If anybody anticipated a clean-cut decision to 1 2023’s early Dota 2 disasters, it seems to be prefer it isn’t taking place as a Chinese language workforce that has been accused of dishonest and match-fixing has out of the blue “disbanded” after getting destroyed on the Lima Main.
Knights is a squad that fashioned from the ashes of China’s gigantic roster shuffle post-The Worldwide 10 final October, with 5 gamers who’re comparatively well-known within the scene. And, whilst they put collectively a powerful exhibiting within the Dota Professional Circuit’s Winter Tour, their whole efficiency was underneath hearth.
Again in mid-January, as issues had been heating up within the DPC’s opening weeks, Knights was accused of utilizing map hacks throughout aggressive matches in opposition to different prime groups within the area like PSG.LGD and Staff Aster. It was known as out by a number of group figures and the event organizer behind the occasion, Excellent World, gathered proof and submitted it to Valve—although nothing got here from it, no less than publicly.
Issues solely received worse for the workforce from there, as even after they managed to snag one among China’s invitations to the Lima Main they had been accused of match-fixing in no less than one among their closing DPC matches.
This partially prolonged to the Chinese language scene as an entire too, with a number of sources stepping ahead to level out odd spikes in betting odds surrounding sure matches.
These 322 claims surrounding Knights would solely escalate additional as soon as the workforce truly arrived on the Main too.
Within the group stage at Lima, Knights received only a single sport out of 16 performed. And a focus was as soon as once more pushed onto them as a number of folks pointed to extra irregular betting numbers when sure matches had been performed—together with one other sequence in opposition to EHOME.
Regardless of no less than two separate situations of match-fixing issues and accusations, no public remark or ruling was shared by Valve. And now it seems extra shady exercise is occurring behind the scenes as all however one member of the Knights squad have seemingly left the workforce’s DPC roster slot or fully rebranded.
In response to the official DPC registration web page, eGo, Flyby, and AlaCrity- have moved to a roster merely known as “Solitude.” This seems to be a recent lineup within the backend, with Dqq and rayy becoming a member of the workforce.
In the meantime, the Knights roster slot within the backend, which is able to seemingly retain the Division I slot within the DPC Spring Tour, has kicked everybody by XCJ. Now known as Antarctic Penguins, Ms from Daybreak Gaming, one other workforce accused of shady conduct, is listed as one of many new gamers together with mmm and Nevermine.
We must look forward to full clarification on which of these lineups will truly be competing in Division I within the upcoming tour, however this seeming rebrand and pivot to a brand new lineup possible means we received’t see any closure on the allegations introduced up in opposition to the now defunct-Knights. That’s, until Valve drops down from the highest ropes within the coming weeks to verify the wrongdoings.