to the event.
    For now, Valve has not indicated any mitigation or risk management plans in the event of the teams being unable to participate, so without further ado, welcome Invictus Gaming, Royal Never Give Up and EHOME to the lineup.
    The StarLadder Minor Chinese qualifiers will continue over the course of the next two days and one more team from the region —Team Aster, Newbee, Keen Gaming or Avengers will lock in a ticket for the third round of DPC events.
    ESL One Los Angeles Major Teams
    Europe OG
    Europe NiP
    Europe Team Secret
    China Invictus Gaming
    China Royal Never Give Up
    China EHOME
    Russia Virtus.pro
    Ukraine Na'vi
    SouthEastAsia Team Adroit
    MalaysiaFnatic
    Malaysia Geek Fam
    United States Evil Geniuses
    United States Chaos Esports
    Peru beastcoast
    Peru Thunder Predator
    TBD
    ESL One Los Angeles Major Format
    Participants:
    Fifteen Teams from Regional Qualifiers
    Three teams each from Europe, China and Southeast Asia
    Two teams each from CIS, North and South America
    One team as champion of StarLadder ImbaTV Minor S3
    Group Stage:
    Four GSL groups
    All games are Bo3
    Top two teams advance to the Upper Bracket of the playoffs
    Bottom two teams advance to the Lower Bracket of the playoffs
    Playoffs:
    Double elimination bracket
    First round of the Lower Bracket are Bo1
    All other games are Bo3
    Bo5 Grand Finals
    ESL One Los Angeles Major PrizePool and DPC points
    The prize pool for the tournament is $1,000,000 USD and 15000 Pro Circuit Points.
    Place $ USD DPC Points
    1st $300,000 4,850
    2nd $160,000 3,000
    3rd $110,000 2,100
    4th $80,000 1,350
    5th-6th $60,000 900
    7th-8th $40,000 450
    9th-12th $25,000 150
    13th-16th $12,500 100
    ESL One Los Angeles Major
    Between March 15-22nd, 16 teams —15 determined via qualifiers and the champions from Starladder Minor will battle it out at Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, California for the lion's share of the $1,000,000 prize pool and 15,000 DPC points.

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    Fnatic, Geek Fam, and Team Adroit have qualified for the ESL One Los Angeles Major. While Fnatic and Geek Fam had relatively smooth journeys through the Dota 2 qualifiers, Adroit’s poor internet issues that forced them to forfeit a game didn’t dampen their fire.
    Geek Fam and Fnatic were relatively unchallenged in Group B of the qualifiers. The two teams traded one game apiece in their series and Fnatic dropped an additional game to BOOM Esports, but both made it comfortably into the playoffs where they proceeded to demolish their respective opponents.
    Geek Fam destroyed IO Dota 2 in a series that lasted just under an hour, while Fnatic’s series with Adroit was a disheartening affair. Adroit’s players had to abandon the first game of the series before facing intermittent issues in the second game that saw them concede at the 17-minute mark.
    Fortunately for Adroit, they grasped their second chance firmly. The Filipino team had to relocate to an internet cafe to finish the qualifiers but held strong and took down IO Dota 2 with ease.
    IO Dota 2, a new stack created by legendary Malaysian player Chai “Mushi” Yee Fung, still has some room to grow. The team had some solid performances throughout the qualifiers, taking games off every team in their group, but had trouble against the stiffer competition in the playoffs. Regardless, there’s certainly glimpses of potential, but it’s unclear if Mushi will stick with one squad long enough and stay around for the next set of qualifiers.
    The biggest surprise of the qualifiers was how poorly TNC Predator performed. The MDL Chengdu Major champions took the world by storm with their trademark Filipino aggression that saw their young playmakers consistently outplay opponents backed up by veteran tact. It looked like the perfect formula, but the team’s form has dropped precipitously off a cliff.
    Their slump after the organization’s first Major trophy has continued. TNC have struggled to adapt to the new meta introduced with the Outlanders update. While brawling strategies became the norm, which appeared to fit TNC’s style, the team has stuck to their old drafts and heroes that were immensely successful during their championship runs.
    A team with the three best players the Philippines has to offer continues to generate highlight reels, but there are also games where they looked entirely bereft of ideas. TNC have practically guaranteed their ticket to The International 2020 with their Major win, but they’ll need to take the long route through the Minor if they want to attend the LA Major. The scenery might help them clear their heads and see a return to the tremendous form that left even a two-time TI winner impressed, though.

