Following the qualifiers’ conclusion at the Dota Pro Circuit 2021, several Dota 2 esports teams have had their slots voided due to DPC drama. These players violated the DPC 2021’s rules and regulations, such as identity theft or playing across multiple regions. After all, with such high-value rewards on the line, who wouldn’t want a bite of that prize pool?
Dota Pro Circuit Drama
Soaring towards the SE Asia regionals, Team Assault was one of eight qualified teams to make it into the lower division. However, these players performed exceptionally well for a stack of players who popped out of the blue. Their performance raised suspicions from prominent SEA pros like Galvin “Meracle” Kang Jian Wen, who took to Twitter to express concerns.
Former Fnatic player, Adam Erwann Shah “343” bin Akhtar Hussein also shared similar thoughts regarding this mysterious team. As such, it wasn’t long before tournament organizer, PGL, announced that Team Assault was disqualified for account sharing. While there were no further details about who these accounts were shared with, rumor has it that they were ex-Newbee players.
Weeks ago, Chinese Esports powerhouse, Newbee, and its roster were officially Valve-banned due to match-fixing.
Arkosh Gaming Smurfing
At North America, Jake “SirActionSlacks” Kanner’s team, Arkosh Gaming, was the talk of the town after their successful run in the lower division. The latter even got into a heated debate with David “MoonMeander” Tan about Arkosh Gaming players’ lack of official identity and match data. This piece of DPC drama certainly raised questions.
Understandably, being anonymous to opponents does give certain advantages, especially in Dota 2 esports. Furthermore, MoonMeander also questioned Valve’s negligence in smurfing in the competitive scene.
Since Valve nor Beyond the Summit organizer have responded about this, it probably isn’t illegal to use a new account for professional matches. However, for the sake of sportsmanship, that is an unhonourable thing to do.
It’s Okay Region Hopping
For the players of It’s Okay, they thought they could play in multiple tournaments across regions. Little did they expect Valve to have serious measures in place to hunt down such a case. A simple method of investigating this is by checking the players’ IP addresses. Since these players played in Valve’s servers, it’s an easy task to find this info.
Frankly, if it wasn’t for Valve’s strict monitoring over its DPC system, any team could avoid drama and possibly play in two regional leagues due to the different schedules. Valve probably uses IP address tracking to identify unusual activities in their game servers too.
Now, two worthy replacements are given a second chance at the DPC 2021. Fans hope that they make the best out of this opportunity.
Written by Marcus Wong
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