Thunder Predator disqualified from TI qualifiers
Thunder Predator’s macro use in games on Huskar and Meepo land the squad a disqualification from The International SA qualifiers.
This year’s South America qualifiers have not been a stranger to drama after numerous DDOS accusations and subsequent threats. After all of the commotion died down and the dust settled, it seemed likely that the qualifiers would end on a relatively high note. The playoffs began, and Thunder Predator managed to take series off paiN Gaming and SG e-sports with heavy utilization of Huskar and Meepo to advance to the Grand Finals.
However, some viewers took to the combat logs and discovered something troubling. Evidence suggested that Juan ‘Atun’ Ochoa was using macros to gain a competitive advantage on Huskar and Meepo. Macros allow for easy armlet toggling on Huskar as well as seamless Poof use on Meepo. Upon discovery of the evidence, a reddit thread was created to illustrate the abuse which is clearly already outlined and considered a cheat by Dota 2 standards.
Following a review of the evidence, it was determined that macros were, in fact, being used and disqualification from the qualifiers would be an appropriate punishment. Evidence of the script use for Armlet was provided.
Atun has posted a video on his facebook where he admits to using macros since Frankfurt Major but was not aware there was anything wrong with doing so.
A tweak in the format of the remaining playoffs was announced as well. SG e-sports will be playing paiN Gaming in the Winner’s Finals with the loser of this match squaring up with Torus Gaming in the Loser’s Finals. The prevailing teams will face off for the sole South America slot to The International 2018.