It’s been a long week in Dota 2, with the past weekend mostly dominated by the ensuing drama caused by the Fnatic Dota 2 roster shuffle. But while it was indeed a sad fate that befell fan-favourite Khoo ‘Ohaiyo‘ Chong Xin, not everything that happened this past week in Dota 2 is as unfortunate.
Fnatic Dota 2 Roster Shuffle Drama
With that we also bid farewell to our longest serving DOTA player.
— FNATIC (@FNATIC) January 13, 2018
This past weekend, rumours of Fnatic dropping Ohaiyo in favour of Saahil ‘UNiVeRsE‘ Arora surfaced. Though most would dismiss such words as just hearsay, the fact that many prominent personalities commented on the issue, including Ohaiyo‘s own teammates, well before Fnatic released an official statement meant that the move was indeed coming.
Nobody expected this to happen. Not even Ohaiyo himself, who before the rumours, was instrumental in helping Fnatic secure a spot at the ESL Katowice Major in February. And judging by his statement after the shuffle, it seems that Ohaiyo and Fnatic did not part ways in good terms.
The question now then after the Fnatic Dota 2 roster shuffle is where Ohaiyo, a longtime Dota 2 veteran who has been to five straight Internationals, will find himself playing next.
Click here for our official coverage of the Fnatic Dota 2 roster shuffle.
PGL and Perfect World To Host Makeup Major in June
.@DOTA2 Pro Circuit updates:
– Fallout Gaming Major removed.
– June Major unveiled, hosted by PGL & Perfect World in China.https://t.co/LakeOaH1sC
— Matthew Bailey (@Cyborgmatt) January 13, 2018
After losing a combined total of 4 Minors and Majors in total, including the Philippines’ Galaxy Battles II tournament, Valve is hard at work to find organizers to host tournaments to compensate for the lost Qualifying Points.
Two of such organizers, PGL and Perfect World, have stepped up to the challenge. Both will reportedly join together to host a Dota 2 Major scheduled for June later this year in China.
There isn’t much information available as of yet regarding the makeup Dota 2 Major. What we only know so far is its scheduled date (June 3-10), its organizers, host country and the fact that it will feature a whopping $1.5 million prize pool and as much as 2,250 Qualifying Points.
Click here for the official schedule of Pro Circuit tournaments.
Million Dollar EPICENTER XL Major Announced
Never one to shy away to put one of the biggest prize pools in Dota 2, the people behind EPICENTER have decided to up the ante, with EPICENTER XL receiving Major status and putting up as much as $1 million in prize pool up for grabs.
Widely praised for their production quality, much is expected from the latest iteration of the annual Dota 2 tournament. Especially now that it has earned the distinction as Russia’s largest ever prize pool for a single-esport tournament to-date.
The tournament will run from April 27 to May 6, with the finals held, as per the usual, at the VTB Ice Pala sports arena on the 4th-6th. Reigning TI champions and back-to-back EPICENTER title holders Team Liquid and CIS powerhouse Virtus Pro received the first of the two direct invites.
Further details regarding the tournament are unavailable as of the moment.
Click here for our official coverage of the announcement of the EPICENTER XL Major.
Aui Returns to Competitively Play with Moonmeander
Team Animal Planet
— David Tan (@MoonMeanderated) January 6, 2018
After taking a short break following Cloud9’s disappointing 13th-16th place finish at The International 7, TI5 winner Kurtis ‘Aui_2000‘ Ling has finally returned to competitive Dota 2. He now headlines Team Animal Planet along with two-time Major winner David ‘MoonMeander‘ Tan.
Aui’s comeback also marks his return to the position 4. MoonMeander will also go back to the offlane, where he has found the most success throughout his career. Filling out the roster are Ravindi ‘Ritsu‘ Kodippili at the position 1 and two relative unknowns; the enigmatic 9K MMR pubstar bryle- and kitrak.
With the right mix of proven winners and up-and-coming talent on the roster, Team Animal Planet is one to watch out for. It’ll definitely be interesting to see how well they develop throughout the season.
Two-Time Major Winner Ana Returns to Dota 2
— Saksa (@Saksadota) January 5, 2018
Last year’s rookie phenom and OG’s former mid-laner Anathan ‘Ana‘ Pham finally makes his return to Dota 2. He headlines Team World, a Dota 2 team filled with familiar names and faces, playing as their position 1 hard carry. Their captain? None other than TI6 runner-up and free-agent Martin ‘Saksa‘ Sazdov.
Joining both Dota 2 players are Lee ‘Forev‘ Sang-don in the offlane, who Immortals recently replaced with Arif ‘MSS‘ Anwar; former Evil Geniuses coach Avery ‘SVG‘ Silverman as the position 4 and captain; former Planet Dog player Greg ‘Keyser‘ Kallianiotis, who will round out the roster as their midlaner.
Team World are another team to watch out for. Though they boast no TI winners, they have a lot of potential given the collective talent on the roster. Should they pull it together and secure a LAN spot, Team World could very well find themselves a sponsor in the next few months.
Ex-Major Galaxy Battles II to Push Through
Even with half of the teams dropping out without Valve’s support, Fallout Gaming intends to push through with the Galaxy Battles II tournament. From 16 teams, the tournament, held in the Philippines, will only field 10 (7 main event teams + 3 wild cards), with the prize pool down from $1 million to a still respectable $500,000.
In addition to Fallout Gaming’s decision to continue with the event, they have released an update regarding refunds. They’ve also since decided to offer FREE shuttle bus services for all of the TICKET HOLDERS of Galaxy Battles 2018.
Galaxy Battles II: Emerging Worlds will run from January 19 to 21.
Click here for our coverage of Fallout Gaming’s official announcement.