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Dota 2 fans outraged by Pro Circuit and Midas Mode 2 event clash

Published: 11/Sep/2019 17:50 Updated: 11/Sep/2019 18:55

by Scott Robertson

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After the culmination of The International 2019, Dota 2 fans have been patiently waiting for more information regarding the upcoming Dota Pro Circuit. On September 10, Valve announced the rules of and changes to the circuit that leads into next year’s International, but that announcement came with a major complication.

Midas Mode 2 is an upcoming Dota 2 tournament being organized by Moonduck.tv, which Slacks is a founding member of. The dates were finalized for September 24 – October 2nd, and this finalization came after numerous date changes in the past.

Moonduck.tvPromotional image for Midas Mode 2

The tournament features a unique format, as each team is given an amount of currency called Moonbucks, and they have to use this currency to pick and ban certain heroes, pick sides of the map, and even pause. 

This gives teams an out-of-game economy that they have to manage throughout the tournament, complete with a stock market and bounty system to help them manage their Moonbucks.

But now plans may have to be changed yet again, as Valve announced a new streamlined qualifier system for the majors and minors of the DPC, and this first qualifier is set to take place between September 30 – October 5.

The community has not responded well to this conflict, suggesting that at best, Valve doesn’t care about lower-tier tournaments, or at worse, deliberately scheduled the qualifier for the same time.

At the time of writing this, 1:25 PM EST on September 11, a post on the Dota 2 subreddit titled “Petition to change Qualifier dates to not destroy Midas Mode” has a reddit score of over 5000. The subreddit also has several posts at the top of its page outlining why Valve should be supporting tournament like Midas Mode 2 rather than sabotaging them.

SirActionSlacks is clearly not pleased with the conflicting dates either, especially after having to change dates a couple of times already. Slacks had already secured numerous sponsors for the event, a venue in Denver, Colorado, and a $150k prize pool. 

He also doesn’t want to let down supporters and fans who have contributed to an IndieGogo campaign that raised $15k and allowed backers to customize items and heroes that will appear in the tournament.

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Exclusive: Dota 2 legends OG bring Asian bookmakers Fun88 into esports

Published: 17/Nov/2020 7:59 Updated: 20/Nov/2020 14:15

by Adam Fitch

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Fun88, the Asian bookmakers who sponsor football club Newcastle United, have entered esports through a deal with OG.

The two-time champions of The International, the best-paying tournament series in esports, have signed a multi-year partnership with the betting company.

The partnership will see Fun88 work with the organization to “bring fans closer to the Dota 2 action” through community interactions and “pre-play, real-time, and post-match insights.”

The bookmakers will also have their logo shown on the shoulder of jerseys worn by the legendary Dota 2 players.

OG N0tail The International 2019
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OG are the defending The International champions.

OG’s well-known roster includes Johan ‘N0tail’ Sundsteni, Martin ‘Saksa’ Sazdov, Sébastien ‘Ceb’ Debs, Topias ‘Topson’ Taavitsainen, and Yeik ‘MidOne’ Nai Zheng.

They are the current defending world champions having won The International in both 2018 and 2019, with this year’s iteration of the tournament being delayed due to the global health situation.

“OG Esports’ legacy and story in Dota is one of the most legendary stories in esports and, because of this, we have been able to break into the mainstream and our story has been documented in many mediums — articles, magazines, and several documentaries,” JMR Luna, CEO of OG, told Dexerto. “Following this trajectory, OG has become the breach for new non-endemic companies that want to break into this space.”

“Fun88 have a great track record and have really invested in traditional sports, this is the next step for them as they recognize that some of the biggest competitions in the world right now are happening behind screens,” he continued. “This is a great moment for esports because we’re welcoming a new massive brand into our ecosystem which ultimately benefits everyone. We’ve worked really hard to make this happen and we’re happy we can finally announce it.”

Outside of esports, Fun88 have worked with late basketball icon Kobe Bryant and football club Tottenham Hotspur. In July 2020, they extended their sponsorship deal with Newcastle United for an undisclosed period of time.

Betting sponsors may not be new in esports, but this is the first rodeo for Fun88.