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TI9 could see first all Western final since 2013

Published: 24/Aug/2019 20:56 Updated: 6/Apr/2020 13:09

by Bill Cooney


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The 2019 International Dota 2 Championships will wrap up on August 25 and if Team Liquid have their way, we could see the first all Western international final in over half a decade.

The International has been going on since August 20 and now there’s only one more match remaining before the Grand Finals and a new champ is crowned.

To earn the right to face the 2018 International champs OG in the grand finale, Team Liquid and PSG.LGD will have a showdown in the Loser’s Finals at 10 AM EST on Sunday, August 25.

As always, you can tune in right here with Dexerto and our official TI9 match hub for both of the Finals on Sunday.

ValveTeams will battle out for the grand prize of $15,543,621 on Sunday.

How did we get here?

To start things off, Team Liquid had a rough time in the Group Stage, where they actually lost 0-2 against PSG.LGD in a match on Day two.

Since then though, they’ve managed to claw their way back through the loser’s bracket to face the very impressive Chinese squad one more time.

PSG has gone on an impressive run this year, going 5-3-0 in the Group Stage before dominating the bracket leading up to Sunday’s rematch with Team Liquid.

With an all-China roster, and The International taking place in Shanghai this year, PSG is definitely the favorite for local fans – who have made the team’s matches very entertaining to watch.

What about OG?

Whatever team wins on Sunday morning will have to try and dethrone OG in the Grand Finals, who did even better than PSG in the group stage, going 6-2-0.

OG features an entire roster of impressive players, like for example mid player Topias ‘Topson’ Taavitsainen, who came into The International unproven, but has already emerged as a rising star of his own.

ValveOG are looking to take home even more hardware with a repeat of their 2018 Finals performance.

August 25 promises to be one of the biggest days for Dota 2 so far in 2019 – and it will be fun to watch and see who ends up walking away as champion.


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.