We have instructed Mars to invite EHOME to their upcoming minor. EHOME was incorrectly excluded from the qualifiers on the basis of an arrangement they had with another third party for this season. That type of consideration is in conflict with the agreement we have with Mars.— DOTA 2 (@DOTA2) November 23, 2017
MDL Macau finished its qualifiers just last week and organizers MarsMedia announced their direct invites shortly after, namely Virtus.pro and PSG.LGD. Just yesterday though, Valve addressed a glaring issue with the event's qualifier: EHOME was banned from it. The Chinese league DPL served as a qualifier for MDL Macau, but as DPL is an ACE sanctioned event, EHOME & Keen Gaming were excluded from the event following a ban earlier this year when EHOME took in two former Wings players. MDL Macau will now be a 9 team event, the format has yet to be announced.
The first ever season of ranked matchmaking has begun. On November 22nd, Valve introduced a revamped matchmaking system, which forces every player to go through a calibration phase every 6 months. Every profile will now have the player's Seasonal Rank Medal displayed. That medal will never decrease in rank once it has been achieved. There are seven tiers of medals (Herald, Guardian, Crusader, Archon, Legend, Ancient, Divine) and within each tier, there are 5 stars. Similar to CS:GO's matchmaking, party and solo games both contribute to the Medal Rank (until Ancient & Divine, for which only Solo games count). Regardless of rank, solo games will always hold a bigger weight to the evaluation.
The original announcement can be found here. Your Dotabuff profile will also feature your Seasonal Rank Medal once it's been achieved!
The first Chinese Minor of the season is down to its top 4. compLexity Gaming, LGD.Forever Young, Vici Gaming and Newbee have all secured additional QP for this Pro Circuit season, with Newbee and VG guaranteed at least 45 QP per player. Several notable teams have already been eliminated and LGD stands out with their early exit from the group stage. European representative Kinguin took everyone by surprise with a top finish in their group, but the Polish squad could not go past compLexity. The remaining matches will be played out over the course of this weekend.
An overview for the tournament and match results can be found here
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