Shanghai Major main event drama in a nutshell

Dota 2 Andreea “divushka” Esanu

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The second Dota 2 Major is surrounded by a heavy drama aura, starting from the group stage and almost falling apart during the first day of the main event, Shanghai Major still delivers unpleasant moments for everyone involved, from players, to casters and finally to us the viewers.

Exiting the group stage with probably the biggest drama that Dota 2 will see this year, James '2GD' Harding getting fired by Valve along with the entire English production crew in the second day, everyone hopped for a kick ass main event to outshine what just happened.

Unfortunately the production of the Shanghai Major main event, which is provided by another company than the one responsible for the group stage disaster, amazed us in a negative way once again.

Day One

The first day at the Mercedes Benz Arena has started with a two hours delay and a canceled opening ceremony, which of course added a lot of discomfort to the protagonists of this Major; players and casters alike, not to mention the live audience who purchased tickets and maybe made an effort to be at the arena on a Monday morning. 

After keeping quiet on the 2GD subject, both English and Russian panels started to share on their twitter accounts the state of things from their on-site experience.  First to break the silence was David 'LD' Gorman with a shared video of the English panel VIP room.

Followed by the Russian team, who shared with us the conditions they’ve been provided for the actual casting.

Although the day started with a huge delay, sound problems have immediately started coupled with an almost unwatchable English stream that was mostly offline through the first series of the day.  LD once again cleared out the problems that they are facing on the venue and pointed at the lack of internet cables.

As the first day progressed more personalities attending the Shanghai Major started to share their thoughts on the mishaps that plague the event. Here is a small collection of them:

Chinese production guys in the meantime…

Due to huge schedule delays, the first day lower bracket matches had to be played without live audience as the rules at the Mercedes Arena are saying no crowd after 21:30, so as three Chinese teams were about to fight for their survival in the tournament, everyone was politely asked to exit the area.

This might not be so bizarre or outrageous as it sounds and it’s not for the first time that it happens to a LAN event. Some countries and some venues around the world have their own regulations, the same situation occurred at the first ESL Frankfurt held on the stadium and at MLG 100th anniversary LAN event in New Orleans.

But what can be qualified as outrageous was yet another hour delay after the first lower bracket match, because the staff has lost one of the player’s keyboard.

While waiting for their game to start versus Team Spirit, compLexity Gaming manager, Kyle Bautista got lost at the venue.

The last games of the day were played until really late hours, forcing the casters to work for more than 16 hours continuously and obviously the efforts of keeping it all positive were dropping considerably.

The day ended at 02:45 in China, but the problems kept showing.

To summarize it all, the Virtus.Pro manager Georgy Faleev twitted:

Day two

Thankfully the first game of the day started almost on time, but a new problem was brought to the organizers’ attention. Booths air is unbreathable as the soundproofing was fixed on the fly. EtenrnaLEnVy faced serious issues during their opening game of the day and several pauses were needed because his eyes were tearing.

Team Secret was a bit trigger happy today with the GG call and made mistake at the end of their series; w33 calling the GG before OG got to, which comes with a draft penalty for only the FIRST game from the next best-of-three series. They will have no reserved time for the first draft versus Evil Geniuses tomorrow.

Other aspects from the first day have improved in the meantime, the only downside for China right now being that they already lost four teams from the tournament and they are now left only with Newbee who will face Fnatic in the last game of the lower bracket from today.


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  • Zarif "Montoya" Khairuddin ,
    After the "Kick Yames" fiasco I said this will be the first and last China will host a Major and a "Douchiedouche" said "LOL, of course China will host another Major. China is to Dota what Koreans are to LoL and SC2. Get out of here with that nonsense." First and last in China for any majors. Evidence overwhelming. How will Gaben "save face" this time? Stop having it in China. EZ GG Shanghai Major biggest fuck up for a 3 million dollar tournament. EleGiggle 4Head
  • the "DeepShit" Joker ,
    No more chinese teams in the tournament! haha
  • Dare "Daremenot" Dare ,
    After this event full of shit,I hope there will no more big events like this in china no more majors especially TI. Yes china has a lot of great players and teams but they also got the worst events. And I am very sure a lot of chinese here will not accept this, and will point fingers to blame others on this very big fail event.
  • abc "eason29" abc ,
    I propose for DOTA MAJOR in JAPAN OR KOREA, that would be super awsome +with the Japanese cosplay~!!!
  • Tomasz "TUMULT" Brzycki ,
    Looks more like the Gaben is an Ass, aswell this Event is a Shit.
  • yonathan "asadashinon" city ,
    well.. with this china event organizer must reflect and pondering about this failure and sick disastrous event.. if this happened again in near future.. i personally say china EO or staff and management are horrible handling a big event and i hope valve not make any Tournament at china until they fix and rebuild their own professional with better determination to held and handle event.. the most ticking me off and piss me of are the chinese production crew that sleep when the event going on.. it's something irresponsible and sick attitude that proving chinese not professional.. i hope they can fix everything well played china.. PS: from the beginning of this winter major , i felt something off with this tournament
    • Daniel "sephiroth674" LaRue ,
      honestly the chinese production crew sleeping in their chairs is probably a result of heavy exhaustion from working hours upon hours due to the disaster the organization of the tournament has turned out to be.. That's the least of the issues.
  • Nathan Brenn Jr. "nathanjr12" Plazos ,
    I still think running a major in China is fine as long as PerfectWorld is not going to be the manager. DAC was quite a success as well as WCA.
  • david "CiX" hess ,
    hahaha this really reads like some sort of comedy. my favourite is the russian casting crew, it always amazes me how russians somehow manage to get value out of conditions like those :D the VIP room looked amazing too, i dont even want to imagine what non-VIP`s got! the complexity manager who got lost in an area where most doors were locked was also hilarious, but i wonder what swindle is talking about with the "real egregious shit"?
  • Frans Jerome "chocolitas01" Eusebio ,
    Well failed.


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