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Dota 2’s last couple of months have been ones of struggle, as Valve’s flagship MOBA has continuously been losing players. Last October, the game saw its lowest average player count since January 2014. But looking back at January 2020, things are even worse. Only an average of 378.9K players played Dota 2 last month, numbers comparable to the stats from 2013.
The reason is likely a mix of events, from the massive ban campaign to the game-changing post-TI match that raised the learning curve even higher. Valve are now pressed to find solutions, or risk Dota 2 fading into obscurity in a few years’ time.
With no warning sign, J.Storm have released their entire Dota 2 roster ahead of the LA Major regional qualifiers. When ESL revealed the list of teams for the NA qualifier, the former J.Storm roster was listed as “Business Associates”.
The abrupt parting of ways, coupled with the complete media silence, likely indicates that J.Storm will not re-enter Dota 2 with another stack, and perhaps only continue by supporting their Fortnite duo.
The transfer of Bakyt “Zayac” Emilzhanov from Na`Vi to Virtus.pro might’ve seemed a regular one at first, but according to a lengthy video by Na`Vi CEO Yevhen Zolotarov, the 4-position support was most likely poached by the “bears”.
Zolotarov explains how Zayac informed Na`Vi about his decision to move to Virtus.pro, pointing out irregularities in his contract that would allow his transfer — a similar language to what VP’s CEO Sergey Glamazda used in his message to Zolotarov. While Zolotarov admits to Na`Vi’s fault at drafting Zayac’s contract, he still considers his transfer to VP poaching, a universally frowned-upon move in sports.
Dota 2 might be struggling, but Valve’s other bannerman, CS:GO is doing more than well. The FPS holds its position as the most played game on steam and hit a peak record of 901K players during January 2020 — almost 50% more than Dota’s 663K.
CS:GO’s esports scene is likely to drive even more players to the game, with top tier events like ESL Pro League, FLASHPOINT, and BLAST Pro Series all on the calendar.
Speaking of top tier leagues, the project previously known as B Site was officially announced as FLASHPOINT last week. With veterans such as Duncan “Thorin” Shields at the creative helm and top tier casters like Auguste “Semmler” Massonnat and Christopher “MonteCristo” Mykles also on the desk, the project is already drawing a huge attention, as its rivalry with ESL’s Pro League heats up.
“Did you not get a RTS game?” one Blizzard employee asked a Warcraft 3: Reforged customer when the latter asked for a refund.
The remake of the classic RTS has been nothing less than a disaster for the company and amid the buggy client, missing features, and broken promises, there was also plenty of customer support horror stories. Another Blizzard fan tried to explain that as Reforged also updated the classic Warcraft 3 clients, his PC was no longer strong enough the game he purchased more than a decade ago.
“You can simply leave it as-is until you get a PC that can install the new game,” Blizzard answered, throwing another bizarre “solution” in the face of the confused fan.
A good news for Team Liquid fans, the team’s new jungler Mads “Broxah” Pedersen is looking to finally join the “horses” in the LCS this week. The Dane had his visa approval delayed enough to hold him in Europe for the first three weeks of the North American league, but with it being now approved, team’s management hope that he’ll be online for week 4, starting this Saturday.