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Gabe Newell makes surprise appearance during Dota 2’s Midas Mode

Published: 24/Sep/2019 23:32 Updated: 25/Sep/2019 0:05

by Isaac McIntyre


Dota 2 tournament Midas Mode 2.0.

It’s not often Valve’s co-founder ‘Gaben’ makes appearances relating to Dota’s esports scene. Outside of his addresses live on-stage at each year’s The International, Newell keeps relatively clear of the professional scene altogether.

The game’s founding father seems to have made an exception to his unspoken appearance rules, however, gracing Midas Mode 2.0 spectators with a brief message in a similar vein – albeit a little less grand – to his opening ceremony speeches from TIs of years passed.

Early in the tournament’s September 24 stream, as the presenters filed out on to the lavishing gold-covered stage in fitting with the money-theme of Midas Mode, the announcers stunned viewers with a call-out for Valve’s leading man: “And now, Gabe Newell!”

Newell appeared on-screen in a short ten-second video that panned across his office to reveal the man himself lounging in his chair. “Welcome… to Midas Mode,” he said.

The budget appearance of the world-famous Valve developer tied in with the event’s ‘bootleg’ style, which started from the very first moments of the stream.

The Midas Mode personalities and commentators filed out on stage armed with streamers, poles, and woodwind instruments, playing out a version of the Dota 2 entry theme. While it had all the hallmarks of an International ceremony, there were just a few things missing.

The tongue-in-cheek ceremony and Gaben welcome message were all very much in line with what SirActionSlacks aims to achieve with his Midas Mode tournament – lighthearted fun.

The tournament features a unique format where teams are given ‘Moonbucks,’ which allows them to pick and ban heroes, choose sides of the map, force pauses, and more. Thus out-of-game economy, supplemented by a stock market, is the basis of the event.

One example of the humorous aim of the twelve-team competition was sponsor’s abilities to create custom-made characters for the event. One stand-out was submitted by OG captain Johan ‘N0tail’ Sundstein, who invoked Dreamwork’s Shrek franchise for his Ogra creation.

Fans tuning in to the second iteration of Midas Mode were certainly impressed, with one shocked spectator in disbelief had secured the developer’s appearance: “LOL I can’t believe they got fucking Gaben.”

Others made jokes about SirActionSlacks’ growing power in the Dota 2 community, and how his meme-based personality had clearly rubbed Valve the right way.

“Slacks is growing ever powerful,” said one fan, while another seemed simply in awe of the host’s trajectory. “Slacks went from shitposting memelord, to shitposting memelord who organizes tournaments with three TI winning teams and fucking Gaben himself.”

FELIX FRANK, DREAMHACKSirActionSlacks had a heavy hand in founding the tongue-in-cheek Midas Mode tournament.

After a host of dramas surrounding Valve-sponsored Pro Circuit events being scheduled right on Midas Mode’s already announced dates, the tournament has finally kicked off.

The star-studded team lineup, including major rosters like Alliance, Fnatic, Vici Gaming, and two-time TI champions OG, are currently battling for the $150,000 prize pool. Alliance got the event underway with a 2-0 victory over Sir Sadim’s Stunners on the opening day.


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.