In one of the rarest instances that Valve has made a move, the Seattle-based developer of Dota 2 have disqualified Pain X from the Chongqing Major Regional Qualifiers. This renders their recent win invalid. As a result, the runner-up, Thunder Predator, will now take up Pain X’s spot at the Major.
This comes soon after outspoken captain of Ninjas in Pyjamas, Peter ‘ppd‘ Dager, posted online about the unfairness of Pain X playing in South America for the Chongqing Major Regional Qualifiers.
In it, the The International 2015 winner wrote, “I feel as if it’s necessary to speak up and say something before we begin our qualifiers today.” He then went on to tell about how he asked if his previous team, OpTic Gaming, could play in the South American TI qualifiers last year. He also added that he asked the same question this year for his new team, Ninjas in Pyjamas.
In both instances, Valve would deny ppd’s request. Additionally, he was also told that, “if you feel like you’re cheating the system, you probably are, and that is unacceptable.”
With Pain X, that is exactly what the team are doing. A team composed of players from North America, Pain X are boot camping in South America just to play the qualifiers. Afterwards, the players would fly back home and just wait for the next set of qualifiers.
This is unacceptable. The rules for the 2018-19 Dota Pro Circuit were set in place to help elevate the level of play in a particular region. But, with what Pain X are doing, the entire region of South America suffers because they cannot regularly compete, train, and scrimmage against the said team.
Problem With Chongqing Major Regional Qualifiers – A Sign of Bigger Issues
This is the first time that Valve has released a statement in some time. To date, Valve has yet to address the alleged ban on players, Carlo ‘Kuku‘ Palad and Rolen Andrei Gabriel ‘Skemberlu‘ Ong. Reportedly, the government has considered preventing the event from happening is either one of these two players will attend.
It is worth noting that Kuku has already qualified for the event. His team, TNC Predator, recently won the Southeast Asian leg of the Chongqing Major Regional Qualifiers.
This lack of clear guidelines and communication from Valve is not helping the community. The game, Dota 2, is one of the biggest MOBA’s in the world. Thus, it deserves to have its own team managing and handling issues, as well as reinforcing rules if necessary. But, instead, it appears that Valve has assigned a bare bones crew to the game. To make matters worse, this skeleton team only steps in when things get out of hand.
As Dota 2 penetrates the mainstream, this isn’t just going to work. It’ll be interesting to see what Valve does to prevent situations like this from happening going forward.
The Chongqing Major Regional Qualifiers are still ongoing; teams from North America, China, and Europe are currently battling for a spot at the Major.
The Chongqing Major takes place in less than two months on January 19 to 27. The event will feature a $1 million prize pool with 15,000 DPC points up for grabs.