Weekly Dota Recap: Team Liquid Win Starladder Minor and ESL One Genting 2018

Even a two-month layoff hasn’t stopped Team Liquid from their dominant ways, winning the first Dota 2 minor of the season and starting the long road to The International 2018 on the right foot. But, Team Liquid hoisting yet another trophy is not the only important thing that happened in Dota 2 this past week.

ESL One Genting 2018 Announced

ESL One Genting returns for its second iteration, with nearly double the prize pool at $400,000 and 400 Qualifier Points for TI8.

The largest Dota 2 minor of the Pro Circuit, ESL One Genting 2018 will feature as many as 16 participating teams. However, details regarding the direct invites, qualifiers and tournament format are unavailable as of the moment.

What we do know so far is that ESL One Genting 2018 is set to take place at the Arena of Stars in Resorts World Genting From January 23 to 28.

With the most of the top teams setting their eyes on the Galaxy Battles Major, which takes place just a few days prior, expect the other lesser teams to use the ESL One Genting 2018 as a chance to rack up some qualifying points.

Paul ‘Redeye’ Chaloner Returns to Dota 2

The two-time host of The International, Paul ‘Redeye’ Chaloner’s announced back in June of this year that he was not going to host Dota 2’s biggest annual event for the third time. A few weeks later, we learned that Valve had decided to replace him with Sean ‘Day9’ Plott.

While the Dota 2 neophyte did his excellent job in hosting his first ever Dota 2 event, many missed Redeye’s presence at the event. As such, news of him returning to host yet another Dota 2 event will definitely delight many of his fans.

Paul ‘Redeye’ Chaloner will headline he broadcasting talent for the ESL One Hamburg Major later this month. Other notable talents include Tobi ‘Tobiwan’ Dawson, Alan ‘Nahaz’ Bester, and Owen ‘ODPixel’ Davies.

Team Liquid Defends Starladder i-League Invitational Title

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The streak continues with Team Liquid winning their fifth straight LAN title since May of this year at the Starladder i-League Invitational Season 3. Coincidentally enough, Team Liquid’s fifth trophy came at the latest iteration of the same tournament where they kicked off their recent streak.

All in all, Team Liquid finished the event suffering just one loss — a decisive 42-19 loss against Mineski in Game 1 of the Grand Final.

With the win, Team Liquid takes home $135,000 in prize money and 150 Qualifying Points. The runner-ups, Mineski, will bag $60,000 in cash and 90 Qualifying Points. Finally, the other playoff teams, CompLexity Gaming and Team Secret, will each receive $30,000 and 30 Qualifying Points.

Recap: Day 1 / Day 2 / Day 3 / Semi-Finals / Grand Finals

Valve on Rebroadcasting Tournaments

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Image via Valve

Just as the first Dota 2 minor of the season kicked off, many popular streamers and studios received a takedown notice straight from the organisers themselves. Apparently, they were not allowed to stream the tournament independently, which spawned a lot of discussion among fans and studios alike.

It’s also worth noting that Evil Geniuses talent Grant ‘GranDGranT’ Harris received a similar notice from the organisers of the DotaPIT tournament when he casted one of the qualifier matches on his own channel.

With the community divided, Valve finally decided to step in and release a proper statement to stop the whole thing from escalating.

The biggest takeaway from Valve’s statement is for everyone to “play nice”, which basically means what it is and not be assholes. This also means that streamers, such as GrandGranT and Henrik ‘AdmiralBulldog’ Ahnberg can cast tournaments independently as much as they like. However, they are not allowed to use sponsors and advertising or branding overlays. They also cannot use any of the official broadcast’s content such as their casters, overlays, and more.

Kudos to Valve for finally stepping in and clarifying the issue.

Other Noteworthy News

  • Mineski’s position 4 support player Anucha ‘Jabz’ Jirawong just pulled off what has to be one of the most ballsy players in Dota 2 history. Watch it here.
  • The now-infamous infamous Starladder observer, Alex Miloshevic, recently released a statement/apology for his performance. Read it here.
  • European team SFT e-sports tried to kick Ilya ‘Illidan’ Pitvsaev out of the team only for Illidan to take the whole team with him.
  • Jonathan ‘Loda’ Berg hints at a new Alliance roster on Twitter.
  • TNC Pro Team takes the crown at the All-Star Weekend Manila Show tournament, beating out the likes of iG.Vitality, Virtus.Pro and OpTic Gaming. 

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