Last week was huge for Dota 2, both for all the wrong and right reasons, from ESL shooting themselves in the foot with what can only be described as a PR disaster to Newbee finally avenging their TI7 Grand Finals loss to Team Liquid at the Genting 2018 Minor. In between, rumblings of old Dota 2 legends coming back to play again also filled the rumor circles.
With so much to catch up on, let’s not delay things further and delve right into the latest edition of our weekly Dota 2 recap.
Newbee Win the ESL One Genting 2018 Minor
Today was well enough on its own, but today also marks the 500th day of Newbee Dota2's current squad. (15.09.2016-28.01.2018)
500 days, 443 professional games and an unlimited amount of unity.
Moogy、Sccc、kpii、kaka、Faith – we're proud of your achievements! Newbee加油!! pic.twitter.com/U26njJa7Pw
— Newbee (@NewbeeCN) January 28, 2018
Second time was finally the charm for Newbee. In their return to Genting, where they finished as runner-ups to Digital Chaos in its inaugural tournament last year, Newbee finally came out on top. Even sweeter was that their win came against the reigning TI champions Team Liquid who had swept them in the Grand Finals of The International 2017.
By winning the ESL One Genting 2018 Minor, Newbee earned 200 Qualifying Points and took home $160,000 of the $400,000 prize pool. They now have 1,635 Qualifying Points in total for the season. Though they remain in 4th place, they have widened their gap from the rest of the teams in the top 8.
Newbee will have a chance to earn even more Qualifying Points at the Starladder i-League Invitational Season 4 later this week. With Team Liquid also in the tournament pool, there’s a huge chance that we’ll see both teams meet again in the Grand Finals for round three.
Click here for our Grand Final’s recap of ESL One Genting 2018 Minor.
ESL Issues Apology to Dota 2 Community
— ESL Dota2 (@ESLDota2) January 29, 2018
As much as many Dota 2 fans were happy for Newbee to have finally vanquished their past demons en route to winning the ESL One Genting 2018 Minor, it doesn’t hide the fact that a lot of things went wrong with the event. Chief was which was ESL’s PR mess, where they failed to acknowledge all of the wrong things they did throughout the week. But, as it turns out, ESL were all aware of their shortcomings.
In an official apology to the Dota 2 community, ESL admitted their mistakes, including their taking down of the streamers, something that Valve had already made very clear in an earlier announcement that ESL had no right to do.
After the ESL One Genting 2018 Minor, ESL will look to host the Katowice Major later in February. The tournament, which will be a part of the festivities of IEM Katowice for the first time, will also be using Facebook as its main streaming platform as part of ESL’s earlier deal with the social media giant.
1437 Parts Ways with TNC Pro Gaming
Theeban ‘1437‘ Siva disrupted a relatively quiet week as far as roster shuffles are concerned after sharing on Twitter that he will be departing TNC Pro Team, sharing that the Philippines-based team intends on returning to playing with a full Pinoy roster.
1437’s news comes after TNC Pro Team failed to have a good showing at both the Galaxy Battles tournament and the ESL One Genting 2018 Minor.
Pizza party concluded 😥. Love 🇵🇭 fans no matter what. TNC will go back to a full Pinoy roster and take a different route. As for me, I have no idea what I will do as of now.
— Theeban Siva (@1437x) January 26, 2018
The only foreigner in TNC Pro Team, 1437 served as the team’s captain from the day he joined in May 2017 until his departure.
The organization have yet to make any official announcements regarding the roster change. However, rumor has it that Carlo ‘Kuku‘ Palad is set to return to playing support with Armel Paul ‘Armel‘ Tabios coming in to replace him as the team’s mid player.
Click here for our official coverage of the announcement.
RNG Rumored to Enter Dota 2
Royal Never Give Up, a prominent League of Legends team who dominated the LPL during the 2016 and 2017 seasons, ultimately placing 3-4th at the 2017 World Championship, are rumored to making a jump to Dota 2, with Khoo ‘Ohaiyo‘ Chong Xi headlining their lineup. This is according to an article by VP esports, as well as leaks from a number of known Chinese websites.
Ohaiyo most recently attended the ESL One Genting 2018 as a spectator. However, Team Secret were forced to insert the Malaysian offlaner into their lineup as a last-minute substitute after Adrian ‘Fata‘ Trinks fell ill due to food poisoning just prior to the start of the playoffs.
Team Secret played well with Ohaiyo as a stand-in, but ultimately fell short of taking home a third straight Pro Circuit title after getting swept by Newbee in a tightly contested series in the semifinals of the playoffs.
Chuan and March Spotted Playing Together
Keen-eyed observers recently spotted Dota 2 legend and TI2 champion Wong ‘ChuaN‘ Hock Chuan playing in a lineup complete with marquee names. This includes the supposedly “retired” Park ‘March‘ Tae-won, as well as two-time Major winner Anathan ‘ana‘ Pham. Also in the lineup are Lee ‘Forev‘ Sang-don and TI6 runner-up Martin ‘Saksa‘ Sazdov.
It’s worth noting that this is an unregistered team as of the moment, so they could easily just split off and go their separate ways. However, seldom do stacks have this much starpower. If this team ever decides to make it official, then Southeast Asia will have yet another contender in its hands.
Click here for more information.
SyndereN Gives Pro Dota Yet Another Go
Professional Dota 2 player, caster and analyst, Troels Lyngholt ‘syndereN‘ Nielsen is back with another Dota 2 roster yet again. This time around, he has teamed up with some pretty interesting names that, if successful, have a legitimate shot at qualifying for Pro Circuit tournaments.
Joining SyndereN are his former teammates from his days with Escape Gaming, Max ‘qojqva‘ Bröcker and Maurice ‘KheZu‘ Gutmann. Also in the lineup are former Mousesports players, Verros ‘Maybe Next Time‘ Apostolos and Omar ‘Madara‘ Dabachach.
This isn’t SyndereN’s first attempt at forming a team this season and this likely will not be the last.
Click here for more information.
Team Empire Shuffle Their Lineup Once Again
It looks like Team Empire’s latest lineup isn’t meshing as intended. Just days before the Starladder i-League Invitational Season 4, the CIS organization decided to change up their lineup, replacing Airat ‘Silent‘ Gaziev with Aleksandr ‘Nixjkee‘ Levin for the event.
Team Empire will play Starladder with a standin. We are undergoing a process of deciding on new roster and we will play with Nix instead of Silent
— Team Empire (@team_empire) January 29, 2018
Silent is a former Team Empire player who rejoined the team on November 2017, replacing Vladimir ‘Chappie‘ Kuzmenko. He has played well so far with the team, helping them qualifer for Starladder i-League Invitational Season 4, and was instrumental in their win over OpTiC Gaming at ROG Masters 2017. Meanwhile, his replacement, Nix, has competed with m19 since early 2017.
Team Empire clarified in their post that their final decision on the roster will come at the end of Starladder.