VGJ.Storm to be penalized at the Main Event of The International 2018

Dota 2 Hitanshu “Anomalina” Budhwani

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Due to a misunderstanding regarding the rules surrounding coaches, the top seed of Group B VGJ.Storm will be penalized in their first round of The International 2018 Main Event against OG.

During the final rounds of the Day 4 group stage matches, Valve made an announcement via their official twitter account detailing VGJ.Storm's rule breaking. This was in terms of the number of coaches that they used during the draft phase of their group stage matches on Day 4. In addition to their main coach Aaron "Clairvoyance" Kim, they also allowed their co-coach/analyst Ilya "Illidan" Pivcaev to enter the player booth. The Russian player, who last played for Team Spirit, came to the team's aid at the behest of Roman "Resolut1on" Fominok. According to Valve, the rules clearly state that only one coach is allowed into the room along with the five other players.

Although the cause of this situation was found to not stem from malicious intent, VGJ.Storm will still be penalized in their first series against team OG in the upper brackets. They will not be allowed to use their coach during the draft phase and have a level 2 draft time penalty to add to that. This equates to 70 seconds less during drafting phase, a significant amount in a crucial stage of the game.

The International 2018

The International 2018 playoffs will take place starting August 20. For the first time ever, The International is being held in Vancouver, Canada with a total of 18 teams competing. Currently, the prize pool is over a staggering $24 million. 


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Hitanshu “Anomalina” Budhwani


  • Nycticorax "Nycticorax" Nycticorax ,
    Hello, Sorry to bring up this semantic point but in English 'misinformation' (a term which occurs twice in your article) means or connotes misleading or deliberately insufficient information. But as is obvious from your report, there was no misleading or deliberately insufficient information, but simply misunderstanding and/or slight oversight from VG.Storm. Perhaps replace 'misinformation' with 'misunderstanding' and adjust?
    • Hitanshu "Anomalina" Budhwani ,
      Hey man! Thanks for the feedback! I always welcome constructive criticism and appreciate your input. Changes made :)
    • Cristy "Pandoradota2" Ramadani ,
      Misinformation applies too though since VGJ.Storm asked and the PGL admin told them it was ok for them to have 2 in the room as long as they left after the draft which was reported by KBBQ.
      • Nycticorax "Nycticorax" Nycticorax ,
        No, misinformation does not apply -- in the relevant sense. All players/teams know all too well that the only legitimate source for information is the organizer of the tournament, i.e. Valve, which clearly presented the rules to all players/teams. Besides, it was obvious that any 'information' not issued by Valve's, i.e. the 'information' provided by the PGL employee, was not relevant information in the first place -- especially if inconsistent with Valve's information. I mean if VG. Storm had asked by little sister for allowing 2 coaches during draft, it would still not count as relevant misinformation.
  • "DELETED-USER-1534732647" ,
    Rip TNC ..intro boys,maybe wait for ti30
    • Tian Yi "v3luotianyi" Luo ,
      they only had just luck the way they had qualified (due to inexperience of TNC tigers), and you expect so much? be realistic even if you feel biased
  • Monchie "monchiecosio" Cosio ,
    Well the fact that this is a serious competition/tournament with the biggest prize pool in e-Sports history, Valve did the right thing and the teams joing the event should know and review the rules and regulations in the first place. Provided they asked and got an information from a PGL employee, it is still not part of the Valve team/organizer and it is VGJ.Storm's responsibilities to ask a certified personnel that clearly, they haven't done so.


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