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    PSG.LGD’s experiment with Malaysian carry Lai “Ahjit” Jay Son has come to an end. The Chinese organization will trial their second carry in just five days, replacing Ahjit with Li “ASD” Zhiwen.
    The team previously cut Wang “Ame” Chunyu, who had been with them for four years, in a shocking roster move that sent Chinese denizens in an uproar. Affectionately known as “A Emperor,” the player has a reputation for being one of the most skilled and stable carries China could offer.
    Unfortunately for Ame, he was just the first victim in a PSG.LGD roster that is scrambling for a fresh look after their disappointing results in the 2019-20 Dota Pro Circuit.
    While PSG.LGD’s tweet has sparse information, more details could be found in the organization’s Weibo post. It cites Ahjit’s poor synergy with the team’s strategies and tactical execution and, due to the unmet standards, Ahjit will be temporarily inactive.
    New recruit ASD will take over the position one role. Much like Ahjit, this will be ASD’s first shot at a tier-one professional team. He had previously milled around the Chinese tier-two scene with teams such as CDEC and Revive. While the player has experience with the carry position, his most recent stint with Revive saw him handle flashy mid heroes.
    PSG.LGD will embark on their journey through the open qualifiers today. There’s no more time for a player swap, so this will be the final look the Chinese titans will take for now. Should the giants stumble once again, there might be much more than just two changes coming to the squad.

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    Five regions have determined their representatives for StarLadder ImbaTV Dota 2 Minor Season 3. One spot for China still remains.
    For those that didn't make the cut for the ESL One Los Angeles Major, the battle waged on for a spot at the StarLadder ImbaTV Dota 2 Minor Season 3 and a final shot at landing at the Major.
    SEA will be sending a new (for the season) representative to the DPC event —BOOM ID. The Indonesian squad is no stranger to DPC events, having been present in previous season Minors. Their return to the circuit is overshadowed by the fact that the current leader in the DPC board, TNC Predator were unable to secure a spot at either the Major or Minor. This leads many to question what the rest of the season will hold for the team and what changes might be in store.
    It wasn't just SEA that had a bit of an upset in the results. Europe will be sending Alliance. It isn't that Alliance themselves are such a shock, afterall it is a powerful region with six top tier teams competing for only four slots. It is how they overpowered the favorites, Nigma esports in the FIFTH and final game of the series. An astonishing comeback in the face of megacreeps was the downfall of Nigma who will now be sitting out yet another DPC event.
    The other regions played out mostly as predicted and China is still a few days away from finalizing their representatives.
    StarLadder ImbaTV Dota 2 Minor Season 3 Teams
    CIS Gambit
    Russia Forze
    United States business associates
    United States Fighting Pandas
    SwedenAlliance
    Indonesia BOOM ID
    Brazil NoPing esports
    China TBD
    StarLadder ImbaTV Dota 2 Minor Season 3 Format
    Participants:
    Eight Teams from Regional Qualifiers
    Two teams each from CIS and North America
    One team each from Europe, China, Southeast Asia and South America
    Group Stage:
    Two GSL groups
    All games are Bo3
    Top two teams advance to the Playoffs
    Bottom two teams are eliminated
    Playoffs:
    Double elimination bracket
    All games are Bo3
    Bo5 Grand Finals
    StarLadder ImbaTV Dota 2 Minor Season 3 Prize and DPC point distribution
    Place Prize Pool Points
    1 $72,000 140*
    2 $60,000 120
    3 $54,000 110
    4 $42,000 90
    5-6 $24,000 60
    5-6 $24,000 60
    7-8 $12,000 40
    7-8 $12,000 40
    *Since the minor winner also gets to participate in the major, they will only get points for the event in which they placed better (e.g: If they place last in the major, they will only get 140 points for winning the minor. If they place 8th instead, they'd get the 450 points for the major but not the 140 points from the minor)
    StarLadder ImbaTV Dota 2 Minor Season 3
    Between March 5-8th, eight teams determined via qualifiers will battle it out in Kyiv, Ukraine for the lion's share of the $300,000 prize pool and 660 DPC points as well as the highly coveted spot at the ESL One Los Angeles Major taking place in Los Angeles, California March 15-22nd.

