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How to watch Dota 2’s True Sight: The International 2019 documentary

Published: 27/Jan/2020 13:03

by Connor Bennett

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The newest installment of Dota 2’s True Sight series will be celebrating OG’s historic second International victory. So, here’s what you need to know about watching it as it finally premieres. 

The release of the True Sight documentary film that dives into the result of the previous The International event is something that the whole Dota 2 community looks forward to.

It gives fans an insight into what players were thinking and feeling during some of the most highly intense games of the annual event. With OG making history as the first team to win two TI titles – including going back-to-back – the newest True Sight will, again, put them under the microscope and show just how they made history. 

An image of n0tail and the OG team celebrating their win at The International 9
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OG made history as the first Dota 2 team to win two Internationals.

Where to watch True Sight: The International 2019 live

The showing of the True Sight documentary for The International 9 will kick off at 6pm GMT/1pm EST/10 am PST/7pm CET on Tuesday, January 28th. As ever, there will be slightly more to it than just watching the documentary.

Those that do want to watch the documentary with their fellow Dota 2 fanatics will have to head to either the dota2ti Twitch page or log into SteamTV. We’ve embedded the Twitch channel bellow though, so you don’t have to go anywhere.

Watch live video from dota2ti on www.twitch.tv

How to watch True Sight: The International 2019 on YouTube

However, If you’re busy on Tuesday and can’t make the live showing of the documentary, and the accompanying ceremony, then there is no need to worry. 

As ever, the full film will go live on the Dota2 YouTube channel at the conclusion of the live event, so make sure to keep an eye out on there.

With the now-iconic OG roster in flux following the retirement of Jesse ‘JerAx’ Vainikka and Aussie Anathan ‘Ana’ Pham returning to his break, the team will obviously have to make some big decisions about where they go next, especially as they go in search of trying to defend their TI crown for the third time. 

Of course, that will be no easy feat seeing as the new season of the Dota Pro Circuit is chock full of teams who have the talent to go on a TI winning run, but they’ll have to hope that the luck of the draw is with them.

The International 10 returns to Europe – Stockholm, Sweden, to be exact – in August, where the eventual winner will be the focus of next year’s True Sight film.

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

Published: 3/Jan/2021 11:04

by Joe Craven

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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
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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
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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.