One of the Dota 2 teams competing in the recent open qualifiers for the Kiev Major played under a revolting name, which was somehow overlooked by officials.
The name carried a racial slur and made light of the Holocaust, comprising of players who yet remain unidentified. They advanced through the first five rounds of the second European open qualifier before being eliminated.
Surprisingly, the issue went completely unnoticed by the public until Tal “Fly” Aizik, team captain of OG, brought it up on Twitter. The reigning Valve Major champion expressed disappointment in the team’s actions and voiced concerns about how such names can be allowed by tournament organizers.
Why can people create these team names. This is not okay pic.twitter.com/CehtQ3gVKh
— Tal Aizik (@Fly_dota2) March 8, 2017
Kim “Drayich” Larsson, former professional player and current caster, stated that he would never cast a team with such a name and agreed with the suggestion that the players should be banned for life from all forms of competitive play.
100% ban. I would never cast a team with a name like that. Where is the pride?
— Kim DraySWE Larsson (@dotadrayich) March 8, 2017
It begs to be questioned as to just how such a team was allowed to compete in the first place. Firstly, the open qualifiers can be played by anyone. Secondly, the team registered itself on FaceIt under the abbreviation of HCN, which raised no alarms for the third-party matchmaker.
The team only assigned itself the full insensitive name inside the Dota 2 client. In a way, the problem comes under Valve’s banner. Hopefully, the developer will be able to track down the players or at the very least, permanently ban their accounts.
The Kiev Major is the second Major tournament of the season for Dota 2. 16 of the best teams will be seeded into a single elimination bracket, where they will fight for a share of the $3,000,000 prize pool.
The Kiev Major will commence from April 27 and conclude at the end of the month. With the Open Qualifiers done, we’ve now entered the phase of Regional Qualifiers.