Team Liquid has struck first in the new competitive Dota 2 season, winning the first ever Dota 2 Minor, StarLadder i-League Invitational Season 3. Even two months after claiming their world championship title, Liquid remains a fearsome opponent, dropping only one game in their entire tournament run. South-East Asia representative Mineski was the team to take a game off of the TI7 champion in the finals, but was ultimately not strong enough to force a 5th game. In addition to $135,000, Liquid also take home 150 Qualifying Points per player, putting their team at 450 points, as only the top three players per team contribute to the team total. As the runner up, Mineski take home 90 QP per player (270 total score). compLexity Gaming and Team Secret take home 30QP (90 total) each.
An overview of the pro circuit standings can be found here.
The Dueling Fates update will arrive on November 1st— DOTA 2 (@DOTA2) October 19, 2017
The first major balance update of the season has been officially scheduled. Valve announced via a tweet that the Dueling Fates update is set to arrive on November 1st, just days after the ESL One Hamburg Major and days prior to the DotaPit Minor. Whether or not the Dueling Fates update will be on the main client during the Minor is unknown.
The first major of the season is off to a rough start as South-East Asia representative HappyFeet was unable to secure visas for their players on time. In a statement on the team's official Facebook page, HappyFeet cite "time constraints and several issues" as the reason for their inability to acquire the visas. Fnatic, despite not making it to the finals of the SEA qualifier for the event, will replace them in Hamburg. In a statement on reddit, ESL commented that Fnatic was "the one that was able to make it to Hamburg with the most complete lineup from the qualifier", suggesting that Fnatic may not be able to play with their full line-up either. Support player DJ, who like HappyFeet is Filipino, is a likely candidate for potential visa issues.
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