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    5 days ago

    Twelve teams to attend the ESL One Los Angeles Major have been determined. Only the three representatives for China and the winner of Starladder Minor are left.
    The third wave of DPC 2019-2020 season qualifiers is already underway with the bulk of participating teams already sorted out.
    South America got the most attention in the open qualifiers after ESL had disqualified multiple teams from competing due to not being 'registered in the DPC page'. This was a gross misunderstanding on the organization's part in terms of the process and although addressed by managers and community, it was already too late for those teams. However, most eyes were on EU for the open qualifiers as OG and their new project, OG seed cruised through with little problem, securing both available spots for the famed organization.
    Once the dust had settled, the regional affairs began.
    SEA was full of internet issues with Team Adroit being forced to forfeit the first game in the semi-finals of the playoffs against Fnatic due to loss of internet. Their woes continued after and eventually, the team ended up going to an internet cafe to play out their remaining series — ultimately landing them a spot to compete in LA alongside Fnatic and Geek Fam. Reality Rift and TNC Predator will need to compete for the sole spot in the Starladder Minor if they hope for more DPC points.
    Despite all of the unrest in roster (in)stability for the CIS region and Danil "Dendi" Ishutin having announced his new organization B8, things mostly panned out as expected with Virtus.pro and Na'vi claiming the spots, their second Major for both.
    Europe had a few surprises in store for fans. Nigma esports once again had a poor showing in the closed qualifiers and missed the boat for the Major. They will have to once again find their way into the Minor, seize the championship title and earn their spot at the Major the hard way, or should we say their way?. Team Secret once again dominated going through the entire regional qualifiers without dropping a single game. OG was right on their heels conceding only one game in the group stage portion. A bigger surprise was to see NiP, who had made two-player changes leading up to the event, come out on top for a spot in their first Major. Nigma, Team Liquid, and Alliance will all need to battle it out for the ONE spot in the Starladder Minor.
    North America results were of little surprise as Evil Geniuses dropped only one match to the second qualified team, Chaos Esports. Fighting Pandas and J.Storm's ex-roster (the players and organization quietly parted ways during the dark hours of some night behind locked doors and under a veil of mystery) will be seeking a place at the Minor, both mostly assured a spot with two allocations for the region.
    After infinite rounds of tiebreakers for the group stage between beastcoast, FURIA esports and Infamous, fans were finally able to see the playoff action which yielded favorable results for the most famed and beloved SA team (beastcoast, in case you live under a rock) and Thunder Predator, filled with veteran players from Peru who had survived the open qualifier ordeal.
    For China, there was a week delay to accommodate the impact CoronaVirus has had on the region. The open qualifiers just kicked off yesterday and are expected to finish today. The closed qualifiers will begin on Friday, February 14th.
    PSG.LGD took advantage of the delay to change their roster —not once, but twice. One day after the announcement of the adjusted dates, the TI7 runner up organization announced a roster swap with CDEC of Wang "Ame" Chunyu for Lai "Ahjit" Jay Son. It didn't last long. One day before the open qualifiers LGD announced they had benched Ahjit (yes, a whopping five days after the transfer), welcoming Li "ASD" Zhiwen to the team instead.
    ESL One Los Angeles Major Teams
    Europe OG
    Europe NiP
    Europe Team Secret
    China TBD
    China TBD
    China TBD
    Russia Virtus.pro
    Ukraine Na'vi
    SouthEastAsia Team Adroit
    MalaysiaFnatic
    Malaysia Geek Fam
    United States Evil Geniuses
    United States Chaos Esports
    Peru beastcoast
    Peru Thunder Predator

