It feels like the earlier days of Dota 2. It seems like there is competitive Dota being casted all the time. If you felt this, you are right. Right now is a great time to be a Dota fan with the constant Dota action being brought to us at all hours of the day and night. The past few weeks we have been inundated with the Summit Qualifiers, WESG Qualifiers and the ticket everyone wants to get on, the Boston Major Qualifiers.
Before we get to the game play, lets handle some of the drama. If you are not aware, Puppey has delivered a response to Eternal Envy’s blog post. In Puppey’s response he believe he does not need to defend himself at all based on the EE’s words, his actions speaks for themselves. Puppey also goes ahead and thanks his current teammates for staying with him as well. Regardless of response from Puppey, EE just believe it is empty words. It could be Puppey’s way to not add fuel to the fire as well. In any event, one match that I am very excited to see in the future is NP vs Secret, a definite match for the ages.
Another bit of drama circulating the Dota scene is around the Boston Major Open Qualifiers. The North American qualifiers in particular were a mess because there is no hard rule for what makes you eligible to play in a regions qualifier. Teams from other regions can play wherever they want. The only requirement for teams to play in other regions is to withstand the high ping associated with playing in a far off region. As a result this round of major qualifications for the NA region saw an influx of European teams joining in. The last hope of a NA open team making it to the regionals was the Vegetable Esports Club, who managed to make to the grand final of the open qualifiers 1. Unfortunately Vegetable Esports Clubs was not able to over their EU opponent Pro Dota, who won in convincing fashion. The second round of open qualifiers was no different, and by the final 4 teams of the open qualifiers 2 an EU team was guaranteed to take another NA open qualifier spot. The second spot went to Elements Pro, narrowly beating out Sing Sing and Kaipi. Be sure to stay tunned to regionals which are taking place this week.
Onto the Summit 6, brought the boys at Beyond the Summit. The qualifiers have ended and the final teams have been decided. The last team to qualify was ICEICEICE and Black^’s team Faceless who to took the SEA region. Faceless will join the other regional qualifiers EHOME, Virtus.Pro and NP and the directly invited teams Wings Gaming, DC and EG. The LAN takes place November 16th – 20th.
Recently a balancing patch came out that made some changes to a few of the current meta heroes. One major change was the change to Bat Rider’s flame break which no longer breaks tp’s or channel spelled. Although the spell does more damage per tick now so the kill potential is still there for hero. Another change was a drop in Drow Ranger’s strength gain from 1.9-1.6, not the greatest lost as she is an agility hero. The latest patch we also saw a nerf to Outworld Devourer’s base damage by a whopping 6 points. To read more on the the latest balance patch read more here