The Dota 2 ESL One Malaysia tournament was recently put on hold as a result of “unforeseen technical issues.” The event is currently on its fourth day. However, the playoffs were put on hold until the organizers fixed the issue.
After revealing the delay, ESL further announced that they would attend to the problem as soon as possible to enable the game to continue. They took to Twitter a while later to reveal that the first series between Entity and TSM was underway, and the issue was fixed. They, however, refrained from saying precisely what went wrong.
Prior to the delay, two series were slated to take place in the lower bracket between Entity and TSM, as well as Nigma Galaxy and Thunder Awaken. A third series will be in the lower bracket finals between either TSM or Entity and Fnatic.
The technical issues mentioned earlier were not the only instances when events in the 2022 ESL One Malaysia were paused. During the North American ESL One Malaysia Dota 2 qualification match between Nouns and Quincy Crew, the game had to be halted because one of the teams had to leave their gaming premises.
On July 28, the Quincy Crew were made to leave their hotel in the middle of the second game due to a fire alarm. The team won the first game and proceeded to the next shortly past midnight. However, the fire alarm went off two minutes into the game.
Two players from the team were able to explain what was happening shortly before they evacuated the building, and the team’s Twitter page confirmed their safety a while later. Quincy Crew later continued the game and won the match less than 20 minutes after they got back in.
Another notable incident was when Valve released Patch 7.32 during the event’s group stage. As a result, several game characters underwent changes that altered the entire course of the tournament.
While the change to the character’s abilities was unfamiliar to several teams, Team Secret seemed to get the hang of it quickly, thus gaining the most from Valve’s decision. Under the leadership of Clement “Puppey” Ivanov, Team Secret was able to win two series and get a tie in the third. Their efforts had Secret placed second in Group A.
The Dota 2 ESL One Malaysia tournament will come to a close on August 28, and the champion of the event will receive $175,000 USD. The team will also have bragging rights for the anticipated The International 2022, set to run from October 15 to October 30.
The International is the biggest competitive event in Dota 2 and boasts the largest prize pool, viewership, and stakes in esports as a whole. The event will be held at Singapore Indoor Stadium and SunTec Singapore this year and will see 20 teams from six regions competing for the grand prize.
Of the selected teams, 12 will qualify via their accumulated Dota Pro Circuit points through participation in regional leagues and Majors, while the remaining eight teams will have to scale past the many end-of-season qualifiers.