Playing and watching are different things.
It has been one month since Valve rocked the Peruvian Dota 2 community by banning four of Elite Wolves’ players from all future Valve events.
Natus Vincere made a miraculous run at StarLadder i-League Invitational a week ago, making it to the grand finals of the event only to falter at the end against Vici Gaming Reborn. Virtus.Pro, which had looked disappointing in the weeks following its formation, showed brief moments of brilliance but only managed to claim 5th-6th place.
The Dota 2 world is still reeling from the most recent roster shuffle in ways that could not have been predicted two months ago.
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.