A short recap of all the controversies that marred the Dota 2 scene in 2018.
2018 was quite an eventful year for Dota 2. The scene saw a Cinderella story when OG won TI8, despite being considered the weakest team at the time. The Dota 2 scene also saw a lot of drama. Here are the biggest ones that happened:
The controversy that became the biggest meme of 2018. After they qualified for the ESL One Katowice Major, Ohaiyo was unceremoniously removed by Eternal Envy from Fnatic. It was later revealed that everyone except for Ohaiyo knew that he was being replaced by Universe.
S4 and Fly move to EG
In a shocking move that rocked the community, Fly and S4 left OG just a few months before TI8. This was the first time Fly parted ways with N0tail since they started playing together. What happened after that is history.
Allegations of sexual harassment against Loomdun
This was the first time that a sexual harassment came to light in Dota 2. Sammyboy from the NA Dota 2 team Vendetta had accused Loomdun of sexual harassment during a bootcamp. His teammates also came to his side, corroborating his accusations.
Revelations by Anthony ‘Scanztor’ Hodgson
In the middle of this year, former Mineski and Entity Gaming coach, Anthony ‘Scantzor Hodgson made a lengthy post which revealed the problems marring the Dota 2 scene in the SEA.
The Kuku and Skem controversy
This was a pivotal moment for Dota 2. In this much publicized controversy, Kuku and Skem had used a racist slur against Chinese opponents which caused an uproar in the Chinese community. After it was announced that the local ChongQing municipal government had stepped in, the casters and talent decided to boycott the event. After much requests, Valve finally stepped in, and to everyone’s surprise, banned Kuku from the event. This incident did make one thing clear: Dota 2 needs a code of conduct and a strict set of rules.
Test123 (ex-paiN X) disqualifies from SA regional qualifiers
CCnC’s team had 4 NA players, yet they were playing in the SA qualifiers for Chongqing Major. After ppd tweeted about it, Valve stepped in and disqualified them, but not before Test123 had already won the qualifiers.