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First Dota 2 Major of 2022 Gets Cancelled by Valve

Everyone was looking forward to the first Dota 2 Major of 2022, waiting to see the Dota 2 top teams that would participate and offer outstanding performances. It was one of the upcoming tournaments Dota 2 that people hoped would bring them some well-deserved happiness given the current pandemic. Unfortunately, that same pandemic took away their happiness as the Dota 2 Major was canceled.

What Happened?

Valve decided to cancel the first Dota 2 Major of 2022.
“As the Winter Tour of the Dota Pro Circuit 2021-2022 season draws to a close, we’ve made the difficult decision to cancel the first Major,” says a developer from Valve in a blog post. “While hopes were high that we could host an international LAN event, the discovery and spread of new strains of Covid-19 and the resulting increase of travel restrictions have made it unfeasible for all qualified teams to gather for a LAN tournament.”
So, as a result of this decision, the end of the winter tour will come when all of the regional league tournaments are over. Also, according to Valve, the ranking points that would have been distributed at the now-canceled event will be transferred to the following Majors that will take place later in 2022.

The Community’s Reaction

The Dota 2 eSports community did not like the announcement. In fact, most people were very angry at the e-sport Dota 2 event being canceled. However, they are not mad at Valve for making a responsible decision given the dangerous situation with the coronavirus pandemic.
People are angry at the fact that the popular Dota 2 teams that had to participate in the event will not deal with some serious problems. They are not only going to have their points pushed down the road, but will also experience financial issues. It is also currently unknown what is going to happen regarding the knock-on effects.

If the event had taken place, then it would not have an audience. For about two years, all Dota 2 LAN events were private. Even the International 10 had to cancel its plans to allow an audience in Bucharest.

Many pro Dota 2 took to social media to voice their opinion about the decision. Na’Vi decided to post a meme regarding the situation, whereas Khezu spoke about how Valve does not consider pro players, teams, and organizations valuable to their product.
“Valve openly thinks that pro players/pro-teams/orgs don’t add any value to their product,” Khezu said. “That the reason people watch pro Dota is only because of their game & nothing else. Their actions reflect this way of thinking entirely. They don’t give a f**k about their alleged ‘partners’.”

A Familiar Situation

This is not the first time that Valve took such a decision. Last year, ticket sales for The International were canceled only a few days before the event. People understand the importance of safety and why such drastic decisions had to be taken, but they complain that the decision was made too late. As such, everyone thinks Valve has no respect for the pro players, teams, and organizations.
The first Major of the year was canceled, but the year has just begun and there are more events to look forward to. Hopefully, there will be no more cancellations made at the last minute.

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