DOTA 2 WRAP UP
March 23rd, 2020
WePlay! Saves us from DraughtIn the wake of all LANs closing their doors, and everyone locking themselves away in their bedrooms, the organizers of the best Dota 2 events of this season put their best effort into bringing us the WeSave! Charity Play event! With the goal of quelling the boredom of Dota 2 fanboys from around the world, WePlay! took this opportunity to not only raise awareness of how to wash your hands, but to raise fund to help fight the outbreak.
With 100% of the prize-pool, and all the money donated being split between CEPI and GlobalGiving funds to help fight against the COVID-19 outbreak, WePlay! committed to be the avenue in which the Dota 2 community could contribute to the cause. With limited time, they were able to enlist a lineup of global teams parelleled to a skill level we'd expect to see at the International, and 4 North American teams as well. Though there is no limit to their fundraising goal, at this point they have already raised more than $60k USD on top of the $120k USD donated via the prize pool. Through this, the community will have already secured an additional series from the winner of the EU and CIS brackets (now a best of 5) and a 3vs3 NA All-Star Match. The final stretch goal is an offering of WePlay! Premium for all "WeSavers" at the $200k goal.
WePlay! also requested that betting sites do not take bets on this event.
As the event has almost come to an end, its been less competitive in nature, but great fun. OG took a less serious route in this competition, swapping all players or roles except for Saksa, dropping out in a clean 0-2. The teams who were unable to play their full rosters usually fell in their first series with the exception of EG. The woes of the online tournament formats became apparent once again to those who only partake in Tier 1 events, as game delays and disconnects were a common occurrence. On the bright side, its been entertaining to say the least. New talent to the panel squirmed in their seats to the uncanny methods of Kyle's banter, Sheever blessed another event with her sunshine and Cloud9 were able to secure their first game win under this roster, taking the professional record to 1-12.
Valve keeps Dota ThrivingValve heard the cries of the people and gave the community two additional Aghanim's Scepter upgrades to Void Spirit and Snapfire. Alongside this, the rest of 7.25 dropped on the communities lap. Hidden within equations not meant to be understood by the plebs of Dota, Icefrog effectively changed how gold is given on kills. In layman's terms, ending killing streaks are much more valuable, there is no rubber band effect, killing supports is a lot less valuable, and supports will be earning lesser gold from assists while carries will end up earning more.
Valve also came forward with news that Artifact was not dead, but under heavy reworks. People at Valve were quite surprised by the failure that was the original game, and were determined to fix it. As they work hard to rebuild, the game is often being referred to as Artifact 2 within the studio.
Finally Gabe Newell has spoken out on his love for Dota 2, or at least has been spoken for. In a recent interview with IGN for the release of the new Half-Life game, Newell was asked besides Dota 2, which were his favorite games of the last year. Robin Walker, game developer for Half-Life: Alyx, volunteered an answer for Newell, ‘I don’t understand why I would play any game other than Dota 2 at this point. I’m just going to keep playing Dota 2.'
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VPEsports reported that the departure wasn't on great terms, sighting excessive toxicity in a pub game that resulted in the organization getting fined 1M rubles (~13k USD) by their sponsors. forZe made a statement about the release of the roster for which Ivan "VANSKOR" Skorokhod (position 4 of the former roster) said was all false, but was unable to elaborate due to the Non-Disclosure Agreement signed with the team. Read more here.