Earlier this week, the entire Dota 2 community finally received word of when the hotly anticipated Dueling Fates Update would come. However, as much as it sent the entire community into a frenzy, it’s not the only news worth mentioning that happened this past week.
From the infamous Dueling Fates Update tweet to Mineski winning the PGL Minor, we break down everything that happened in the Dota 2 scene over the past seven (7) days.
The Dueling Fates Update
After many months of teasing, Dota 2’s next big patch, the Dueling Fates Update, finally has a concrete release date and it’s not that far away.
Valve decided to drop the bomb right just as Beyond the Summit’s “Patch Day” stream was just about to end. And, as you can imagine, it got the whole community buzzing.
The Dueling Fates update will arrive on November 1st
— DOTA 2 (@DOTA2) October 19, 2017
Supposedly set to release on November 1st, the Dueling Fates Update will include two new Dota 2 heroes. However, given Valve’s penchant for not adhering to deadlines, the patch could arrive much later. Or, you know, maybe it’s not November 1st of this year, but rather, November 1st of next year.
Either way, it will be just a matter of time until Valve finally decides to release the Dueling Fates Update.
Mineski Drop Out of Dota PIT Minor
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Just two days before the start of the PGL Minor, Mineski made a huge announcement that the team was going to pull out of the Dota PIT Minor later this year. They cited an “important family matter” as the main reason.
Mineski have played gatekeepers in Southeast Asia this season; HappyFeet are the only other SEA team to have qualified for a LAN tournament with their emergence as a legitimate powerhouse.
Dota PIT have yet to announce an official replacement for Mineski. Although, Fnatic seems to have been picked already judging by this tweet from Jacky ‘EternaLEnVy’ Mao.
HappyFeet Out, Fnatic In at the ESL Hamburg Major
Earlier this week, the All-Filipino squad, HappyFeet, announced that they were dropping out of the first Major of the season after failing to secure their visas in time for the tournament.
ESL then later released a statement confirming HappyFeet’s unfortunate news and that Fnatic were going to take their slot at the ESL Hamburg Major.
While Fnatic — all five members of Fnatic’s latest lineup have played in Germany before — were only able to finish in 3rd-4th place of the SEA Qualifier, they were the only logical choice remaining. Especially since Clutch Gamers would have faced the same issues that HappyFeet did.
With that said, Fnatic are now set to play in the first Major of the season despite not qualifying. Additionally, if rumors of them replacing Mineski at the Dota PIT Minor in November are true, Fnatic will have secured a slot in two straight LAN tournaments without even doing anything.
Mineski Take Home the PGL Minor Trophy
Mineski took out the likes of Natus Vincere, Evil Geniuses, Immortals, and LGD Gaming en route to securing the First Grand Finals win in two tries.
Mineski are now currently on top of the season leaderboards with a total of 720 QP and $190,000 in earnings.
Execration Win The Major League
Right around the same time that the PGL Minor was going on, top Dota 2 teams from all over Asia were battling it out in The Major League tournament in Iskandar Puteri, Malaysia.
A 3-day tournament with a prize pool roughly around $70,000 (300,000 MYR), Execration ultimately took home honors after taking down EHOME in the Grand Finals 2-1.
Other noteworthy participants include Clutch Gamers and Fnatic.
Pringles to Sponsor ESL One Hamburg
ESL land themselves another huge sponsor in Pringles and both companies will now head into the first Dota 2 Major of the season as partners.
A landmark event in the new Dota 2 season, ESL landing such a huge sponsor means big for the competitive system. This means that large companies are now seeing the viability of investing in a game like Dota 2.
With sponsors such as Pringles and Mercedes-Benz — ESL announced the German automobile manufacturer as one of their partners back in August — the first Dota 2 Major of the season, which will field a humungous prize pool of $1,000,000, just got even bigger.
Mercedez-Benz Car for the ESL One Hamburg MVP
Along with their partners, Mercedes-Benz, ESL decided to prepare something that would make the first Major of the season even more special: the player who receives the title of Mercedes-Benz MVP will go home with a brand new Mercedez-Benz car.
Voting will be done by both the on-site talent crew and fans with a 40/60 split.
Voting starts on October 26 and will continue up until the last game of the tournament, after which ESL will crown the MVP of the entire tournament.
Captains Draft 4.0 Direct Invites Announced
MoonduckTV recently released all the official details regarding the first Minor of 2018, Captains Draft 4.0.
The fourth installment of the Captains Draft tournament series by DotaCinema and MoonduckTV will be an eight-team tournament with $300,000 and 300 Qualifying Points at stake.
Evil Geniuses and Team Secret each received direct invites to the tournament. The rest will have to make their way via their respective regional qualifiers
Other Noteworthy News
- A prominent Politician from the Philippines just picked up a Dota 2 team and have named it, Team Albee.
- Controversy currently surround Fallout Gaming, organisers of 2018’s Galaxy Battles Major and the amateurs-only New Blood Championships, after they disqualified the Mongolian team, Team Nomadic, for a rather bizarre reason.
- The Midas Mode tournament coming up on November 18 will offer the first glimpse of the two new Dota 2 heroes in action, as tweeted by Jake ‘SirActionSlacks’ Kanner.
- Apparently, having feet affects the win rates of Dota 2 heroes negatively, or at least, according to this madman on Reddit.
- Valve gets cheeky, teasing the entire Dota 2 community with a patch that was basically just all about fixing some grammar issues in the game.