The excitement for The International 11 is at its peak. The community is ready for the Battle Pass, and, of course, everyone is waiting for new heroes, arcanas, and events. However, Valve reported that this time the BP to TI11 comes out closer to the event. To compensate for that delay, the developers dropped a new 7.32 patch with a long list of notable changes.
With that being said, the patch’s release came at an unfortunate time since the ESL One Malaysia 2022 had been going through its Group Stage. And indeed, the 12 qualifying teams should adapt to everything on the fly and play the rest of the tournament on 7.32, which brought tons of new updates. Of course, it changed the flow of the event, making ESL One Malaysia 2022 one of the most eventful Dota 2 contests, to say without any exaggeration.
Apart from the meta, teams have experienced other curiosities during the Group Stage of the tournament. Below, we are going to show you some of the things that made for quite a spectacle. Details that could change as the competition progresses, although some are already impossible to be different. Without further ado, let’s get started!
On July 28, while the North American ESL One Malaysia Dota 2 qualifier was already underway, Quincy Crew were forced to evacuate their hotel due to a fire alarm during the second game against Nouns. After it kicked off, the NA team had no choice but to pause the game. It is worth noting that due to this unforeseen technical issue and delay, all the bettors’ money for the match was refunded by the https://gg205.bet/en-ca/ platform.
Shortly after the accident, Quincy Crew tweeted that all the players and their manager were safe. Jack “KBBQ” Chen managed to explain the situation, saying the fire alarm had gone off with some crazy crap moments before evacuating the hotel.
Finally, all the players were able to return where they left off, but not before thanking Nouns for being so patient. Despite that dramatic turn, Quincy Crew managed to get back on track and win the game in less than 20 minutes. With that being said, Adrian “Fata” Trinks and his teammates lost 3-2 to TSM in the Grand Final, depriving themselves of the opportunity to join the Group Stage of ESL One Malaysia 2022.
As we have mentioned above, the devs decided to drop patch 7.32 while the Group Stage of the event was already underway. It shaped the game meta upside down and affected the flow of the tournament itself. As it couldn’t be paused, the attending teams had to adapt to all the updates in real-time. Speaking of which, the patch’s release brought a decent number of buffs and nerfs, impacting the place in the meta.
The unfortunate curiosities of ESL One Malaysia have been going on with unforeseen technical issues on the fourth day of the tournament. All the matches scheduled for August 25, including Entity vs. TSM (LB Round 1), Nigma Galaxy vs. Thunder Awaken (LB Round 1), and Fnatic vs. the winner of Entity vs. TSM (LB Quarterfinals), were put on hold until ESL would manage to fix whatever was causing the problem. Shortly after, the organizers tweeted that everything was ready for the show, but without mentioning what the technical issue was.
Despite all these curiosities, the ongoing ESL One Malaysia Dota 2 tournament slowly but surely is coming to an end, with not many teams left battling for a chance to reach the Grand Final.
Aster has seemingly benefited from it the most. The team led by veteran Zhang “LaNm” Zhicheng found their groove, winning three series and drawing two, putting themselves in the first spot in Group A. In the Playoffs, the Chinese powerhouse destroyed Fnatic 2-1 and Team Secret 2-0 in the upper bracket final.
Two dominating victories meant that Aster secured the presence in the upcoming Grand Final of the tournament. On the other hand, Secret will have a second chance to make it through on August 28, when they go up against OG in the lower bracket final. Depending on how the game plays out on Sunday, there’s a chance that the two teams could lock horns again in the Final for the share of $175,000 and bragging rights ahead of The International 2022.