As the Manila Major approaches, with the shuffle behind us, some important storylines are starting to take shape. The struggles of players to defeat rivals, restore their former glory after bad performances or stay on top after numerous successes make an already exciting season of Dota 2 more volatile. With the announcement of The International
Despite being full of talented young players, it’s no secret that the CIS region has struggled in top-tier Dota 2 recently.
The ongoing story of Elite Wolves team members Freddy “SmAsH” Sina and Ricardo “mstco” Román and their recent ban from play in Valve events has taken another turn, with Archon’s David “Moo” Hull confirming publicly that Jesus “Ztok” Carhuaricra has just recently been informed of his ban. Team Unknown eliminated Newbee at the Frankfurt Major,
Although the Shanghai Major received heavy criticism, it wasn’t the first Chinese Dota 2 tournament to experience major problems.
It seems nobody — including Valve Corporation — can move on from the Shanghai Major fast enough.
Any fans hoping Valve Corporation’s problems with the Shanghai Major would be isolated to the group stage were wrong. Very wrong.
Dota 2 has an issue with casters, and it is not what you might think. Rather, casters have a problem with Dota 2.
When ex-professional player and current Dota 2 analyst Sebastian “7ckngmad” Debs tweeted how he felt about the quality of casting in Dota 2 last week, it became the spark that lit the virtual world on fire.
The anticipation for a new Dota 2 patch crested shortly after the Frankfurt Major ended in late November. The current meta was stale, the games predictable featuring the same heroes and play style. Entering a new game to see the first pick Windranger, with Necrophos and Tusk also used constantly makes the game a chore.