Match-fixing, lifetime bans, leaks, drama… and more esports stories from the week

Did you miss anything from the last week in esports? Are you not caught up to with the tumultuous events from the past few days? VPEsports’ Stories from the Week brings you all the biggest headlines you might have missed.

Newbee expelled from CDA for match-fixing, all players lifetime banned

The biggest Dota 2 news from last week by far was Newbee’s expulsion from the Chinese Dota 2 Association, after investigation uncovered evidence of match-fixing by the team’s main squad. According to tournament organizer IMBA TV, there were “multiple verifications” about the fixing, which led to the lifetime ban of both Newbee as an org and the individual players from CDA and IMBA events.

Valve is yet to pronounce its decision about whether they will extend the ban to Valve-sanctioned events, too. If that happens, Dota 2 will lose a storied organization, which was a TI champion in 2014 and TI runner-up in 2017, as well as players with a decade-long career like Zeng “Faith
Hongda, a TI2 champion.

Team Secret win back-to-back events

Team Secret look to be the most dominant western team in Dota 2 right now, as the squad behind Clement “Puppey” Ivanov brought home two online tournaments this week. On Tuesday, Secret won the WePlay! Pushka League with a dominant 3-0 over Prodigy, and a few days later, also came first in the Gamers Without Borders 2020 charity tournament.

At one point, Team Secret were on a 17-game win streak and between the two tournaments, they only dropped four games total for a record of 27-4. Team Secret now look for the trophy hat-trick as they compete in the OGA Dota Pit Europe/CSI — a $150,000 tournament with some of the best teams in the west.

Abed first to reach 11K MMR

Being in the 10K MMR club is cool but it’s not as cool as the very exclusive, single-member 11K MMR club. Filipino player Abed Azel “Abed” Yusop completed another world first achievement as crossed the 11K threshold last Wednesday, setting a new Dota 2 world record.

This is the fourth major solo MMR achievement for the Evil Geniuses mid-laner, who was also the first Filipino to reach 9K MMR in 2017, the first to 10K the same year, and once again the first to re-climb to 10K under Valve’s revised Medal system in 2019.

Astralis win Road to Rio Europe

For all the inconsistency in results associated with online CS:GO, Astralis proved once again they can still win tournaments. The Danes won 1,600 circuit points towards the Rio Major qualifiers, beating G2 Esports 3-0 in the Road to Rio ESL tournament.

Astralis achieved a flawless 7-0 run through the playoffs and only dropped a single series in the groups (1-2 to Fnatic) and are now leading the rankings well ahead of G2 Esports and Vitality at 2nd and 3rd place, respectively.

TSM president leaks that “no one wants to pick up Dardoch” by accident

TSM racked up a stacked shelf of bad PR last week, after the conflict of interest case — which started with the acquisition of Yiliang “Doublelift” Peng, who is currently dating TSM president Leena Xu — went one step further.

During a streaming session, Doublelift’s microphone picked up a phone call made by Leena Xu, where she says that “no one wants to pick up Dardoch”. The TSM jungler is clearly to be transferred ahead of the Summer Split, but Xu’s accidental leak about the player’s situation have now damaged Dardoch’s future prospects.

In the aftermath, Xu and TSM owner Andy “Reginald” Dinh both made statements to the public, but neither did much to repair the bad optics of the team.

The six Runeterra decks that won the $100,00 Twitch Rivals

On Thursday evening, Twitch hosted the biggest Legends of Runeterra invitational to date, with a prize pool of $100,000 and some of the best card game streamers in the business.

David “Dog” Caero emerged champion of the top 8 bracket, running a trio of Karma/Lux Control, Swain Control, and Corina Control, beating Sean “Swim” Huguenard in the finals. In the bottom 8 bracket, streamer Miguel “Mogwai” Guerrero relied on his Freljord Fiora OTK, Ezreal/Karma Control, and Sea Monsters decks to claim a nice paycheck.

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