The teams for the Dota Pro Circuit 2021 are all set... or are they? Team Assault was just disqualified from the SEA Lower Division due to account sharing.
The qualifiers for the Dota Pro Circuit 2021 came to an end, and we have a good idea of which teams made it to the first season. Unfortunately, some last-minute changes were made, and it’s exactly what you expected...
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Team Assault disqualified
Team Assault initially earned a spot in the Lower Division of SEA but today PGL announced they’re disqualified and their slot is taken by Army Geniuses. Why? The official reason given is “account sharing”.
DPC 2021 SEA Lower Division Announcement:— PGL (@pglesports) January 14, 2021
Team Assault is disqualified due to account sharing and is replaced by Army Geniuses.#DPCSEA
So who was sharing an account? According to rumors Assault actually consisted of Newbee players, who were officially banned by Valve from all events just a week ago. Whether that’s just a rumor remains unclear.
Team MagMa’s mid laner banned
In the meantime, a player from the Chinese team MagMa was banned from the DPC 2021 due to match-fixing. The player in question is Chen "zc" Xiaofeng. According to a Weibo post by Chen “Zhou” Yao, Xiaofeng was involved in match-fixing while he was on Team Ocean.
The remaining four players on Team MagMa are still allowed to compete. All they’ll have to do is find a substitute player.
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DeMoN’s team made the cut
Another team that was left without a fifth player was Aristotle. That was a result of Beyond the Summit’s decision to ban Jimmy “DeMoN” Ho due to previous allegations.
Player Jimmy "DeMoN" Ho has been banned from participating in the DPC due to misconduct at previous Dota 2 tournaments. Team Aristotle can continue to compete in the NA DPC league and will be permitted to register a replacement player.— NA DPC League (@NADPCLeague) January 9, 2021
Aristotle found a substitute for the final match in the NA qualifiers and defeated Team DogChamp which earned them a spot in the Upper Division of the region.
Will the number of bans surrounding the Dota Pro Circuit keep growing? There are only a few days remaining before the league's kick-off, so let's hope the drama will simmer down by then.
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