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ESL Los Angeles Dota 2 major postponed amid coronavirus fears

Published: 12/Mar/2020 4:35 Updated: 13/Mar/2020 18:17

by Scott Robertson

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The third major of the Dota 2 Pro Circuit for 2019/2020 is fast approaching. 16 of the world’s best teams descending on Los Angeles to compete for big money and DPC points with The International 2020 looming in the distance.

March 11 update: ESL have postponed the ESL One Los Angeles Dota 2 major “in light of recent travel restrictions and the evolving COVID-19 situation,” the tournament organizer said.

“We are working closely with Valve to determine a new time and locations for the Major.”

The original article, first published as “When is the ESL Los Angeles Dota 2 major? Schedule, teams, more,” continues below.


 

Inside the Shrine Auditorium in LA, the race towards TI10 heats up, as the pressure is now on some of the top Dota 2 teams in the world to start earning vital DPC points to qualify for the annual world championship.

Many top teams skipped the very first major of this circuit season to rest after a long, grueling TI9, including PSG.LGD, Team Secret, Nigma (ex-Liquid), and the reigning back-to-back International champions OG.

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OG lifting The International aegis for the second straight time in 2019.

With a smaller field, Southeast Asian squad TNC Predator won MDL Chengdu over home-crowd favorites Vici Gaming. Months later, Team Secret emerged victorious at the DreamLeague major in Leipzig, Germany over Evil Geniuses.

OG may be behind in qualifying versus some of the other teams, but this is not the first time they’ve gotten off to a slow start. Last year, they missed the first major, failed to qualify for the next two, and finished 5th-8th at the final two, and even that was enough to qualify for TI9 with the #10 DPC ranking.

When is the ESL LA major?

ESL LA takes place across the entire week of March 15-22. The first two days will feature GSL-style group stage play, consisting of four groups of four teams each. The groups have not yet been announced.

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Secret won the first major of 2020, at DreamHack Leipzig

All teams will qualify for playoffs, with the top two teams from each group starting in the upper bracket. The double-elimination playoffs will take place from March 17 until the Grand Finals on Sunday, March 22.

Streams

With the amount of teams participating, ESL will likely make use of all three of their Dota 2 streams, which we’ve included below for your convenience.

Main Stream

B Stream

C Stream

Schedule

Sunday, March 15

Round Match PST EST GMT
Group A Round 1 TBD vs TBD 10 AM 1 PM 6 PM
Group A Round 1 TBD vs TBD 10 AM 1 PM 6 PM
Group B Round 1 TBD vs TBD 12 PM 3 PM 8 PM
Group B Round 1 TBD vs TBD 12 PM 3 PM 8 PM
Group A Winners’ Match TBD vs TBD 3:35 PM 6:35 PM 11:35 PM
Group A Losers’ Match TBD vs TBD 3:35 PM 6:35 PM 11:35 PM
Group B Winners’ Match TBD vs TBD 3:35 PM 6:35 PM 11:35 PM
Group B Winners’ Match TBD vs TBD 3:35 PM 6:35 PM 11:35 PM
Group A Decider Match TBD vs TBD 7:10 PM 10:10 PM 3:10 AM (March 16)
Group B Decider Match TBD vs TBD 7:10 PM 10:10 PM 3:10 AM (March 16)

Monday, March 16

Round Match PST EST GMT
Group C Round 1 TBD vs TBD 12 PM 3 PM 8 PM
Group C Round 1 TBD vs TBD 12 PM 3 PM 8 PM
Group D Round 1 TBD vs TBD 12 PM 3 PM 8 PM
Group D Round 1 TBD vs TBD 12 PM 3 PM 8 PM
Group C Winners’ Match TBD vs TBD 3:35 PM 6:35 PM 11:35 PM
Group C Losers’ Match TBD vs TBD 3:35 PM 6:35 PM 11:35 PM
Group D Winners’ Match TBD vs TBD 3:35 PM 6:35 PM 11:35 PM
Group D Winners’ Match TBD vs TBD 3:35 PM 6:35 PM 11:35 PM
Group C Decider Match TBD vs TBD 7:10 PM 10:10 PM 3:10 AM (March 17)
Group D Decider Match TBD vs TBD 7:10 PM 10:10 PM 3:10 AM (March 17)

