Dota 2 news week in review: April 25

Posted by Andreea "divushka" Esanu at 25 April 2017 06:33

For those who might have missed the most important news from the past week in the competitive Dota2 scene, here is a short recap.

Tournament news:

You can now win a gold medal playing eSports

The 2022 Asian Games held in Hangzhou, China, will include eSports. Teams from the 45 member countries of the Olympic Council of Asia will be able to compete in the world’s second largest multisport event. Being featured in the Asian Games is certainly not a guarantee that eSports will become part of the Olympics however. The category “Board Games” featured in 2006 and 2010 but has since been dropped.

ESL India Premiership announcement

ESL announced on its website that their ESL India Premiership will return in 2017, along with three seasons. There will be three tiers of competition, three games played (CS:GO, DOTA 2 and Clash Royale), three seasons for each teir and zero entry fee. Teams will need to go through the Open Cups and the Challenger Leagues to make it to the Master Leagues, where their games will be streamed live on a not-yet-specified "popular live streaming platform." The live finals will be in LAN format.

Vega Squadron qualify for SL i-League Invitational #2

Vega Squadron's perfect run gave the CIS team the highly coveted SL iLeague LAN spot where they will fight for a piece of the $100,000 prize pool in Shanghai, China at the end of May. Announced earlier in the month, StarLadder i-League Invitational 2 will feature only eight teams. Newbee and VGJ have both been directly invited to the main event. iG seized the first qualifier spot last week. Only four other slots are still up for grabs through direct invites and various online qualifiers.

Invictus Gaming and Fnatic qualify for Zotac Cup

Just before heading to the Kiev Major, Invictus Gaming claimed one more LAN presence by winning early this morning the Zotac Cup Chinese qualifiers. Fnatic were on top of their game as well, and crushed their opponents as they stomped through the brackets undefeated. It was in the Grand Finals that they knocked the wind out Clutch Gaming's sails - ending the all Filipino team's dominating streak abruptly.Zotac Cup is the first event organized for Dota 2 by the computer hardware company. The LAN playoffs will be taking place in Taipei, Taiwan from May 30 to the 3rd of June. A total of eight participants will fight for the $100,000 prize pool, six of them being decided via regional qualifiers while two teams will be granted a direct invite.

Team announcements:

iNsania replaces syndereN in Ninjas in Pyjamas lineup

Ninjas in Pyjamas welcome aboard ex HoN player, Aydin "iNsania" Sarkohi. iNsania will be assuming the support position 5 role in Troels “SyndereN” Nielsen’s stead. More known in the HoN community, iNsaniabegan his Dota 2career in September 2015 . It didn't take long for him to start to play competitively and played briefly with Team Doge in 2016 and then part of Solidudes for last three months before joining Prodota Gaming in January.

Ninjas in Pyjamas current roster

Sweden Adrian"Era" Kryeziu
Denmark Max "qojqva" Bröcker
Sweden Aydin "iNsania" Sarkohi
Finland Kalle "Trixi" Saarinen
Germany Kai "H4nn1"Hanbückers

747 and Monkeys-Forever separated from compLexity Gaming

Both Eric "747" Dong and Jaron “Monkeys-Forever” Clinton have unexpectedly parted ways with the compLexity Gaming Dota 2 roster. CompLexity Gaming released a statement announcing the changes to the Dota 2 division effective immediately. The release cited team dynamics regarding synergy and not fitting together as much as was desired or needed for success.

compLexity Gaming roster:
United States Kyle 'melonzz' Freedman
United States Zakari 'Zfreek' Freedman
United States David 'Moo' HullUnited States


SoNNeikO officially departs from Vega Squadron and rejoins Na'Vi

An announcement on Vega Squadron’s website confirmed that Akbar “SoNNeikO” Butaev, their support role player, has decided to take his leave from the team. After a five months stint with the team SoNNeiKo took a break shortly after the Kiev Major qualifiers and was replaced by a substitute. Na’Vi quickly announced that SoNNeikO’s return was on the cards as the team are about to enter into a long bootcamp to practice for EPICENTER 2017 qualifiers and The Summit 7.

Vega Squadron roster: 

Ukraine Ilya 'Alohadance' Korobkin
Russia Sergey 'G' Bragin
Russia Vasily 'Afterlife' Shishkin
Russia Airat 'Silent' Gaziev
Ukraine Semion 'CemaTheSlayer' Krivulya

Natus Vincere roster:

Sweden Per Anders Olsson 'Pajkatt' Lille
Ukraine Danil 'Dendi' Ishutin
Ukraine Viktor 'GeneRaL' Nigrini
Russia Akbar “SoNNeikO” Butaev
Denmark Malthe 'Biver' Winther

Valve announcements:

Say goodbye to your smurf accounts: Valve introduces prime matchmaking

Players using multiple accounts create a negative matchmaking experience at all skill brackets, so our goal is to add just enough friction to this process that the number of players doing this will be noticeably reduced. Having more players using their primary accounts will have a positive effect on both Ranked and Unranked Matchmaking. - extract from Valve’s official announcement

In two weeks-time players will not be able to play ranked matches unless they have their accounts linked to a phone number. Dota 2 latest update is aimed to improve the quality of player’s experience in ranked matches and brings a lot of changes to the matchmaking system. The biggest change is that players will be required to link a phone number to their account in order to queue for ranked matches. The phone number cannot be attached to multiple accounts, therefore the players who used to bounce between smurf accounts will have to decide which one will be their main.