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Weekly Dota Recap: BTS Major Cancelled, Abed Joins Fnatic - Esportsranks
Weekly Dota Recap: BTS Major Cancelled, Abed Joins Fnatic

A lot of big things happened in the Dota 2 scene over the past week, highlighted by the BTS Major being cancelled — and subsequently leaving the current schedule one Major short — and Abed ‘Abed‘ Yusop taking his talents back to Southeast Asia with Fnatic.

For a quick rundown of everything big Dota-related that happened in the past week, be sure to read on down below.

BTS Major Cancelled

BTS Major

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Known Dota 2 commentator and co-founder of BTS, David ‘LD‘ Gorman, announced earlier last week that they had failed to strike a deal with Next Generation Esports for the BTS Major that would’ve taken place in March of 2018.

LD took to reddit to briefly explain why the BTS Major did not push through. The main gist of it all was that hosting a Major did not make financial sense for both parties involved.

With the BTS Major now cancelled, Valve have 6 months to find a suitable host for one of the 11 majors scheduled for the season.

Abed Joins Fnatic, 343 Returns as Coach

The 10K MMR player has found a new home back in Southeast Asia in Fnatic after spending much of last season in North America with Team Onyx and Digital Chaos.

Fnatic‘s latest roster shuffle coincided with their most successful run yet so far this season; they upset the Kings of Southeast Asia, Mineski, in the Grand Finals of the Summit 8 SEA Qualifiers, with a reverse sweep after falling to a near-insurmountable 2-0 deficit.

Soon after the acquisition and their qualification, Fnatic’s team captain, Jacky EternaLEnVy‘ Mao, penned a blog about his time spent with Steve ‘Excalibur‘ Ye, saying that playing with the 20-year-old mid laner was a “rather short but life changing experience” and adding that he will “really personally miss” him.

RAMZES666 4th to Reach 10k MMR Milestone

BTS Major

Image via Roman Kushnarev

Just mere days before the much-anticipated new ranking system hits Dota 2, the 18-year-old Virtus Pro carry player, Roman ‘RAMZES666‘ Kushnarev, made history by reaching 10K MMR on the CIS-region server. He now joins Abed ‘Abed‘ Yusop of Fnatic, Yeik ‘MidOne‘ Nai Zheng of Team Secret and Artour ‘Arteezy‘ Babaev of Evil Geniuses as the only players to ever hit the five-digit MMR milestone.

With the MMR reset coming soon, RAMZES666 is likely the last player to reach 10K MMR. At least, for a while. Although you can never say for sure, especially when given that Zhang ‘Paparazi‘ Chengjun is pretty close and is just a good day of ranked games or two away with roughly around 9,700 MMR.

RAMZES666’s team, Virtus Pro, recently won the ESL One Hamburg Major and became the first team since Invictus Gaming at The International 7 to take a series off of Team Liquid. 

Team Secret Guarantee Spot at DreamLeague Major

BTS Major

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Team Secretwith their 10-2 record, are the first to secure the necessary amount of points to guarantee their spot at the DreamLeague Season 8 LAN Finals. Only three spots remain in the joint qualifiers for the EU and CIS region, with five teams still remaining in contention.

Technically, however, OG and MidorFeed‘s chances of qualifying are very slim. They’ll have to win all of their remaining matches, while hoping for Team Liquid, Virtus Pro and Natus Vincere to lose theirs.

Basically, what this means is that the remaining matches are all but a formality. Or, at least, they’re likely to be.

The Europe + CIS Qualifier league play will continue on November 14-16.

LFY Win DPL Season 4

BTS Major

Image via LGD Gaming

LGD.Forever Young rebound from their slightly disappointing start to the season with a near flawless showing at the DPL Season 4. The win secures them a slot at the MDL Macau Minor in December.

En route to securing their second Pro Circuit LAN tournament slot this season — LFY received a direct invite to the Perfect World Masters Minor — LFY topped the group stages of DPL Season 4 with a record of 4 wins and 4 draws before beating Vici Gaming and the TI7 runner-ups, Newbee, twice in a row, with the second time in the tightly-contested best-of-five Grand Finals.

Aside from securing a direct invite to the MDL Macau Minor, LFY also took home $51,204 in prize money with their win.

Infamous Are Going to Macau

BTS Major

Image via Infamous Gaming

Infamous secure yet another berth at a Pro Circuit tournament this season at the expense of SG e-sports after winning the MDL Macau SA Qualifiers.

With the win, Infamous are now set to join LFY and Natus Vincereas well as 3 more qualifier teams, and 2 more direct invites, at the MDL Macau Minor on December 8-10.

Sacred Take the Summit 8 SA Qualifiers By Surprise

A team composed of former Digital Chaos.SA members, Sacred take the Summit 8 Minor qualifiers for South America by surprise, upsetting Infamous in the Grand Finals 3-1 to clinch a spot at the last Pro Circuit Minor of the season.

Between SG e-sportsas well as Infamousand now Sacred and Midas Club Victorycompetition in South America, especially for Pro Circuit LAN spots, just got a little bit tighter.

Team Kinguin Qualify for their 2nd Minor

BTS Major

Image via Team Kinguin

With Team Secret forced to withdraw due to scheduling conflicts and OG receiving a direct invite, EU’s spot at the Summit 8 Minor was up for grabs. But, while most thought that it would be either Hellraisers or MidorFeed who would make use of this rare chance, it was, instead, the Polish squad, Team Kinguin, who rose to the occasion.

Tier 1 invites to the European Qualifiers for the Summit 8, Team Kinguin received a free pass to the semifinals where they swept PENTA Sports and gave Hellraisers their third loss in the Grand Finals of a Pro Circuit Qualifier this season.

The win gives Team Kinguin their second chance to play in a Pro Circuit LAN before the end of 2017. The Poles had already qualified to the Perfect World Masters Minor earlier last month, which, coincidentally enough, also came at the expense of Hellraisers. 

Other Noteworthy News

  • Evil Geniuses qualified for their second Pro Circuit Major of the season by beating CompLexity Gaming 2-0 in the Grand Finals of the ROG DreamLeague NA Qualifiers. Click here for our recap.
  • CompLexity Gaming sweep Immortals in the Grand Finals of the Captains Draft 4 NA Qualifiers for their third Minor Qualifier win. Click here for our recap.
  • Speaking of CompLexity Gaming, one of their players, Rasmus ‘Chessie‘ Blomdin, recently decided to give everyone a house tour of CompLexity Gaming‘s training house in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
  • Reigning TI champions, Team Liquidreceive the 7th direct invite to the Galaxy Battles Major on January 15-21. They will join Newbee, OG, Infamous, TNC Pro Team, Evil Geniuses and LFY, one more direct invite, six Qualifier teams and two Wild Card winners, for a total of 16 teams, in the first Pro Circuit Major of 2018.
  • Kaci Aitchison, a staple of Dota 2’s The International, gave birth to a healthy baby girl on November 5, 2017.

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