From the announcement of the 2017-2018 Majors and Minors schedule to the rumours that a new Dota 2 hero, fueled by details found in game files, is set to make an appearance at this year’s main event, the days leading up to TI7 have been filled with noteworthy news and interesting chatter.
With that said, let’s take the time to go through all that happened in the Dota 2 scene this past week a few hours before the TI7 group stages kick off.
2017-2018 Majors and Minors Schedule Announced
Dota 2 2017/2018. 11 minors, 11 majors. pic.twitter.com/qnVOFhkoBB
— Matthew Bailey (@Cyborgmatt) August 1, 2017
Earlier in July, Valve announced that they were going to make changes to the competitive scene following The International 7.
Valve had their annual players meeting last night in Seattle and shed more light on the changes coming to the 2017-2018 competitive season. In particular, they announced the tournament lineup for the upcoming season.
In total, there will be 11 Majors and Minors, with a $14 million prize pool spread across all the events.
— Wykrhm Reddy (@wykrhm) August 1, 2017
During the meeting, Valve also talked about the qualifying points, which will determine the invites for The International 2018.
No word yet as to what the points system will look like, but Valve did mention that they will reveal it before the start of the next competitive season.
Planet Odd Drops Dota 2 Roster
We're parting ways with our Dota 2 roster. https://t.co/7wInQRvDeK
— Planet Odd (@PlanetOddEsport) August 1, 2017
After picking up the former Thunderbirds roster two months ago, Planet Odd have decided to drop their Dota 2 roster following its failure to qualify for The International 7.
Planet Odd’s former roster was stacked with talent; 4 out of 5 players placed 2nd at last year’s TI6. Their fifth member David ‘Moonmeander’ Tan, who they picked up post-TI6, is a two-time Major winner with OG.
Initially, their collective talent translated well, leading to a 3rd-4th place finish at The Boston Majors before they went on to win ESL One Genting 2017. However, things have only gone downhill for the team since, which makes you wonder what exactly led to the downfall.
Then again, it’s all water under the bridge now as the organisation has decided to drop the team. It’s also highly unlikely that all five of them will try to stay together to form a team and wait for an organisation to pick them up, just like what they did after Digital Chaos dropped them earlier this year.
Resolut1on to Stand in For Team Empire
Update regarding @chappiedota:
we got one more day, but if embassy will fail us on this one, @Resolut1on_ to play as a standin
— Team Empire (@team_empire) August 1, 2017
Speaking of Resolut1on, the talented carry player will not be missing TI this year after all. Albeit, he’ll only be playing as a stand-in due to the complicated visa issue Vladimir ‘Chappie’ Kuzmenko is currently facing.
It’s worth noting that this isn’t permanent; Chappie will take his place on the team as soon as his visa issues are resolved.
As one of the main catalysts for Team Empire’s most successful run as a Dota 2 team back in 2015, it is possible that Resolut1on may return to the CIS organisation permanently post-TI7.
Saksa to Coach Hellraisers at TI
The team praccs goes really good: #TI7 starts soon and we need to focus more
— HellRaisers Esports (@HELLRAISERSgg) July 28, 2017
Resolut1on isn’t the only one headed to TI, though, as his former teammate, Martin ‘Saksa’ Sazdov will also be in attendance as the coach of Hellraisers (formerly Planet Dog).
Like Digital Chaos a year ago, Hellraisers are headed to The International 7 with little to no expectations; some would even go as far as to say that they should be happy to make it out of the group stages.
With someone like Saksa as their coach, however, this team has a puncher’s chance of making a deep run at the main event this year.
Possible New Dota 2 Hero Found In Game Files
While we’re not exactly sure just yet, it seems likely that we’ll see a new Dota 2 hero unveiled at this year’s The International. At least, that’s what this recent discovery, courtesy of Reddit, is suggesting.
Further adding to the speculation is the fact that this was added to the game files right along with the Battle Pass update.
It’s far from a sure thing yet, but Valve has used the past two TIs to announce a new Dota 2 hero, so, who knows?
AdmiralBulldog To Miss Debut as TI Talent
Denied entrance to US and have to go back. GG
— Henrik Ahnberg (@AdmiralBulldog) July 31, 2017
TI3 Champion, Henrik ‘AdmiralBulldog’ Ahnberg was invited as one of the talents for TI this year. However, as per his official Twitter account, he was denied entrance to the United States and will have to miss out on a chance of a lifetime.
Infamous for jokingly rubbing his TI win in people’s faces, Team Spirit’s Artyom ‘fng’ Barshack couldn’t help but make fun of the former Alliance player.
AdmiralBulldog offered a lengthy explanation regarding what exactly happened and why he was denied.
The shocking incident brings to light how Valve chooses to bring talent in a rather “illegal” manner and will likely have a huge impact on how companies choose to bring in talent for their events going forward.
Natus Vincere Makes Changes To Dota 2 Squad
Natus Vincere’s CEO, Yevhen Zolotarov, announced in a recent interview that changes will be coming to the organisation’s Dota 2 squad.
So far, the CEO has managed to stay true to his words.
Earlier this week, the team brought in CIS legend and TI1 champion, Alexander XBOCT’ Dashkevich, to be their new coach. Then, barely more than 24 hours later, they announced the departure of both Per Andres Olsson ‘Pajkatt’ Lille and Malthe ‘Biver’ Winther from the team.
As of the moment, the team has two slots available. This means that Navi’s roster upheaval is far from over. Although we likely won’t be seeing any changes anytime soon. At least, not until TI7 is over.
But who knows? The organisation may decide to do something in the next few days. Like, dare I say, part ways with CIS legend, Danil ‘Dendi’ Ishutin.
PPD Podcast With ODPixel and Day9
Evil Geniuses CEO and TI5 champion, Peter ‘ppd’ Dager, has been busy with his podcast lately. He not only interviewed one known personality but two; Owen ‘ODpixel’ Davies and Sean ‘Day9’ Plott.
Both videos are a must watch for those who want to know more about the new TI host and the fastest caster in the land.
OG Rebrands Ahead of TI7
It seems that #dreamgreen will no longer be a thing after OG announced their new partnership with Red Bull.
The Austrian Company has long been staunch supporters of OG, but the recent changes take their partnership to a whole new level. Although the team will continue to retain their name, their colours will no longer be the same, as it will now prominently feature Red Bull’s logo and theme.
The team will also be releasing new merchandise along with their rebrand on August 2 and will continue to sell the old OG green merchandise as “legacy” clothing.
Other Noteworthy News:
- The TI7 champions will now take home at least $10,000,000 in prize money.
- Valve has just released an IRL Baby Roshan statue and Roshan in-game cosmetic for Level 2000 BP owners.
- The International 7 Battle Pass duration has been extended until September 18.
- Matchmaking and other aspects of the game have been changed to make the game more friendly to beginners.
- Pudge and Rubick are in the Grand Finals for the arcana voting. Don’t forget to cast your votes via the in-game client!
- The International Down-Low: Evil Geniuses
What do you think? Will we be seeing a new Dota 2 hero at TI this year? Be sure to let us know your thoughts in the comments down below!