EHOME and their underachieving, star-studded lineup have just caught themselves a lucky break, receiving an unexpected direct invite for the MDL Macau Minor.
This is EHOME‘s first time playing against international competition since the Boston Major back in December of 2016 where they finished in last place.
One of EHOME’s players, Chen ‘Cty‘ Tianyu, is currently playing at the Perfect World Masters Minor. He was announced as a last-minute stand-in for Team Secret.
Valve and Mars Media Take the Fight to ACE
Mars Media announced the decision earlier today and even jokingly referenced Evil Geniuses receiving a surprise direct invite to the Summit 8 Minor. However, unlike Beyond The Summit, the organisers of MDL Macau had a far more serious reason for extending a surprise invite to EHOME.
“As you may know, our Dota 2 Professional League (DPL) was our Chinese Qualifier for the event,” said Mars Media in their official statement, “and EHOME weren’t allowed to take part in the competition due to a third party’s decision.”
If you can recall, the Association for Chinese Esports or ACE, which is the largest governing body of Dota 2 in China, gave all of Wings Gaming’s TI6 winning members an “unconfirmed” lifetime ban from all of their events earlier last season. The said “ban” apparently also extended to whichever team the players ended up playing for. This prevented them from defending their title at TI7 and basically killed their careers as professional Dota 2 players. However, despite knowing this fact, EHOME, one of the oldest Dota 2 teams in the world, still decided to build their current roster around two former Wings Gaming members in Zhang ‘Faith Bian‘ Ruida and Zhang ‘y`‘ Yiping.
Because MDL Macau is a Valve-sponsored Pro Circuit Minor, however, EHOME’s exclusion from the qualifiers was essentially illegal. As a result, Valve and Mars Media had to step in to rectify the issue.
With that said, EHOME now have a chance to break out of their slump and back to prominence.
The new season: EHOME Dota 2. One goal, one dream. 👑
old chicken – Cty – Faith_bian – hym – y`innocence pic.twitter.com/NXjOZ9dzTw
— EHOME (@EHOMECN) September 2, 2017
— Wang ‘old chicken‘ Zhiyong
— Chen ‘Cty‘ Tianyu
— Zhang ‘Faith_bian‘ Ruida
— Xu ‘Hym‘ Zhi
— Zhang ‘y`‘ Yiping
How well do you think EHOME will play in their first Pro Circuit LAN of the season? Do you think y` and Faith_bian will be able to recapture the form they showed with Wings Gaming? Be sure to let us know your thoughts in the comments down below.