Ninjas in Pyjamas captain Peter "ppd" Dager confirmed on Twitter that his team will not receive a Dota Pro Circuit (DPC) point penalty at the Kuala Lumpur Major.
NIP is about to play at the season’s first Major without their offlaner Neta "33" Shapira due to visa issues. Instead, the European team will field in Team Liquid’s Borislavov "MinD_ContRoL" Ivanov in place of the Israeli star.
As per Valve’s rules, NIP were subject to the 40% penalty on acquired points for playing with a stand-in. However 33’s case is different since it was the irregularities with Malaysia and Israel’s political and diplomatic relationship was the cause of the issue and not personal ones.
33 lamented on a tweet that there should be “no such restrictions on which countries are allowed to participate in official DPC events”.
ppd to the rescue
ppd raised the issue by going public after failing to get a response from PGL and Valve whom they contacted “weeks ago”. The vocal captain issued the statement through Twitter, which was considered a ‘bold move’ by community members.
“We formed our team with Neta post-Ti not knowing where Valve be placing the Dota 2 Majors this year. Upon news of the first Major being in Malaysia, we were very concerned about Neta’s ability to obtain visa… I feel as it is unfair for us to incur DPC points penalty. We emailed Valve weeks ago but no one has responded to us. Hopefully, by stating something publicly someone will see it and give us an answer.”
It seems that ppd’s perseverance paid off. Days after his statement, the TI5 champion followed up through a tweet that they will no longer be sanctioned with the penalty.
It may be all is well that ends well for NIP, but the incident leaves a question mark for the general ruling. First, there are teams - who also had similar visa issues, already slapped with the penalty at the DreamLeague Minor namely Vega Squadron and RNG. Second, the perennial issues with Valve lacking proper communication with organizers and teams emerge once again.
Nevertheless, the case was closed and the community can only wait for Valve’s developments and clarifications regarding their rulebook.