After the two debacles of Dota players Skem and Kuku writing "chingchong" towards Chinese players, the Dota community has flared with discussions on racism and diversity. Notail, Resolution, and ppD released a joint statement acknowledging the importance of recent events, the focus on inclusion in a game with a diverse community, and a call to move on with this renewed perspective.
In the meantime, Team Aster's founder, the veteran Dota player BurNing, had published exchanges between the organization and Valve, requesting further details on whether Valve intends to step in and exact further punishment for this issue and future issues as well. In a blog post Valve has responded to this issue: "Words carry a lot of meaning. Some people may not agree or understand why certain words are harmful, but it doesn’t make it any less so to those on the receiving end. The language used by multiple players over the last week has caused many of our fans a lot of pain and is not behavior that we condone."
Valve also follows that it's the organizations responsibility to penalize their players for discriminatory behavior: "Going forward, we expect all teams who participate in our tournaments to hold its players accountable, and be prepared to follow up with strong punishments when players represent Dota and its community poorly."
The events have brought a focus on the responsibility professional Dota players have on their communities as role models, as Valve concludes, "We think the communities everywhere around the world want the same things: for our favorite players and teams to do well, and for a great display of Dota. With the group stages over and the playoffs about to begin, we want to wish good luck to all the teams participating. Let’s enjoy some Dota together."
It's finally happening. In a post detailing the Kuala Lumpur Major, Valve writes, "the 7.20 gameplay update will be released the following day on Monday, November 19th." While the release date of the patch comes in a similar time frame as recent, post-TI patches, this is the first after Valve's experiment with bi-monthly mini patches. Valve did release a few minor patches after TI, but they offered little recourse for a community seeking a fresh carousel of heroes to play with. As always, we'll be going in deep with a patch analysis after 7.20 is released.
The Kuala Lumpur Major is entering its final days and the meta is still full of surprises, even in a meta that hasn't changed much since TI. We've seen some shenanigans with PSG.LGD's Chaos Knight Aghanim's and Terrorblade, a core Dazzle by Gambit, and a support Drow Ranger from Virtus.Pro, which may have been a misclick. Evil Geniuses looked strong throughout the group stages, but fell out of the upper bracket after losing 1-2 against NiP. Ppd, in his post-game interview, addressed his former team with some light trashtalking, saying that BulBa, EG's coach, "got worked". Team Secret and PSG.LGD will be facing each other next in the semi-finals. Both teams haven't yet to drop a game this tournament, rumbling through their group stages and round 1 opponents.