Tuesday, March 17

Round Match PST EST GMT
Upper Bracket Round 1 TBD vs TBD 11 AM 2 PM 7 PM
Upper Bracket Round 1 TBD vs TBD 3:35 PM 6:35 PM 11:35 PM
Lower Bracket Round 1 (Bo1) TBD vs TBD 7:10 PM 10:10 PM 3:10 AM (March 18)
Lower Bracket Round 1 (Bo1) TBD vs TBD 8:25 PM 11:25 PM 4:15 AM (March 18)
Lower Bracket Round 1 (Bo1) TBD vs TBD 9:40 PM 12:40 AM (March 18) 4:15 AM (March 18)
Lower Bracket Round 1 (Bo1) TBD vs TBD 10:55 PM 1:55 AM (March 18) 4:15 AM (March 18)

Wednesday, March 18

Round Match PST EST GMT
Upper Bracket Round 1 TBD vs TBD 12 PM 3 PM 8 PM
Upper Bracket Round 1 TBD vs TBD 3:35 PM 6:35 PM 11:35 PM
Lower Bracket Round 2 TBD vs TBD 7:10 PM 10:10 PM 3:10 AM (March 19)
Lower Bracket Round 2 TBD vs TBD 10:55 PM 1:55 AM (March 19) 4:15 AM (March 19)

Thursday, March 19

Round Match PST EST GMT
Lower Bracket Round 2 TBD vs TBD 12 PM 3 PM 8 PM
Lower Bracket Round 2 TBD vs TBD 3:35 PM 6:35 PM 11:35 PM
Upper Bracket Round 2 TBD vs TBD 7:10 PM 10:10 PM 3:10 AM (March 20)
Upper Bracket Round 2 TBD vs TBD 10:55 PM 1:55 AM (March 20) 4:15 AM (March 20)

Friday, March 20

Round Match PST EST GMT
Lower Bracket Round 3 TBD vs TBD 12 PM 3 PM 8 PM
Lower Bracket Round 3 TBD vs TBD 3:50 PM 6:50 PM 11:50 PM
Lower Bracket Round 4 TBD vs TBD 7:40 PM 10:40 PM 3:40 AM (March 21)

Saturday, March 21

Round Match PST EST GMT
Lower Bracket Round 4 TBD vs TBD 12 PM 3 PM 8 PM
Upper Bracket Final TBD vs TBD 3:50 PM 6:50 PM 11:50 PM
Lower Bracket Round 5 TBD vs TBD 7:40 PM 10:40 PM 3:40 AM (March 22)

Sunday, March 22

Round Match PST EST GMT
Lower Bracket Final TBD vs TBD 3:30 PM 6:30 PM 11:30 PM
Grand Final (Bo3) TBD vs TBD 5:30 PM 8:30 PM 1:30 AM (March 23)

Teams

  • Team Secret – European Qualifier
  • OG – European Qualifier
  • Ninjas in Pyjamas – European Qualifier
  • Invictus Gaming – China Qualifier
  • Royal Never Give Up – China Qualifier
  • EHOME – China Qualifier
  • Fnatic – SE Asia Qualifier
  • Geek Fam- SE Asia Qualifier
  • Team Adroit – SE Asia Qualifier
  • Natus Vincere – CIS Qualifier
  • Virtus Pro – CIS Qualifier
  • Evil Geniuses – North American Qualifier
  • Chaos Esports Club – North American Qualifier
  • Thunder Predator – South American Qualifier
  • beastcoast – South American Qualifier
  • TBD – StarLadder ImbaTV Minor Winner
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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.