We break down all of the happenings in Dota 2 this past week, from ESL landing a huge partnership with Facebook, the continuation of the Fnatic Drama and VGJ.Thunder winning Galaxy Battles 2 in the Philippines, among many other things.
So, what are we waiting for? Let’s dive right in!
ESL Land Broadcast Exclusivity Deal with Facebook
The biggest social networking service in the world Facebook and premier esports organizer ESL recently agreed on a ground-breaking deal this past week. The deal will give Facebook exclusive broadcasting rights for ESL’s biggest events.
This includes ESL’s events for both of Valve’s titles Counter Strike: Global Offensive and Dota 2. The first event subject to this deal with be the ESL One Genting Minor, scheduled for January 23 to 28, followed by the CS:GO Pro League Season 7 on February 13.
Click here for more information regarding the deal.
Fnatic Drama Continues
As it turns out, the Fnatic drama has yet to see its end. At least, judging from everything that we learned from various parties this past week.
After Khoo ‘Ohaiyo‘ Chong Xin took to Facebook to air his thoughts regarding what happened, the Vice President of Mineski, Kenchi Yap, shared a rather emotional post on his personal account. In it, he said that Ohaiyo and Chai ‘Mushi‘ Yee Fung are like small brothers to him. He then explained what had happened in his point of view and ended things by saying “this kind of things shouldnt be happening in Esports especially here in Malaysia!”, referring to how Fnatic kicked Ohaiyo.
Mushi followed soon after, saying that he understands Fnatic’s decision but that he disagrees with how they managed the whole situation. He also defended his reported apology for how Mineski‘s Vice President acted. He added that him apologizing does not necessarily mean that he agrees with what they did.
On a similar note, Jacky ‘EternaLEnVy‘ Mao found himself on the hotseat in HotCox Podcast. The interview is quite long, so I suggest that you go watch it yourself. Or, you can also head on over to this Reddit thread for a detailed summary of the entire thing.
With Mineski and Fnatic set to play at ESL One Genting 2018, it’ll be interesting to see if this supposed “bad blood” between these two teams will carry over to the actual games themselves.
VGJ.Thunder Win Galaxy Battles II
Filipino Dota 2 fans came out in droves to in the final day of the Galaxy Battles II: Emerging Worlds. Though the 55,000-seater arena was nowhere near full capacity, a guy named David who had a huge part in the tournament, confirmed on Reddit that the event saw a total of 33,000 unique visitors on the last day alone; around 15,000 to 20,000 of which stayed for the Grand Finals of the event.
Regardless of the numbers, the audience were in for quite the spectacle as VGJ.Thunder upset Evil Geniuses in the Grand Finals to take home the crown. In their rematch, VGJ.Thunder reversed the roles and brought the brooms this time around, handing Evil Geniuses a decisive 3-0 sweep.
VGJ.Thunder and Evil Geniuses are both set to play, along with 14 other Dota 2 teams, at ESL One Genting Minor starting later today.
Click here for a recap of VGJ.Thunder’s win at Galaxy Battles II.
Invictus Gaming and LFY Swap Midlaners
Days after Invictus Gaming’s mid player Ou ‘Op‘ Peng reportedly paid a casual visit to LFY’s team house, both organizations have formally announced that they are going to exchange their mid players. The players in question are Op and Xie ‘Super‘ Junhao. Both squads are likely looking to try to change things up after a rather uneventful start to the season.
Op will make his official LAN debut with his new team at ESL One Genting 2018 later today. Meanwhile, Super is exclusively available for Invictus Gaming only for the Chinese Qualifiers of DreamLeague Season 9.
Super’s future in Invictus Gaming remains unknown as of the moment.
Immortals QO Decides to Take a Break
In the middle of all the Fnatic drama, Immortals‘ Kim ‘QO‘ Seon-yeop quietly announced via his Facebook account that he is going to take a break from the team. This comes just weeks after Lee ‘Forev‘ Sang-don also took his leave from the team.
Immortals are now currently two players short as they have yet to officially confirm Arif ‘MSS‘ Anwar’s status within the roster.
Click here for our official coverage of QO’s announcement.
Clutch Gamers Rumored to Try Out Black^
After taking a break following Team Faceless’ disband prior to TI7, Dominik ‘Black^‘ Reitmeier’s name has now come up among roster rumors once again. This time around, Black^ is rumored to return to Southeast Asia and join Clutch Gamers. In addition to this, the Russian carry Vladimir ‘Chappie‘ Kuzmenko has reportedly left the team as well after a short stint.
This information comes straight from Dmitry ‘Korb3n‘ Belov, Team Empire’s manager and source of numerous roster rumours (that turned out to be true) post TI7.
Clutch Gamers put themselves on the map after qualifying for multiple internaitonal tournaments post-Kiev. However, they have failed to follow it up with any notable performance since. The team is now currently three players short, with only Kenneth ‘Flysolo‘ Coloma and Kim ‘Velo‘ Tae-sung listed as the remaining members on the roster.