We're a couple of days away from the moment which will put an end to late Summer reshuffles in Dota 2 teams, which comes straight after The International. After 5 September any changes in the teams aspiring to get to Valve's Majors will be available no more. Well, they will surely be able to reshuffle, but Valve will immediately punish such actions by withdrawing invite to the main part of the tournament or regional qualifiers. The team, which violates Valve's reshuffle restriction, will only be able to participate in the open qualifiers. Getting through the open qualifiers will be tough even for a top team, since all the matches are held in bo1 format. It is pretty similar to Russian roulette. Summing up, we can be pretty sure, that none of the teams will test their luck by reshuffling during the season. Note that these rules are first introduced in Dota 2.
We wonder, what disappointed Sylar that much?
The alike rules were applied before within the framework of TI. The team, which received invite to the main Dota 2 event of the year had no right to change its squad, if it wanted to keep the slot in the main part of the tournament. The Chinese top team LGD.cn
once did it in 2013. Due to the conflict between Sylar
, the latter was forced to leave the team and was subsequently replaced by DD
. This event was widely discussed by the community and the fans. Valve reacted immediately and withdrew the invite from the star five. As a result, LGD.cn
was replaced by TongFu
and had to get through the qualifiers. Eventually LGD.cn
they made it to the main event, but still Sylar put the team under the risk of not fighting over the largest prize pool of the year.
One year later a similar case happened. Fnatic
underwent an internal drama with their player Era
, who currently plays in Ninjas in Pyjamas
. Due to the illness Era
had to miss a number of official matches. Excalibur
replaced him while his seek leave. Era
claimed that he recovered and was ready to join the team, before The International 2014. However, his teammates decided that playing with Excalibur
will be more reliable, since they haven't played with Era
for a long time.
Excalibur didn't manage to get to The International
The fans of Dota 2 will also benefit from the introduced rules. Many of them support not only the teams, but also the players. Many top players are media personalities with powerful fan bases. When some players leave their teams, their fans are worried, that these players won't manage to find a new team or get to the top tier roster. As of now, after 5 September everyone will be pretty sure that their favorite players will stay in the team, at least until the Major ends.
1 day remains for the teams to announce their final rosters
However, there's another side of the coin. A player might fail to withstand the pressure put on him, or the circumstances will force him to put away his mouse for a while. What should a team do in such situation? It's easy: use replacement players instead. In accordance to the regulations, each team has a right to announce 2 replacement in the squad. These players shouldn't be the members of other teams, which is logical. One star replacement player is already known. If any of the Evil Geniuses gets sick, he will be replaced by Zai for a while. One can't help envying EG: its squad consists of 6 top players.
Ludwig is used to the uniform of Evil Geniuses
Anyway, there aren't that many top players, which will eagerly act as stand-ins. At least the quantity of top teams is greater than the quantity of free top players. That's why some teams will be forced to take perspective newcomers as replacement players. For the youngsters it is a great chance to breakthrough to the pro scene.
That's how we see the impact of new Valve rules. What do you think? Share your opinion in comments!