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Liquid Dota 2 team falls on stage celebrating impossible comeback win

Published: 22/Jan/2020 16:22

by Scott Robertson

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With their tournament lives at stake, Team Liquid’s Dota 2 roster survived an impossible onslaught vs Virtus.Pro at the DreamLeague Season 13 major, and just about nearly broke the set celebrating.

Team Liquid may not have Amer ‘Miracle-” Al-Barkawi on their roster anymore, after he and the Dota 2 International 2017 championship roster left to form Nigma at the end of 2019, but the new Liquid roster aren’t short on making their own miracles.

The former Alliance roster needed that miracle in their first-round lower bracket match against Virtus.Pro. With just one game deciding the series, both teams needed one win to stay alive, and despite maintaining control for most of the match, Liquid found themselves in dire straits after 71 minutes.

VP were pushing down onto the Liquid base with all five of its members, and with only two Liquid players alive in Samuel ‘Boxi’ Svahn and Tommy ‘Taiga’ Le. Taiga had just bought back, and was able to take down one VP player in Roman ‘Resolut1on’ Fominok, but hope still looked lost.

Then, suddenly, the unthinkable happened.

Vitalie ‘Save-’ Melnic strayed too far from his teammates, allowing Taiga to pick off another Virtus.Pro player. After losing two, VP focused their attention on the Liquid fountain, but Taiga was still focused on pulling off the comeback.

He dropped two more players before Boxi cleaned up the last, erasing the enemy team with less than 10% of their base’s health left, leaving the casters bewildered.

With no buybacks available for the Virtus.Pro side, and Liquid players respawning and flying over to their fountain, they called “gg wp,” securing the win for the Liquid side, and prompting an ecstatic celebration from the victors that caused them to topple over, crashing into chairs as they went down.

Another caster, Austin ‘Capitalist’ Walsh captured an extended look at the celebration and shared it on Twitter.

Thankfully no one was hurt as the Liquid team piled on top of the clutch Taiga, but sadly, the egos and confidence of Virtus.Pro must be hurting.

VP were considered favorites at TI9 back in August, but crashed and burned again on The International stage. They re-tooled after that tournament, but went a disappointing 0-5 at DreamLeague Leipzig, and finished in last place.

The disappointment heard on the CIS casters’ call of the final play requires no translation.

With the victory, Liquid awaits the winner of Na’Vi and the roster’s former club in Alliance. DreamLeague Season 13 is the first major of the 2020 Dota Pro Circuit, and features a prize pool of $1 million and 15,000 DPC points.

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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. 

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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.

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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.