In May 2020, Former TI champions, Chinese organisation Newbee and its players were blacklisted from Chinese Dota 2 competitions for match-fixing in the StarLadder ImbaTV Dota 2 Minor Season 3 Chinese Qualifiers against Team Avengers and also in China Dota2 Pro League S2 and DPL-CDA S1. Two of the 5 banned players were Yin “Aq” Rui and Yan “Waixi” Chao. The names of these two players have shown up in the Dota 2 “Majors and Minors Registration” page where they have been signed to an unknown team.
Newbee Waixi and Aq Were Banned by Chinese Organizations But Not by Valve
The Newbee organization, including its players, were blacklisted by premier Chinese Dota 2 bodies ImbaTV, Mars Media and the Chinese Dota 2 Professional Association (CDA). They had issued statements which prohibited Newbee and its players to participate in any tournaments hosted by ImbaTV, CDA and the Dota 2 Professional League (DPL). The organizations also stated that they have submitted the required evidence to Valve.
Though these professional bodies had issued official statements regarding Newbee’s ban, there was no communication from Valve about this issue. So in this case, one can assume that these players may still play in Valve affiliated tournaments or any other third party non-Chinese tournaments until Valve addresses this issue.
Both players, Aq and Waixi have been added to an unknown team with the ID 8021080. It will be intriguing to know if these players can genuinely play for a team competing in non-Chinese tournaments. We might also see official statements by some professional Dota 2 organizations like the CDA with regards to this matter.
Over the years, many players in Dota 2 have been caught match-fixing. When sufficient evidence was provided to Valve regarding these players, they were banned from participating in any Valve-affiliated event indefinitely. Some of the players banned by Valve include:
- Elite Wolves: iwo, SmAsH, mstco, VanN.
- Mineski: Jacko, Paseo, jvn
- Arrow Gaming: Lance, ddz, xiangzai, MoZuN, MtR
A full list of the players who have been banned by Valve can be found here. It should be noted that none of the players from Newbee who were blacklisted from Chinese Dota 2 tournaments are part of this list. This likely means that they can compete in non-Chinese Dota 2 tournaments as well as Valve tournaments.