A lot of things happened in the Dota 2 scene over the past week, from Team Liquid taking home the trophy at the Dota Pit LAN Finals — their 6th LAN win in 7 tries — to patch 7.07b arriving barely a week into the “Dueling Fates” update.
Below is everything you need to know to keep yourself up to speed with the latest happenings in the Dota 2 scene.
Team Liquid win Dota Pit LAN Finals
A week after finishing in 3rd-4th place at the ESL One Hamburg, the European powerhouse are back to their winning ways again. Team Liquid had an amazing run at the Dota Pit LAN Finals, ripping 6 straight games before dropping 2 straight in the Grand Finals and then reverse sweeping Vici Gaming for their 2nd Minor LAN win since The International 7.
Winning the Dota Pit LAN Finals gave Team Liquid 150 Qualifying Points per player, for a total of 450 for the entire team. They’re currently in third place in the season standings, next to Team Secret (1440) and Virtus Pro (2295).
7.07b Brings Small Changes to New Patch
Just barely a week after the release of the new Dueling Fates update and just as the Dota Pit LAN Finals ended, the ever-so-mysterious IceFrog has made its first set of slight gameplay adjustments for the latest update with the coming of patch 7.07b.
Dota 2’s latest patch focuses mostly on small changes to a few select heroes, namely Anti-Mage, the reworked Morphling, Tiny and the new hero, Pangolier. Other notable changes include buffs to Backdoor Protection and the new item, Meteor Hammer.
You can check out Dota 2’s official patch log for patch 7.07b for more information right here.
Fallout Gaming Outed as a Possible Sham Org
Hosts of the upcoming Galaxy Battles Major in the Philippines on January 15-21 have become the talk of the town once again. The recent controversy comes after the organisation decided to cancel their tournament for Overwatch and CS: GO supposedly due to “recurring technical issues”. Although many were quick to call the organisation out for using it as a lame excuse for their lack of professionalism.
As it turns out, the canceled tournament had a lot of issues. This ranged from inferior hardware to constant technical issues and even late flight tickets for the participating teams. The worst part? The organisers apparently failed to apply for an event license, which was why local authorities had to shut it down.
Commentator and managing director of MoonduckTV, Andrew ‘ZyoriTV‘ Campbell, couldn’t help but air his thoughts on Twitter regarding his partnership with Fallout Gaming.
“Fallout is a sham org. Impossible to work with, broken promises, and they owe us money,” ZyoriTV spoke of MoonduckTV’s partnership with Fallout Gaming for the tournament coverage, “As soon as they didn’t need us they blocked us.”
Fallout Gaming already left a bad taste on the Dota 2 community’s mouth after the fiasco that was The Major All-Stars 2015. Many had thought that they’d shaped up, but after news of questionable qualifier administration broke out and now this, you’d have to wonder what Valve were thinking when they allowed this “sham org” to organise a Pro Circuit tournament.
OG Receive Sole Direct Invite to The Summit 8 Minor
Despite their lackluster start to the season, which includes an early exit at the Dota Pit LAN Finals, Beyond The Summit still saw OG fit to receive a direct invite to their Minor on December 13-17 in Los Angeles.
As you might expect, OG receiving a direct invite over other teams didn’t sit too well with a lot of people. Especially with the back-to-back The Summit 6 & 7 champions, Virtus Pro. However, both Beyond the Summit and the CIS organisation have cleared things out already, citing a “misunderstanding” as the main reason why Virtus Pro didn’t receive the sole direct invite to The Summit 8 minor.
OG will join the winners of King’s Cup: America, OpTic Gaming, as well as 6 more qualifier teams at the last Pro Circuit tournament of the year.
Midas Mode Tournament System Revealed
Perhaps the most unique Dota 2 tournament so far, MoonduckTV and Jake ‘SirActionSlacks’ Kanner has officially revealed the rules for the Midas Mode tournament.
Midas Mode is set to take over your Twitch streams on November 18-28. Although not a Pro Circuit tournament, it will feature some big names, none bigger than the reigning TI champions, Team Liquid.
For more information, be sure to head on over to the tournament’s official website right here.
OpTic Gaming to Complete ROG Masters 2017 Lineup
After months of qualifier tournaments, we finally have the complete lineup of teams for ROG Masters 2017. ICYMI, the second iteration of the ROG Masters tournament is one of the biggest tournaments of the year, despite not being a part of the official Pro Circuit.
Team Leviathan and Digital Chaos stood no chance against OpTic Gaming as they failed to drop a single map throughout the whole qualifier tournament.
OpTic Gaming will join CDEC Gaming, Team Empire, PENTA Sports, Execration and WarriorsGaming.Unity at the $235,000 Grand Finals in Kuala Lumpur on December 7-10.
Qojqva Fills 10k MMR sized Hole of Digital Chaos
qojqva made his debut with the team soon after Digital Chaos’ announcement at the ROG Masters North America LAN Qualifiers.
It remains unknown if whether or not Digital Chaos’ latest roster change is permanent.
Team Empire Officially Welcome The Return of Silent
Airat ‘Silent‘ Gaziev is now officially part of Team Empire’s roster after playing as a stand-in for the team since Vladimir ‘Chappie’ Kuzmenko took a vacation on October 20.
Silent’s return has already paid dividends for the Russia-based organisation, highlighted by their decisive win against Vega Squadron at the Captains Draft CIS Qualifiers.
Other Noteworthy News
- Evil Geniuses recently received the 6th direct invite to the Galaxy Battles Major on January 15-21. They will now join Newbee, OG, Infamous, TNC Pro Team and LGD.Forever Young, two more direct invites, and six qualifier teams, as well as two more wild card teams at the first Major tournament of 2018.
- The head coach of Team Kongdoo was recently seen looking for Dota 2 players, offering full privileges for the selected players, including a team house, a translator, salary, and gear.
- The Regional Qualifiers for the Captains Draft 4.0 Minor are currently underway. Mineski, Midas Club Victory and Team Empire each have secured their slots via their respective Regional Qualifiers. Only the qualifiers for China, North America, and Europe have yet to conclude.
- Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones and real estate investor John Goff recently purchased a Majority stake in CompLexity Gaming. As a result, the North American organisation will now move its base of operations to Frisco, Texas.