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Bizarre Dota 2 base race leads to nailbiter ESL One ending

Published: 25/Oct/2019 20:11 Updated: 26/Oct/2019 15:54

by Scott Robertson


The final match of a Dota 2 series between beastcoast and Wind and Rain at the ESL One Hamburg tournament was an hour-long slobberknocker with a wild ending.

The best games in titles like League of Legends and Dota 2 are the games that snowball slowly over time before turning into an avalanche of chaos.

On the stage of the Barclaycard Arena in Hamburg, Germany, two teams went to war in the first round of the lower bracket of ESL One. Their final map was an absolute classic, and came down to a bizarre base race between the two teams. Even the official Dota 2 account for ESL couldn’t believe it.

Beastcoast had just won a massive teamfight late in the match, and were knocking on the door of the Wind and Rain base. 

As the players where whittling down the Radiant fountain, Wind and Rain’s AI-controlled minions – better known as creeps – were trying to win the game for their team while most of their players were still waiting to resurrect.

But humans beat computers this time, as the Beastcoast players melted down the Wind and Rain Fountain’s health to zero just seconds before their own base would have been depleted by creeps.

This phenomenon is commonly referred to as a base race, and occurs at the end of matches when both teams abandon the typical battles within lanes and jungles and opt to race each other to see who can destroy the base and end the match first.

The chaotic end to the third game was the perfect way to finish the series, described by desk host Paul ‘RedEye’ Chaloner as “one of the most exciting series since The International.” RedEye also said video of the epic series is worth grabbing if you’re a big fan of Dota.

Beastcoast, a Peruvian roster that competed at the International 2019 as INFAMOUS and finished 7th/8th in Shanghai, took the series 2-1 when the bizarre base race was settled. Wind and Rain, a European underdog who stood in when Invictus Gaming pulled out of the tournament, was sent home.

Beast won those two games in their series despite trailing for the majority of each match, and advances to play Vici Gaming, who they would have faced at TI9 had they won their series against the legendary Team Secret.


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.