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    A roster swap and a delay in the third wave of DPC 2019-2020 season qualifiers were the big news for the region heading into the weekend.

    The qualifiers for ESL One Los Angeles Major and Starladder Minor kicked off in all regions except for China. The open qualifiers expected to start on February 7th were postponed until February 14th to accommodate the impact CoronaVirus has had on the region.
    While that might be great news on one hand, on the other it does mean one week less for teams and players to secure their visas to the United States and Ukraine - something that may come as a heavy price later on. Starladder Minor starts March 5th and ESL One Major starts March 15th.
    It seems that PSG.LGD and CDEC took advantage of the delay and one day later announced on weibo, that they would be swapping players between them.
    Wang "Ame" Chunyu will be transferring to CDEC as Lai "Ahjit" Jay Son will come on board to PSG.LGD.
    PSG.LGD made no roster changes heading into the new DPC 2019-2020 season and then proceeded to take the first event off. A dismal showing at One Esports Dota 2 Invitational in Singapore, where the team took a disappointing 9-10th place finish, was enough to make fans slightly nervous. Then, relegated to the open qualifiers for the second wave of DPC 2019-2020 season events (thanks to having no DPC points earned yet) the team was unable to make it through to the closed qualifiers. Not only did this mean they missed the second set of events for the season, but it also meant they would have to once again play in the open qualifiers for the third set. Cold feet last minute, or perhaps good fortune - the delay for the qualifiers gave the TI8 runner up the team the chance to make a needed change.
    CDEC, along with seven other teams, received an invite to the closed qualifiers. PSG.LGD will be battling it out once again in the opens starting on Friday, February 14th.
    PSG.LGD roster:
    Malaysia Lai "Ahjit" Jay Son
    China Lu "SOMNUS丶M" Yao
    China Yang "Challice" Shenyi
    China Xu "Fy" Linsen
    Malaysia Yap "xNova" Jian Wei

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    Commented subject B8 lineup revealed.
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    B8 has finally announced its Dota 2 roster which will be competing in the open qualifiers for the third wave of Majors/Minors for the DPC 2019-2020 season.
    Less than two weeks ago, Danil "Dendi" Ishutin announced his new organization B8 and the intention to field a Dota 2 roster for the rest of the DPC 2019-2020 season.
    Rumors had been rampant about what that lineup was going to look like, but in the end, there were definitely some changes that fans were not expecting. And to be honest, some of the reason behind that continues to cast a shadow on the instability and struggles of newer and up-and-coming teams.
    As the roster reveal unfolded, Dendi also took it upon himself to talk about the roster selection process and a major hurdle the team has already had to overcome in just a few weeks.
    Having had already been training and a bootcamp, the roster originally included Zaur "Cooman" Shakhmurzaev in the carry role. However, the player decided to suddenly leave the team for an offer from Virtus.pro and left B8 just days before the open qualifiers.
    It was then that they were able to secure a new face to the lineup, welcoming Alexandr "pio65" Zalivako on such short notice. The Belarussian player started playing competitively in 2017 with some of the regional tier 2 teams.
    Pulling themselves back together, B8 will be braving the CIS open qualifiers starting later today, February 7th for one of two spots in the regional qualifiers.
    B8 roster:
    Belarus Alexandr 'pio65' Zalivako
    Ukraine Danil 'Dendi' Ishutin
    Ukraine Andrey 'Ghostik' Kadyk
    Russia Rinat 'KingR' Abdulli
    Serbia Nikola 'LeBronMP3' Popovic

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    Chaos Esports Club picks up their fifth player just days before the third wave of DPC 2019-2020 season qualifiers begin.

