Valve Disqualifies Zeus Gaming From The Bucharest Minor
Posted 3rd December 2018 By: Derpina    307 Views
Esports News – Valve disqualifies Chinese team Zeus Gaming from The Bucharest Minor: SEA Open Qualifiers after inappropriately competing for the wrong regional qualifier, vying for a SEA slot. 4SGK, the team Zeus defeated in the 8th round will take their place at a best-of-three match against WarriorsGaming.Unity for the final Open Qualifier slot before heading to the next tournament.
Grounds for disqualification
Valve discovered that Zeus Gaming’s team account on FACEIT, the official website that runs the Open Qualifiers, has records showing that they have three players from Malaysia and another two from Sri Lanka. However, their Liquipedia page has all of its players carrying China as their nationality.
The issue was then studied by DotaBuff, the leading statistics and community website for Dota 2. Experts handling the site revealed that the team had previously competed in the SEA Open Qualifiers of the Kuala Lumpur Major and participated in SEA regional tournaments Flame CUP and JoinDota League 14 Asia as well.
Adding to the flame, Dota 2 statsman and software engineer Ben “Noxville” Steenhuisen also did some research about the team’s current form and previous tournaments. Noxville revealed on his official account that Zeus Gaming has different nationalities on their FACEIT sign-up page and Liquipedia profiles, and most of the players have hidden profiles so it’s difficult to see their regions. Most importantly, all players have a handful of games in China and SEA tournament games.
After all the observations and digging from Valve and different communities, the organization finally decided to disqualify the team from the SEA Open Qualifiers even after beating down Malaysian team WarriorsGaming. Unity and Singaporean team 4SGK in an impressive manner. The winner from the final match will then join BOOM ID, Mineski, and Clutch Gamers before the official tournament.
The Bucharest Minor
The Bucharest Major will move forward despite the mishap caused by Zeus Gaming. The tournament is the second minor for the Dota Pro Circuit and the first for the organizer Pro Gaming League (PGL). It will see 8 teams from Europe, North America, South America, CIS, Southeast Asia, and China competing for the $300,000 prize pool and 500 DPC points for The International 2019. The winner of the Bucharest Minor will then proceed to the Chongqing Major.