Now that ESL One Katowice is over with and Virtus.pro are the kings of Dota 2 once again, it’s time that we take a look at the other things that happened in and around the scene this past week.
Virtus.pro Wins ESL One Katowice
— ESL Dota2 (@ESLDota2) February 25, 2018
It seems that a roster change wasn’t enough to deter Virtus.pro from winning their second Pro Circuit Major. If anything, the addition of Vladimir ‘RodjER‘ Nikogosyan might just have been exactly what the CIS bears needed to unlock their true potential. Already one of the winningest Dota 2 teams of all time, Virtus.pro looked even better with their superstar playmaker in tow.
While Virtus.pro may not have gone on an undefeated run to win ESL One Katowice, the end results remained the same. And now that they know what they’re capable of, as well as what they need to improve on, the first two-time ESL One champions ever in Dota 2 will head to the Bucharest Major looking to prove that their big win at Katowice isn’t just the effect of a honeymoon period.
Click here for a list of things that we learned from ESL One Katowice.
Black^ Leaves Clutch Gamers
Our Journey with @BlackDotA2 comes to and end, sooner than expected. There have been many reasons for this.
First of all we would like to say that our journey has been great and it was great working with him on our side.
— Clutch Gamers (@TeamClutchGamer) February 21, 2018
Speaking of honeymoons, not all marriages turn out for the better. Case in point, Dominik ‘Black^‘ Reitmeier and his decision to go back to Southeast Asia to round out the mix of international players that Clutch Gamers built prior to the TI8 roster lock.
Just three weeks into his tenure with his latest team, Black^ has decided to call it quits. In a twitlonger comment, the German Dota 2 player blamed himself for his lack of faith in his teammates and apologized for how toxic he had become near the end.
Black^ has yet to formally announce his decision after leaving Clutch Gamers. His replacement has yet to be named by the Southeast Asian organization as well.
rOtk Sheds Light on Chinese Dota 2 Scene
— Team VGJ (@Team_VGJ) January 23, 2018
It’s no secret that the Dota 2 scene in China is much different from the rest of the world. Where in other countries, players and teams alike struggle to find some semblance of stability, Chinese Dota 2 teams have remained relatively stable for years. One particular reason for this is that the teams there have contracts in place that prevents players from jumping from one team to another as they please. It also doesn’t hurt that most team owners have deep pockets and are willing to spend mightly to acquire the necessary players for their teams.
While the stability sounds good and all, the Chinese Dota 2 veteran Bai ‘rOtK‘ Fan, who is currently coaching VGJ.Thunder, explains that it’s not all sunshine and rainbows. For one, the contracts aren’t just good for a year or two — he adds that there are rumours that Lu ‘Maybe‘ Yao has a five-year contract with LGD Gaming. Because of this, players are forced to stick with their teams until the end of their contracts, which he explains is not in the player’s best interest and is not conducive to the scene overall, or a player gets bought out.
Ultimately, rOtK ended his post on Weibo (translated on Reddit) suggesting that two-year contracts for everybody is a possible solution.
With ESL One Katowice now over, which team do you think will end up winning the Bucharest Major? Do you think Virtus.pro will go for two in a row? Or will another team rise up to the occasion? Be sure to let us know your thoughts in the comments down below.