    Chaos Esports has had a bumpy start and road to TI2020 that has been littered with obstacles, roster instability, ups and downs, and mixed results. Forming as Quincy Crew at the start of the new DPC 2019-2020 season, the roster included Syed Sumail "Suma1L" Hassan playing alongside his brother Yawar "YawaR" Hassan. The lineup didn't last long and in the blink of an eye just after the team qualified for The Summit Minor, Suma1L was out of the team.



    They didn't let that stop them and in fact, were picked up by Chaos Esports Club in time for the big event. They recruited Jonáš "Saberlight-" Volek on a trial basis and were ready to roll. They made an impressive showing, coming in hot in 2nd place at the event but then returned Czech player back to Team Singularity immediately after.

    A few days later they brought in Dmitry "DM" Dorokhin from Russian for the offlane position. The team qualified for DreamLeague Season 13 Leipzig Major and again, the future seemed promising. At the main event, they, unfortunately, took a disappointing 13-16th place finish, failing to clinch a single win during their run.

    The team quickly bid farewell to DM and now have made another switch up to the roster.
    Arif 'MSS' Anwar will return to offlane with Malthe "Biver" Winther assuming the support position that he is so experienced in. Ninjas in Pyjamas never really disclosed what happened to Biver, but when they announced their new lineup for the upcoming qualifiers, fans immediately noticed that the Danish player was no longer part of the team.

    The ESL One Los Angeles Major/Starladder Minor qualifiers are set to begin this weekend with the open quals followed by the regional ones immediately after. North America has been allocated two slots for the Major and two slots for the Minor.

    Chaos Esports Roster
    Pakistan Yawar 'YawaR' Hassan
    United States Quinn 'CC&C' Callahan
    United States Arif 'MSS' Anwar
    Denmark Malthe "Biver" Winther
    United States Avery 'SVG' Silverman

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    Topias “Topson” Taatvisainen has become a new man after his consecutive International championships. His glow-up has extended to his hero pool, showing off Dota 2‘s newest addition to the game throughout the ESL One Los Angeles Major qualifiers.
    Inai the Void Spirit was released as part of the Outlanders update in November 2019. The hero’s mobility and high-octane playstyle coupled with his strong laning ability seemed tailor-made for Topson’s penchant for lane dominance and roaming aggression.
    It turns out that OG felt the same way. The team consistently snapped up Void Spirit in the first phase of the draft and entrusted their mid laner with it. Topson, already used to exceeding expectations, smashed opposing teams to bits.
    Void Spirit’s kit is filled with magic damage and his intelligence attribute meant that players leaned toward building Inai as a spellcaster.
    Topson went for a more unconventional build by fully focusing on damage. Void Spirit’s cheap spells and decent intelligence gain meant that the hero rarely runs out of mana with just a Bottle and Treads-switching.
    Physical damage generally scales better into the late game, too. Void Spirit benefits from it since his ultimate is based off his attack damage. Since Crystalys has gotten multiple damage buffs, it’s become one of the most gold-efficient offensive items—and Topson always rushes it as his first big purchase.
    OG weren’t the only team that liked the hero. Throughout the closed qualifiers, Void Spirt was picked 70 times as the fourth-most played hero. Though the hero was immensely successful in Topson’s hands, it had a subpar win rate below 50 percent otherwise. For now, it seems that Topson has a firmer grasp on the hero compared to other players.
    Topson’s final game on Void Spirit vs. Team Singularity marked the last time OG managed to pick up the hero in the draft. The proceeding five games for OG saw their opponents ban Inai in the first phase, which culminated in OG’s only loss against Team Liquid through their qualifiers run.
    With OG having secured their slot at the LA Major and forcing yet another Topson hero into the ban pool, opposing teams already have a timely reminder that while OG might have a new roster, Topson remains an offbeat headache for all who dare to challenge his team’s crown.

