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TNC Predator win MDL Chengdu Dota2 Major – Final Placements

Published: 24/Nov/2019 16:09

by Scott Robertson


TNC Predator have taken the first major of the 2019-2020 Dota 2 Pro Circuit, and with it claim $300,000 and 4,850 vital points toward qualification for the International 2020. They defeated Vici Gaming 3-1 in the grand finals in Chengdu.

The Southeast Asian juggernaut TNC Predator have claimed another tournament trophy in their short but impressive history. The two-time WESG champions have claimed their second major trophy in the past month, having won ESL One Hamburg at the end of October, and their first Valve major trophy ever.

Chinese fans can still be proud of their domestic teams, as Invictus claimed third place and Vici took second at major’s end.

A fine consolation prize given that one of the best teams from China, PSG.LGD, opted to skip the first major of the year while one of their starters returns from injury. They weren’t the only top team to miss Chengdu.

For Dota 2 fans, they got to witness the primetime debuts of several new rosters, as a vast amount of organizations made big changes to their teams after The International 2019. Fans will still have to wait to see the DPC debuts for OG, Team Secret, PSG, and the ex-Team Liquid roster.

The next Dota 2 major will take place January 18-26, at DreamLeague Season 13 in Leipzig, Germany. The corresponding minor will take place just before that, at the WePlay! Bukovel Minor, at a tremendously unique Ukrainian location.

MDL Chengdu Dota2 Major – Final Placements

Place Team Cash Prize Dota Pro Circuit Points
1st TNC Predator $300,000 4,850
2nd Vici Gaming $160,000 3,000
3rd Invictus Gaming $110,000 2,100
4th Evil Geniuses $80,000 1,350
5th/6th Team Liquid $60,000 900
5th/6th J.Storm $60,000 900
7th/8th Alliance $40,000 450
7th/8th beastcoast $40,000 450
9th-12th EHOME $25,000 150
9th-12th Team Aster $25,000 150
9th-12th Fnatic $25,000 150
9th-12th Fighting PandaS $25,000 150
13th-16th Team Spirit $12,500 100
13th-16th Gambit Esports $12,500 100
13th-16th Team Unknown $12,500 100
13th-16th Team Adroit $12,500 100

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.