2020 Rewind: Key moments for Dota 2 scene

2020 is coming to a close after it ravaged the lives of most of us in many aspects. While the coronavirus changed entirely our day by day life in many aspects, it also forced everyone to adapt to a new “normal” and find solutions to a lot of problems brought by the pandemic. 

Esports were not spared and challenges occurred every month of the year for everyone working in the field. For the Dota 2 scene, 2020 was the first year without the cornerstone championship, The International. It was a year when Valve’s lack of communication and involvement hindered the professional scene more than ever, but through all the difficulties and the mess, the community still found moments to cherish and enjoy the game they love. 

Here is a look back at the best and worst moments of the year as they happened starting with January 2020.

The year started absolutely marvelously with the WePlay! Bukovel Minor. A fairytale setup in a sky resort in the Carpathian Mountains set the fans expectations for greater tournaments for the whole year. 

Best of January 2020

WePlay!Bukovel Minor has without a doubt delivered the best production value of a Minor in the history of the DPC season. It was also the first event to witness a tier 5 neutral item drop in the second game of the best-of-five grand finals between Nigma and Royal Never Give Up.

Team Secret started what was to become their most dominant year ever by winning DreamLeague Season 3, the only Major of 2020. 

At the end of the month, the whole Dota 2 community got to relive alongside OG their incredible performance of defending the Aegis of Champions at TI9 as True Sight was released on January 28 with a live premiere in Berlin, Germany at the Babylon Theatre.

SumaiL was announced to have joined OG right after the True Sight premiere. 

credits: OG

Worst of January 2020

OG roster change hit the team’s fans first with JerAx’s retirement announcement, then with Ceb stepping down from active play once again and Ana going into an inactive status for an unknown period. 

Best of February 2020

The competitive scene and especially the tier 2 teams got a new hope from Valve, as the game developer announced a change for the 2020-2021 Dota Pro circuit and introduced Regional Leagues split into three seasons, each season ending with a Major.  

WePlay! Esports managed to eclipse their own Bukovel Minor production value with Dota 2 Tug of War: Mad Moon which set new standards in the industry. 

Worst of February 2020

Mid-February, during the StarLadder ImbaTV Minor China qualifiers erupted a match fixing scandal that later on would get the Newbee expelled from the Chinese DOTA2 Professional Association and all players lifetime banned from ImbaTV and CDA tournaments.

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