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    Dota 2 has been dealing with matchmaking issues for a long time, but Valve has been taking more steps over the last year to try and improve it by making sure players are playing the game the right way and not abusing the system.
    Valve announced today that the developers of Dota banned more than 40,000 accounts for abusing the game’s matchmaking system, although the exact definition of “abuse” in this situation is still unknown. But unlike the previous ban, this acts as a game ban, not just a ranked matchmaking ban.
    This change comes along with an update to the Dota client itself, which is making changes to Valve’s smurf detection system that will help fight back against boosting and smurf accounts.
    “We are making our smurf detection system more sensitive in this update,” Valve said. “This change will much more proactively target potential smurf accounts, but may on rare occasion give a normal player extra MMR.”
    This most recent ban wave adds to several others that have come through over the last six months, with players who have extremely bad behavior scores or those caught using exploits being removed from ranked matchmaking and sometimes just being unable to play Dota. It seems like Valve’s recent report is targeting boosting accounts and players who actively try to ruin or stack games through using various exploits within the matchmaking system.
    Here are the three core reasons Valve listed for banning players when the first 20-year ban wave happened last September.
    Players with extremely low behavior scores
    Breaking Steam’s ToS regarding the buying and selling of accounts
    Players detected using exploits to gain an advantage over other players
    Up until this point, it seemed like Valve was focusing more on improving the game by making sure players with low behavior scores wouldn’t just be making matches toxic for the people trying to have fun with the game. But now, it looks like the devs have a good system in place for that portion of the rules and are moving on to ToS and exploit management.
    Considering Dota 2’s current concurrent player count for January was around 378,925, that means Valve just banned slightly over 10 percent of its entire player base. It’s a good sign that the company is aware of the bigger issues within the game and is going to continue working on making matchmaking better, even if it makes the game’s numbers drop slightly.
    Boosting and smurfing are both big problems in the community right now, but these changes and banning accounts from the game instead of just matchmaking could help fix things.

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    1 week ago

    The civil court examination between Valve Corporation and tournament organizer Global Electronic Sports Company Ltd. will take place on Feb. 12 in the High Court of the Republic of Singapore, according to the latest docket entries.
    The hearing will decide what assets GESC owns and has readily available to pay to satisfy its debt.
    Valve prevailed in its lawsuit against GESC, filed on April 8. The court decided that GESC had to undergo an examination of the judgment debtor, which is set to take place tomorrow. This means that GESC could pay an undisclosed debt owed to Valve, which is the judgment creditor in this case. GESC will provide supporting documentation and complete a questionnaire regarding assets.
    Upon completion, Valve could decide whether it’s satisfied with the answers and documentation provided. If Valve is satisfied, GESC will likely have to pay off its debts from the defined assets. If Valve isn’t satisfied, GESC will have to declare the supporting documentation under oath and pay off its debt owed once completed. If GESC doesn’t attend this hearing, the representatives face further legal action, including incarceration.
    These hearings are typically used to put pressure on companies to pay debts. Although the determined debt isn’t clear, GESC owes $750,000 in prizes and wages from two Dota 2 Minor events, GESC Indonesia and Thailand, which took place in March and May 2018, according to an open letter collected by agencies, teams, players, and talent who attended the events.
    Dot Esports has requested a comment from Valve and GESC.

