Ever since Ninjas in Pyjamas retained their direct invite slot at WePlay! Pushka league, despite changing the full roster, the community members started to raise questions regarding the decision.
For a better understanding of what some see as an issue, NiP were confirmed to play in the tournament on the 26th of March, when Pushka League was officially announced. On April 22nd, the organization announced a new roster, signing Chicken Fighters. The main problem discussed in different social media threads was that Chicken Fighters had already played and failed in the tournament European qualifiers when they got signed by Ninjas in Pyjamas. However, now they got fielded in the first division of the event without any explanation.
In an official comment from WePlay! Lead Esports Manager, Vitaliy “Nexius” Bozhko it is stated the following:
“Let me just start by saying that when it comes to doing leagues, the importance of organizations can’t be underestimated. It’s much easier to maintain a stable schedule and competitive integrity when you deal with full-fledged teams that care about reputation and build long-term plans, rather than with five man-stacks.
This is why the league started with the announcement of twelve solid teams. We are planning to hold on to them for as long as it is possible and as long as those teams work with us. Unfortunately, after Peter “ppd” Dager announced his retirement from Dota 2, Ninjas in Pyjamas lost their roster and had to sign new players. In the spirit of working with organizations, we accepted the former Chicken Fighters squad as the new NiP roster in WePlay! Pushka League Division 1.”
Another reason of concern was raised by a few Dota 2 personalities on twitter who pointed out that both OG and Virtus.pro are allowed to play with both their teams in the tournament. Although not even Valve forbids the organizations to play with more than a team at Minor and Major tournaments in the Dota Pro Circuit, some thought a third party event has to feel compelled to limit the organizations to one team, like Valve does ONLY for The International.
Vitaliy “Nexius” Bozhko statement regarding VP.Prodigy and OG.Seed:
“It was important for us to balance the big-name teams and up and coming talent. This is where the qualifiers and Division 2 come into the picture. I’d like to point out that everyone had a chance to win Сlosed Qualifiers, and VP.Prodigy and OG Seed earned the right to play in WePlay! Pushka League Division 1 fairly.
I’d like to point out that both Virtus.pro and OG, as organizations, took a risk by recruiting a second squad and signing contracts with players before the qualifiers. The B-squads earned their way into WePlay! Pushka League Division 1, therefore the risk paid off (in the short run at least). We don’t see any reason to expel VP.Prodigy or OG Seed from the league.
Both Virtus.pro and OG are professional organizations with an impeccable reputation, which they want to retain. The desire to prove to your organization who should be considered the A-squad, and the fact that series between them will get a lot of attention, strengthens the belief that the matches will be fair and competitive.”
WePlay! Pushka League reached the sixth day of group stage matches, and so far NiP are on the first position in the European group with three victories, followed by Team Secret, who had only two series scheduled so far and won both of them. OG.Seed are at the bottom of the group with three losses. In the CIS group, VP.Prodigy have just played their first series yesterday, April 27, and grabbed the fastest victory of the tournament so far by taking down Team Spirit in just 16 minutes.