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Zeus Gaming expelled from SEA Minor Qualifier

posted by Olucaron,
In another qualifier scandal, Valve have removed all-Chinese side Zeus from The Bucharest Minor Southeast Asia Open Qualifier.
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It’s not been a good week for the Dota 2 scene with regards to qualifiers, with more controversy arising. Another team has been kicked from a qualifier for region-based reasons, after Quinn 'CCnC' Callahan's test 123 side were removed from South America qualifiers for The Chongqing Major.

Despite having taken part in SEA events previously, Zeus were deemed to have played the Open Qualifier from outside the region — the expulsion coming AFTER they had qualified for the Closed Qualifier.

This came after statistician Ben "Noxville" Steenhuisen had spoken out on social media, as well as several posts on Reddit about the matter:






Initially, it was thought that the side had clearance to play in SEA Qualifiers, given their past experience and the belief that the team were residing in the region. However, this now seems not to have been the case, and Valve moved to act.

Zeus having played from China appears to have been confirmed by Singapore-based caster Sean “Hades” Goh” in reply to Noxville’s post:





However, he was also confused by the matter:





Organisers PGL have so far been silent regarding the expulsion. Judging by community sentiment, this appears to be another unnecessary scandal brought on by the lack of a detailed ruleset and transparency from Valve.


What do you make of the latest drama?


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