It’s been a busy week for Dota 2 fans headlined by Virtus.Pro and their captain Alexei ‘Solo’ Berezin taking home honors at the Hamburg Major as well as the arrival of the much anticipated 7.07 update, which comes with a wide slew of changes to the game and two new heroes.
With that said, let us help you get up to speed with everything noteworthy that happened in the last 7 days.
The Dueling Fates Update
Just a day after Virtus.Pro were crowned as the Hamburg Major champions, Valve finally decided to release the Dueling Fates update — a day earlier than their initial announce date of November 1.
As expected, the Dueling Fates comes with two new heroes, the Dark Willow and the Pangolier. Along with it also debuts new cosmetic items for the said heroes, ward sets, as well as a huge number of changes to Dota 2 itself, from an entirely new game mode, new ranked seasons for MMR, and more.
Make sure to visit the official update page for more information.
Abed Leaves Digital Chaos
After failing to qualify for the Hamburg Major and pretty much every other Pro Circuit tournament, Digital Chaos decided to make changes to their roster just right before the roster lack. However, many had expected that bringing Jimmy ‘DeMoN’ Ho in to replace David ‘MoonMeander’ Tan would be the first and last of the changes.
As it turns out, however, that wasn’t the case.
Earlier this week, Abed ‘Abed’ Yusop announced via his personal twitter account that he and Digital Chaos have mutually decided to part ways. The announcement came on the heels of MoonMeander “leaking” via stream that Digital Chaos had intended to boot him and Abed out of the team together.
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Virtus.Pro are the Hamburg Major Champions
The unlikely mix of CIS talent playing under the Virtus.Pro have finally won their first Major, more than a year after they first banded together and roughly six months since they lost to OG at the Kiev Major back in April.
En route to the Hamburg Major title, Virtus.Pro took down the likes of Keen Gaming, Team Liquid, Newbee, and Team Secret.
Empire’s Chappie Listed for Transfer
After going on a “short vacation”, Team Empire’s carry player, Vladimir ‘Chappie’ Kuzmenko, has decided that it was time for him to find a new squad. Although technically still under contract with Team Empire, any team is now free to pick him up as long as they are willing to buy his contract out.
Airat ‘Silent’ Gaziev has filled in for Chappie since he took a vacation on October 20; Team Empire have yet to officially announce him as the team’s newest member.
Dota 2 Now Officially Part of IEM Katowice 2017
Just a day before the start of the much-criticised Hamburg Major, ESL decided to make it up to their fans by announcing something huge; Dota 2 is now officially part of ESL’s annual Polish gaming festival, IEM Katowice.
The Katowice Major will feature a $1,000,000 prize pool and more importantly, field 16 teams, which is twice the number of teams who participated at the Hamburg Major.
ESL is set to host 4 Pro Circuit tournaments this year; the recently-concluded Hamburg Major; ESL One Genting in January; Katowice Major in February; and another unnamed Major sometime in May.
Click here for more information.
BeyondTheSummit Confirm The Summit 8 Minor Dates
Everybody’s favourite chill tournament officially returns for its 8th iteration this December.
The Summit 8 Minor — yes, it’s a Minor ICYMI — will run from December 13th to December 17th. However, apart from the official dates, BTS have yet to officially announce anything yet, from direct invites, to format, and so on.
What we do know so far is that Optic Gaming are the first to qualify after winning the King’s Cup America online qualifier and that qualifiers for all six of the competitive regions are set to start within the next few weeks.
Victoria Officially Returns to LGD Gaming
Chen ‘Victoria’ Guanhong is now officially back in LGD Gaming’s active roster, just in time for the coming DPL Season 4 Top League Main Event and the Perfect World Minor this November.
Unlike before, however, Victoria will shift to the position 5 role, with Yao ‘Yao’ Zhengzheng now covering as the team’s roaming support as they prepare for the newest patch.
With Victoria missing on the team, LGD Gaming failed to impress at the PGL Minor two weeks ago. Uncharacteristic sloppy plays plagued the team right from the start and they fell 2-0 to the eventual champions, Mineski, in the Grand Finals.
Hopefully, now that Victoria is back on the team, albeit as a position 5 support, LGD Gaming can finally go back to their winning ways.
Click here for LGD Gaming’s official statement.
ROG Masters Regional Finals Americas
— ROG MASTERS (@ROGMasters) October 26, 2017
ROG Masters 2017 moves on to its final set of Regional Qualifiers.
Digital Chaos, OpTic Gaming, Team Leviathan and VGJ.Storm will battle it out to determine who will represent Americas in the Grand Finals. The winning team will join the other qualifier teams, CDEC Gaming, Team Empire, PENTA Sports, WG.Unity and Execration, in the main event.
The ROG Masters Americas Regional Final will take place at the Ultimate Esports Studio in Huntington Beach, California on November 3-5. Meanwhile, ROG Masters 2017 will start on December 7 up until December 10 at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre in Malaysia and will feature a total prize pool of $235,000.
Other Noteworthy News
- The on-site talent and online fans voted for Virtus.Pro’s captain Alexei ‘Solo’ Berezin as the MVP of the Hamburg Major. Ironically enough, him taking home the $50,000 Mercedes Benz EU400 Sedan comes after his teammate, Ilya ‘Lil’ Ilyuk questioned how a support can win the MVP.
- Solo also set the record for the lowest net worth — 1,909 net worth at the 59-minute mark — for any player since as far back as The International 2015.
- Dota 2 has fallen out of the Top 10 most selling games on PC, as per SuperData‘s most recent survey.
- The Midas Mode tournament, the brainchild of Jake ‘SirActionSlacks’ Kanner and MoonDuckTV, recently landed a sponsorship deal with the Kennedy Space Center.