It’s not uncommon for Dota 2 teams to move to a different region, to participate in relatively easier qualifiers for major tournaments. Most of these teams/players end up flocking to SA, because it is considered the easiest region to qualify from. SA stands for the South American region.
Pain X’s ban from The Chongqing Major is one of the best examples for this situation.
4 of the 5 players from Pain X’s team were from the NA region, and since they tried to qualify for The Chongqing Major from the SA region, Valve themselves stepped in and banned Pain X from the tournament. Check out this article for more details.
After this incident, Valve made it clear as to what can be considered wrong, regarding players/teams moving from one region to another.
The reasons for guaranteed spots for each region is because we want to help nurture competitive growth in different regions, as well as have regional representation for fans around the world. We think it’s important for fans to be able to see their regions grow, and their teams compete in global events. A team temporarily traveling to and from a region just to compete in the qualifiers clearly does not provide any meaningful benefit to the region, and harms growth overall. When you are an actual team that lives in a region, you end up practicing with other teams, nurturing the region and growing local fans there. We explained this to Pain X three months ago, and as such, after investigating, we are removing them from the South American qualifiers. – From Valve’s blogpost.
However, it seems like this won’t stop players/teams from finding a loophole in the system. And this is where Team Infamous and Team FreeStyle’s Duster come into the picture.
Duster’s beef against EU
Heitor “Duster” Pereira called out Team Infamous because their current roster consists of 4 European players. The 5th player is Mariano “Papita” Caneda from Argentina.
chama mais eurocuck que só 4 ainda ta fácil @Infamous_GG
— Heitor Pereira (@Dusterdota) May 16, 2019
This translates to “Call more than 4 Eurocucks, it will be easier”. Team Infamous’ carry player, Oliver “oliver” Lepko responded with the following tweet.
get ouf of group stage before you talk
— skiter (@oliverdota2) May 16, 2019
Apparently, Duster got extremely furious at oliver’s comment. He replied by saying the following:
You never qualified for anything in your life, you came here for slots not to help grow our region. Go back to your country, random european cuck. https://t.co/Ta8Bh51bI8
— Heitor Pereira (@Dusterdota) May 16, 2019
Jabbz tries to defend oliver
Mathis “Jabbz” Friesel, a professional Dota 2 player from Germany tried supporting oliver with the following tweet:
He lives in SA, plays pubs with SA players and scrims against SA players. How can he possibly improve your region more? If he ends up qualifying then maybe you should think about improving instead of blaming it on people being better than you )
— jabbz (@jabbz1301) May 17, 2019
To which Duster replied with:
He plays NA pubs NOT SA, and loves to be racist when scriming our teams. You improve the region but not being a fucking manchild. He is pathethic and has a long way to go to reach dpc tournaments.
— Heitor Pereira (@Dusterdota) May 17, 2019
What I could gather from all these tweets is that Duster’s anger came out primarily due to the fact that skiter (and maybe others from his team) was being racist in scrims. This is definitely a valid reason to get angry, but personally I feel that Duster could have handled it better. He is a very young player, and making tweets like this can harshly affect his Dota 2 career.
Team Infamous having 4 European players is also not right in my opinion, but I can understand the players’ reasoning for doing it. Europe is the hardest region to compete in. It consists of some of the best tier 1 and tier 2 teams in the world. Qualifying from EU is exponentially harder compared to all the other regions.
Is it fine for Team Infamous to do what they are doing? Share your opinions in the comments down below. I think that Valve should do something to prevent players from flocking to the SA region. Like giving more slots to the EU region for example.
Check out this reddit thread for more opinions on this. The Dota 2 subreddit is having a very interesting discussion on this topic.
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