The Chongqing Major has had its fair share of controversies. The Major was already involved in a controversy when there were reports of the local Chinese government stepping in to ban two players. The Regional qualifiers for the Chongqing Major have come to an end. The South American qualifiers saw Test123 and Pain Gaming.
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However, Test123 proved to be gaming the system in order to get a spot at the Chongqing Major. Despite not having a majority of South American players, Test123 decided to qualify via the South American qualifiers. The team is not based in South America and they decided to travel to South America just for the Dota 2 Qualifiers. After winning the qualifiers, the team would move back to North America to continue their daily practice and scrims.
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Keeping in mind their direction to the teams regarding the qualifiers, Valve has disqualified Test123 from the SA Qualifiers. Taking their place in the final standings is Thunder Predator. The Thunder Predator team secured the third spot at the South America qualifier losing to Pain Gaming.
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Test123 went forth with the SA Qualifiers despite Valve’s denial
The now disqualified Test123 approached Valve around three months ago. They wanted to clarify Valve’s stance on their participation in the South American regional qualifiers. Valve stated that they will not allow Test123 to participate in the South American qualifiers if they are just moving there for the same. This is against their concept of Regional qualifiers which is to enhance and promote the growth of Dota 2 in the region.
Three months ago, we were contacted by Pain X inquiring about playing in the South American qualifiers. They asked if they could participate in them by travelling back and forth to the region to play in the qualifiers, rather than staying in the region. We explained to them that they couldn’t do that. We walked them through our reasoning, and what the purpose of regional qualifiers are, and why we thought that neither we nor fans would consider them an actual South American team.
However, despite Valve’s position on the matter, Test123 decided to go ahead with the SA Qualifiers. They eventually did qualify for the Chongqing Major after securing the top position in the South American qualifiers. But this goes against Valve’s view on the scope of the regional qualifiers. Valve wants the regional qualifiers to help develop the game in local regions. South American teams [ teams based out of South America ] will practice in the region and scrim against other local teams.
Valve’s decision to disqualify Test123 will only help the Brazilian scene
If Test123’s qualification was not disqualified, it would be a major blow to the local scene. Local teams such as Thunder Predator, Infamous would believe that they have no chance at qualifying for a Major. When teams from North America can simply come and qualify for the Major via the SA Qualifiers, it creates an inequality in the qualification process. The sole reason for teams to opt for the SA qualifier route is because they consider it easier. However, it would severely impact the opportunities presented to the local organisations.
Team 123 (formerly Pain X) were a *direct invite* to the Chongquing Major SA Qualifier. If the team contacted Valve about competing in the region three months ago, why are they being investigated and disqualified only now, AFTER the qualifier was played? pic.twitter.com/EfyWqGeNBa
— Nahaz (@NahazDota) November 28, 2018
Valve’s decision to disqualify Test123 is the right one. However, the Game developer has also clarified that they will consider each case on its merits. As such, if any team wants to relocate to South America, they can discuss the same with Valve. The development of Dota 2 in the South American region can only signal a brighter future for the game. In time, we might also see Dota 2 Majors held in the region if there are adequate facilities available.
The Chongqing Major starts on the 19th of January 2019. While there were rumours of Kuku and Skem receiving a ban from the local Chinese government, there has been no confirmation. If such a decision does come into effect, we expect a statement from Valve very soon. Meanwhile, the North American, Chinese and European qualifiers for the Chongqing Major are still underway.