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Former Dota 2 pro blames game’s “broken system” for switch to League of Legends

Published: 3/Jan/2020 10:16 Updated: 3/Jan/2020 10:27

by Joe O'Brien


Former Dota 2 pro Ylli ‘Garter’ Ramadani has announced that he is moving to League of Legends, citing Dota’s “broken” competitive system as the reason.

Garter has competed in Dota 2 since 2011, although he has never quite broken into the top tier of play, and has now announced he will be departing the game in favor of League of Legends.

There has long been a fierce rivalry between fans of the two MOBAs, one that surfaced again recently after Team Liquid’s Yilliang ‘Doublelift’ Peng claimed that League of Legends was the harder game, with two-time The International winner Sébastien ‘Ceb’ Debs also weighing in.

In a Twitlonger explaining his decision, Garter highlights several issues with Dota 2 as the causes for switch, primarily being in the structure and instability of tier two competition. With players relying on third-party organizers to create tournaments, opportunities to compete can be scarce, and “even as scarce as they are, you can’t count on the money won because they just don’t always pay out.”

Meanwhile, with Dota 2 lacking a central authority to implement and oversee rules against poaching, Garter states he has repeatedly found over his career that promising teams can quickly find themselves taken apart with no notice as players receive offers from more established organizations.

Dota 2’s The International is one of the biggest spectacles in esports, but Garter’s view of the tier two scene is far less impressive.

It’s not just the professional scene that he takes issue with, however, but the game itself. Describing the game’s matchmaking system as “the last straw”, he states that at the upper end of ranked play he consistently encounters either extremely long queue times, or “extremely unbalanced free-for-alls” featuring players with a wide range of skill levels.

Despite his frustrations with Dota2, Garter states that is still an “amazing game”, but that it is time for a fresh start:

“Dota 2 is really an amazing game and I have met some incredible people and had some positive and impactful experiences, but it’s time to hang up my Dota 2 hat and start the new year, the new decade with a new start.”

Riot GamesLeague of Legends competition is much more closely controlled by Riot Games.

That new start will be a move to Dota 2’s chief rival MOBA, League of Legends. While Garter states that he is not even yet able to play ranked in League of Legends, which requires that accounts be level 30 and have unlocked 20 champions, but is “already in love with the game.”

Where Dota 2’s professional scene is largely operated by third-party tournament organizers, Riot Games not only directly control tier one competition with their major leagues, but also tier two, including the Academy competitions and a variety of leagues in smaller regions, which therefore in many cases offer more stability than tier-two competition in an open circuit can necessarily provide.


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.