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    1 week ago

    Nigma are the first high-profile victim of one of the most stacked Dota 2 closed qualifiers in recent memory.
    ESL One Los Angeles Major’s European qualifiers contained the three most recent International winners (OG twice and Nigma), the most recent Major winner (Secret with their Leipzig Major championship) and two of the top-six placing teams at the Leipzig Major (Alliance and Liquid).
    With just three teams heading to the LA Major and one to the StarLadder ImbaTV Minor, it was inevitable for giants to fall. Even then, Nigma’s uncharacteristically poor performances have garnered some concern.
    Nigma have one series left to play against OG.Seed, but they’ve been mathematically locked out of contention after winning just one game in their first three series.
    If OG.Seed win both games vs. Nigma, they’ll follow their parent team OG into the playoffs for a Major berth. Nigma still run the risk of being eliminated entirely from the qualifiers if they fail to win at least one game in their last series, meaning that they’d miss the third round of the 2019-20 Dota Pro Circuit.
    Nigma opted to skip the first Major of the season as they transitioned to a player-owned organization after their legendary run as Team Liquid ended with a runners-up placement at The International 2019. Their results this season, by their own high standards, have been lackluster.
    Nigma had a relatively poor showing at the Leipzig Major, only achieving a top-12 placing. They lost to a surging beastcoast after an exhausting run that saw them play through the qualifiers, win the Minor tournament after falling to the lower bracket, and then proceed to the Major with barely a week’s rest. It was understandable that some sort of fatigue would set in.
    Now, the excuse won’t hold water. Nigma looked entirely bereft of ideas during the qualifiers. They experimented with a Night Stalker and Io carry on different occasions, both of whom have been nerfed after their brief periods of dominance.
    While losses against Secret might be understandable or even expected, Nigma went down with barely a whimper against qualifier stacks like Aggressive Mode.
    Having fallen out of the Major qualifiers for the second time this season, Nigma will have to embark on the Minor road once again if they want to have a chance to book their tickets to the City of Angels.

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    The champions of the first Major of the 2019-20 Dota Pro Circuit will miss the third Major of the season—and not by choice.
    While it’s been customary for top teams to take a break throughout the year—whether it’s at the start like Secret, OG, and PSG.LGD or more recently like Vici Gaming—TNC Predator haven’t missed a single qualifier despite sitting pretty on top of the DPC table with 5,300 points.
    The standings might see some changes in the near future, however. TNC’s poor performance in the ESL One Los Angeles Major qualifiers leaves them out of the running for a playoff spot, thereby locking them out of a chance to battle for a berth at the Major.
    TNC still have one series left to play against Reality Rift, but they’ve been mathematically locked out of contention. IO Dota 2, a recently formed stack headlined by Chai “Mushi” Yee Fung and Galvin “Meracle” Kang, has won five games and secured the second seed in Group A.
    Fortunately for TNC fans, there’s still a way for the SEA titans to make it to the LA Major. They’ll have to take the longer path through the StarLadder ImbaTV Minor and will need to win the event to book their tickets to the City of Angels.
    Judging from TNC’s poor form, however, there’s no guarantee that the team will even make it to the qualifiers. If they lose against Reality Rift, TNC will have to play a best-of-three with the fourth-placed team from Group B to decide who heads to the Minor qualifier. If they draw, tiebreakers will have to be played.
    The Southeast Asian team had a blazing start to the season, winning two straight championships at ESL One Hamburg 2019 and the MDL Chengdu Major. Their form has dropped precipitously after their two trophies, however. They barely escaped the qualifiers for the Leipzig Major as well thanks to a fortuitous internet issue with their opponents.
    TNC continue to rely on comfort strategies, such as Morphling-Earthshaker, and while they certainly remain a skillful team, the roster is seemingly deprived of ideas and continues to struggle to adapt to the meta.
    If they don’t climb out of their slump soon, SEA’s two-horse race might have just lost its legs.

