Dota 2 casters and streamers have united. The Boycott of Chongqing Major over TNC.Kuku is gonna happen.
After the recent ban of Carlo “Kuku” Palad from Chongqing Major, the Dota 2 community was a mess. It has been, so far, the biggest fiasco that we’ve encountered. And even international Dota 2 casters expressed their disappointment about it. Prominent Dota 2 casters even announced that they will be boycotting the said Dota 2 Major.
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A few weeks ago, Valve has announced that Kuku will be banned for the Major. This is regards after the racist language he used against a Chinese player during a pub match. The incident added fuel to the recent incident with another Filipino player, Andre “skem” Ong. He also made a racist statement during a live match DreamHack DreamLeague Season 10.
The ban garnered a lot of negative comments from fans and players. As a matter of fact, they believe that it was an unfair decision Yeah, TNC had some missteps in handling the situation themselves. But that’s not what surprised me. It was the announcement of Dota 2 talents’ decision to boycott the Chongqing Major.
Dota 2 Casters on Boycott
Grant “GranDGranT” Harris, a North American player-turned-caster, was the one who initiated the movement. He’s been a long time Dota 2 personality and is brave to pull this stunt. And his fellow Dota 2 casters follow suit.
If kuku isn’t allowed to play at the major I refuse to cast officially for the major , we all make mistakes and 1 mistake should not forbid you from playing at a tournament that potentially decides your whole career
— Grant Harris (@GranDGranT) December 2, 2018
Henrik “AdmiralBulldog” Ahnberg also announced that he will support the boycott. He will not attend the Major, TI9, or any other event in China unless the ban is lifted. The TI3 champ and Alliance co-owner is in the same page with GranDGranT. Also, esports host Paul “RedEye” Chaloner won’t be accepting invitations for the event.
same 🙂 i'm not going to any valve event thats in china unless the ban is lifted or dpc is removed. Including TI9. https://t.co/cI8BKuWryL
— Henrik Ahnberg (@AdmiralBulldog) December 2, 2018
1. I was not invited to the Major, I announced that weeks ago.
2. In the event of Sheever not being able to attend (as she has confirmed), I will not be replacing her if asked.
3. I support those who will not attend as a stand of principle.
— Redeye (@PaulChaloner) December 2, 2018
It seems that the Chongqing Major will face a shortage of casters. And I really hope that this kind of situation won’t happen again in the future. Valve and the organizers haven’t released their comments about the boycott. But this is a big turn around for the Dota 2 community.
The Boycott of Chongqing Major is not just a small stunt. This would really affect future tournaments. I hope things go well though. So let us know your thought and leave a comment down below. Or hit us up on our Facebook or Twitter @UDoUPh.