Manchester Turndown

Community – A group of people having a particular characteristic in common.

At least that is how we considered the UK Dota 2 scene. A scene that only exists due to the people involved caring so much. Business wise, folk have since moved on, they have came and gone and left us out in the cold. Nevertheless we have stood strong and fought to show our strength in numbers, often matching and even surpassing more “desirable” alternatives. This is why we must not divide among ourselves.

Recent rumours and stories surrounding the controversy of the Manchester Showdown can’t be explained away. Why were players disqualified from the tournament? If the players or teams had suggested an overwhelming amount of research had gone into opposition, then concerns could certainly be aired for allowing teams to enter after a deadline. But that is simply not the case, and given the extension for entrance by organisers themselves it only makes this whole situation even more bizarre. Specifically now with the retraction and new information of the players involved in the boycott.

In the forum of full disclosure, yes some of the affected players are Perilous representatives, but in this competition merely a group of friends competing under their own name. A group nonetheless that are regulars at events and continue to support the scene. A group that outside of the game have sacrificed plans, holidays and time to commit to the finals as not wanting to even chance qualifying before being sure they could attend, and hopefully not causing an anti-climatic end to a new event. Let them compete!

In a time where we only have the passion and loyalty of Epic.LAN standing strong for us, we must show similar support to new events both online and offline. Lets be optimistic; this year we have had Blink stepping in as sponsors of our most prestigious events on the calendar, and now the BGL are upping their game with offline finals and sponsor support from EPulze and Gladeus. As well as ROG Masters having a dedicated UK qualifier rather than lumping us in with the rest of Europe for an open tournament brawl.

All said and done, the community no matter how big or small tends to get along in a majority. Whether it be beers at LAN regardless of a result or the satire news style write-ups that bring events to a close. But we need to stop trying to one up each other off the server. Get online, team up, come to LAN and play the game, this is the best and only outcome for us all.

UPDATE: 01.08.17

It has became apparent that after trying to not reference the detail in order to spare blushes, that the real events surrounding the weekend qualifier and  exclusion of players has yet to be fully aired and the issues are left unresolved.

Essentially the facts are as follows. The deadline for entry to the qualifier was extended in which a team of 5 took the chance to play and signed up. News spread of the signup and a small portion of players who didn’t like the idea took it upon themselves to notify tournament organisers of a “widespread” boycott. Based on this discussion, tournament organiser Rafee retracted the signup extension, in turn disqualifying and refunding the late entry in order to salvage the tournament and not jeopardise the overall amount of attendees. 

After further discussion and investigation it turned out that the boycott wasn’t anywhere near as widespread as the select few players made out, and in fact it turned out that the whole “boycott” was orchestrated by those same select few who had took it upon themselves to raise their issue with the tournament. In fact no boycott was in place and it was all purely to pressure a decision in favour of that small group.

Now this information has come to light and in the spirit of sportsmanship, we feel there is no reason for the decision to stand. The team signed up based on rules in place at the time and they have done nothing wrong. The people in the wrong are those who pressured and levied the rest of the community against the tournament to get their own selfish way, for their own selfish reasons. We don’t understand why the decision still stands at this point.

Our initial post was merely to rally the community to make the correct decision based on the facts while trying to demonstrate that we are better being inclusive, specifically in our time of growth. We tried without naming and shaming and still have. In hindsight, it was our assumption of the close-knit UK Dota community that the facts were clear and available to all. Given comments, and confusion thereafter (as well as no change in decision) this post is here to clear things up. We think the actions of those involved by ordering the exclusion of other players are totally against the spirit of what everything our scene strives for. We also believe that based on the whole information the decision should now be reversed for the upcoming qualifier.


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