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    Danil "Dendi" Ishutin has officially released information regarding his new esports organization expected to launch in the near future. One of the most recognized faces of Dota 2, the most iconic Ukrainian player and the Na'vi poster boy for nearly a decade, Danil "Dendi" Ishutin has been laying low recently but never left the scene. Teasing bits and pieces of his goal to start his own esports organization, the big reveal has finally come to surface. B8, yes bait, was introduced to the 'world with beautiful video and message delivered by Dendi himself. The short movie directed by famed Dota 2 cinematographer Moritz Zimmermann (MooseWD), an older Dendi is sitting with his grandson, reflecting on his time with Na’Vi and talking about how things were never the same after The International 2013. But that wasn't the end of the story. Dendi pulled in his catch, a metal replica of the organization’s logo. He turned to his grandson and said, “it is never too late for a comeback.” The scene, the story, the branding, the entire production is enough to make Dendi fans weak in the knees and bring tears to their eyes. Many will remember Dendi talking about the times he spent with his father fishing, how impactful his father's passing was on his career how after his father's death he couldn't go fishing again for a long time. We're not crying, you're crying. In a time of Dota 2 where players are empowered, others are retiring and we are approaching the 10th anniversary of The International, Dendi has continued to be one of the most beloved pieces of Dota 2 - past, present and now future. The video ends with a promise for more information in the near future and fans will do doubt be waiting with bated breath. Danil "Dendi" Ishutin Well known for his solo mid skills, Dendi is regarded as one of the most creative players in the scene and is renowned for his unorthodox play-style and unconventional item builds. His personality, skill, and long successful history have made him one of the most popular Dota 2 players in the world. His story was featured in the documentary film “Free to Play“. The Ukrainian player got an early start with competitive gaming in Internet cafes, when his older brother married, moved out and took the family’s PC with him. He started to play DotA professionally in 2006, proving tremendous skill and talent ever since. In the late fall of 2010 in Ukraine, a fairly new esports organization would venture into the Dota 2 realm, picking up a group of young players, some of whom are now legends. Dendi joined the newly formed team on December 25th, 2010. No one would realize this marked the beginning of something truly extraordinary. After only several months together as a team and having received the beta keys for the game merely a couple of weeks before the first International event, the Ukrainian squad managed to seize the first-ever TI championship title. They went on to seize 2nd place at TI2 and again at TI3 among a long list of accolades between. Natus Vincere and Dendi were on top of the esports world - until they weren't. After a disappointing season leading up to a subpar run at TI8, Na'vi reformed their roster with a glaring, gaping hole. Dendi was no longer part of the active roster after playing his entire Dota 2 career (eight years at that point) with the organization. It was an end of an era, but not the end of the road. Though under contract still, Dendi dabbled a bit with stacks, answering the call a few times for friends and former teammates in need of a stand-in, before heading over to SEA region to play with Chai "Mushi" Yee Fung on Tigers. It was a short-lived experience, three months to be exact, as Dendi then headed back home after the team was unable to really achieve anything noteworthy. Making appearances at various events on the panel and as part of talent, and of course streaming, Dendi remained active. Apparently, the golden years are still yet to come.

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    1 week ago

    What DLC can you get for a game that prides itself on having every single one of its heroes unlocked from the start? For Dota 2, the answer seems to be an official soundtrack.
    The soundtrack, which is now available on Steam, contains both MP3 and FLAC files. FLAC is a lossless audio format that’s basically the highest-quality that any person can listen to.
    Soundtracks are a common DLC for game developers, especially more indie companies. It represents a relatively low-cost investment from the developer while allowing fans to essentially donate or pay extra money for a game that they’re a huge fan of.
    The Dota 2 official soundtrack has been available on music stores and various streaming platforms since 2017. The Steam release simply provides another avenue for fans to support the classic MOBA.
    The Steam soundtrack update for Dota 2 comes on the heels of Valve promising a better way for fans to obtain their favorite games’ respective soundtracks, which “is designed to make it as painless as possible to perform the most common actions: playback, browsing, and managing contents.” Since the “soundtrack” app option didn’t exist, they were generally tagged as DLC, which meant that people had to buy the base game to “install” the content.
    Starting with Dota 2, Valve’s flagship games might be getting their soundtracks added to Steam. One day, maybe fans will get to combine the soaring Half-Life 2 music with Dota 2‘s heart-thumping beats.

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