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Dota 2 bug causes players to be hit with 20 year matchmaking bans

Published: 3/Oct/2019 19:34 Updated: 3/Oct/2019 22:01

by Scott Robertson

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Multiple Dota 2 players are reporting that a bug is causing them to they receive matchmaking bans until the year 2038.

The Dota gods can be quite mean to their players, but a recent bug that’s been experienced by players playing ranked Dota is especially cruel.

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Multiple players posted screenshots and texts to the Dota 2 subreddit showcasing their unexpected matchmaking bans, expressing dismay at how long the ban lasts for.

Many of the users gave testimony of their non-toxic behavior and even provided proof by linking their DotaBuff profiles to prove their innocence. Some claimed that the near 20-year ban came after the game unexpectedly crashed, while others say it happened right after a normal ranked match.

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In the comments of these posts, more users reported that they too had received the same ban at the same length with zero explanation as to why they are banned. The screenshots show that the only vague reasoning provided is due to “excessive reports, failing to ready-up or abandoning.”

RedditThis user has a positive behavior score but he was still hit with a ban until 2038

This length of ban has been seen in Dota before, but it has been exclusively used in the recent past to try and combat smurfing, boosting, and toxicity. The players who are reporting these lengthy bans now are allegedly playing on their main accounts and demonstrating high community scores.

The original DOTA mod came from the Warcraft III game in 2003, so these bans would last longer than the history of DOTA itself. By the time these bans run out, TI27 will have just finished a few months prior, which will hopefully be the first International to be held in outer space.

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Valve has been under pressure from Dota 2 fans recently in regards to banning, and they addressed the issue in September with a ranked matchmaking update that introduced the lengthy bans.

In that update Valve issued ban waves to those falling under several categories: players with excessively low behavior scores, users buying accounts to play lower or higher ranks, players using exploits or cheats, and smurf accounts. Many players are still calling for Valve to take additional measures.

There has been no response or statement from Valve on this latest ban bug, and it’s unclear for how long these seemingly misdiagnosed indefinite bans will last.

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Dota 2 player Flow passes away after cancer battle

Published: 30/Sep/2020 16:45

by Jacob Hale

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Russian Dota 2 player Alexander ‘Flow’ Sazonov has sadly passed away after losing his two-year battle with cancer.

Flow, who was considered to be a standout performer by fans of the Dota 2 amateur ranks, was an offlane player that, throughout his career, represented organizations such as Vega Squadron and Double Dimension.

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In 2018, while representing Double Dimension, he took a hiatus from competitive play following his cancer diagnosis at the age of 23. Despite a period of health improvements, Flow passed away on Wednesday, September 30, two and a half years after his initial diagnosis.

Flow’s passing was confirmed by organization B8 esports, who posted to Twitter to offer their condolences to his family and friends.

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According to Flow’s VK fan page, he had been feeling healthy until early August when, after undergoing some tests, he learned that the cancer had come back aggressively, and he proceeded to undergo chemotherapy, then developed stomatitis throughout his course.

Based on the experiences he shared on VK, it appears as though his health deteriorated throughout the chemotherapy course and, despite feeling better at times, he unfortunately passed on September 30.

In the announcement on VK, his passing was confirmed, and his resilience shared with his fans. “Sasha left us this morning. He did not give up and until the very end believed that he could defeat the disease.”

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Flow passed away on September 30.

The Dota 2 community has paid tribute to Flow, and compassion for his family’s loss, most notably from the CIS community who have lost one of their own.

Flow’s passing is a sad reminder of how short life can be, and we offer our sincerest condolences to Flow’s family, friends and fans at this difficult time.