Dota 2’s The International 10 delayed until “likely” 2021

Published: 1/May/2020 1:13

by Andrew Amos


Dota 2’s TI10, set to be held in Stockholm, Sweden, in August, will be delayed until “likely” 2021, although no dates have been locked in as of yet.

Dota 2 fans will have to wait another few months for The International this year. The multi-million dollar tournament has been delayed indefinitely, although it’s “likely” the date will be pushed back into 2021.

The Battle Pass, alongside other rewards associated with the event, have also been postponed.

In an announcement on April 30, Valve noted that it was almost impossible to commit to their August date given the current global situation.

“We have been exploring various date possibilities, but it’s likely that the event will need to happen in 2021,” they said. “We don’t expect to have enough confidence to communicate firm dates in the near future.”

Alongside The International being delayed, items like the Battle Pass (formerly known as the Compendium) will also be released at a later date.

“With our team working from home and things taking longer to complete, the release date of the Battle Pass will be at least a couple of weeks later than usual.”

The International isn’t the only major Dota 2 tournament currently affected. The Dota Pro Circuit will be undergoing a restructure after all in-person events had been canceled. While some tournaments made the jump online, some had to be canceled entirely.

Valve has made a contingency plan for the Fall 2020 season ⁠— which was expected to be the first under the new regional leagues system ⁠— which will be revealed at a later date.

OG's JerAx lifts the Aegis after TI9 triumph
TI9 was won by European squad OG, who pocketed $15 million.

The International 9, held in Shanghai, China, was won by European squad OG. The defending TI champions won over $15 million after they took down Team Liquid (now Nigma) 3-1 in the grand final.

TI10 was set to be held on August 18 to 23, with 18 of the world’s best Dota 2 teams taking part. It is the tournament’s first foray into Europe since 2011, after being held in North America for 7 years and Asia once since TI1.


Dota 2’s Newbee banned from all Valve events after match-fixing scandal

Published: 3/Jan/2021 11:04

by Joe Craven


Chinese esports organization Newbee, and its entire Dota 2 roster, have been permanently banned from all Valve competitions, following a match-fixing controversy from May 2020. 

Newbee is one of China’s better-known esports organizations, particularly when it comes to Dota 2. Established in 2014, the team has accumulated over $13,000,000 in total earnings – mostly in part thanks to Dota2’s TI.

Back in May, Newbee was plunged into one of the biggest controversies in Chinese esports history, after their entire roster was implicated in a match-fixing scandal.

The team, consisting of Xu ‘Moogy’ Han, Yin ‘AQ’ Rui, Wen ‘Wizard’ Lipeng, Yan ‘Waixi’ Chao, and Zeng ‘Faith’ Hongda, was found to have been match-fixing in a number of competitions, including the China Dota 2 Pro League Season 2 and DPL-CDA Professional League Season 1. 

Moogy from Dota 2
Moogy is one of the Newbee roster implicated in the match-fixing scandal.

After the scandal came to light back in May 2020, the team was promptly banned from all events organized by ImbaTV, Mars Media, and CDA. They were also immediately disqualified from the aforementioned leagues in which the fixed matches took place.

Following the revelations and tournament bans, many fans were waiting for further bans, particularly from Valve sanctioned event, as well as Perfect World. Both came in early 2021, with the news being confirmed that the organization and all 5 players implicated have been permanently banned from Valve events. That includes The International, which Newbee won back in 2014.

Dota2 confirmed the bans on their official Weibo account. The following screenshot is a translation.

Dota2 on Weibo
Confirmation of the bans on Dota2’s Weibo account.

Dota 2 insider ‘Wykrhm Reddy’ also confirmed the news on January 3, stating that the reason is match-fixing.

The news did not come as a major surprise, but many fans were disappointed with the confirmation given the stardom of some players, particularly Faith and Moogy.

Following on from the controversy, Newbee parted company with AQ, Wizard and Waixi in August of 2020. None of them have officially found a new roster.

For the time being, Faith and Moogy remain on Newbee’s roster but, with indefinite bans pretty much across the board now, it looks like their time competing in Dota 2 is nigh on over.