Dota 2 personalities took to social media to react to the official postponement of The International 2020.
As expected, the biggest event of the year had to be delayed, with Valve indefinitely delaying The International 2020. Dude to the ongoing global health situation, the developer was forced to move the tournament that was scheduled for August.
Dota 2 fans and experts had already anticipated this decision. However, they are eager to know the next steps for Dota Pro Circuit and The International 2020 Battle Pass.
Although Valve could not give the exact date for the tournament, it told fans that TI10 will likely happen in 2021. The Battle Pass will still be released this month which gives a longer time for crowdfunding than the previous years. The Dota Pro Circuit will resume this coming fall with a new format.
Dota 2 personalities shared their reactions on Twitter and Facebook. Most of them looked on the bright side and agreed that it’s the right thing to do.
Two-time TI champion OG and Dota 2 caster Alan “Nahaz” Bester stated he is looking forward to the 10th anniversary of The International.
A heartbreaking decision but the right one for sure.
— OG (@OGesports) May 1, 2020
This sucks. But it’s 100% the right thing to do. On the bright side, TI10 can hopefully celebrate the 10th anniversary of the first International (2011) which was also held in EU! https://t.co/aweJw5kCi5
— Nahaz vs COVID19 (@NahazDota) April 30, 2020
The universe is determined to make sure I never attend another TI
— Henrik Ahnberg (@AdmiralBulldog) May 1, 2020
No ti I am streamer now hello
— iceiceice (@iceiceicedota) May 1, 2020
Meanwhile, Yeik “MidOne” Nai Zheng was both hilarious and dramatic.
no Ti this year im die
— MidOne (@midonedota2) May 1, 2020
Team Secret successfully put the emotions of Dota 2 fans in a GIF.
“We have made the difficult choice to delay The International […] it is likely that the event will need to happen in 2021.” pic.twitter.com/k3EPrAwjHd
— Team Secret (@teamsecret) April 30, 2020
Here’s a timely emoticon from Fnatic:
Even though it was expected, we’re still sad to find out that there will be no TI this summer. https://t.co/0PfqPH8ahC
— Team Nigma (@TeamNigma) May 1, 2020
— Roman Kushnarev (@ramzes) April 30, 2020
The current health situation has put esports in a unique position. People were forced to stay at home and spend their time, rather than going out. Gamers took advantage of this time to finally finish that one game they bought a few months ago, grind their way up the leaderboard, watch their favorite streamers, and cheer for their favorite teams.
Although live esports events were cancelled or postponed, online events filled the calendar for esports fans. Dota Pro Circuit events also shifted to online and regional leagues. The new normal introduced issues to players who were situated outside the region where their teams are playing. However, it also provided an avenue for tier-two teams to step into the limelight.
The International 2020 not happening this year broke an annual tradition, but Valve had to make this decision for everyone’s safety.