The South American Dota 2 scene, although significantly developed since it got its own regional qualifier slots for Valve sponsored tournaments, still has a lot of room for growth.
Unfortunately, despite Valve’s steps towards improving the SA region, the progress is slow and roster stability is still far from being the norm there. Attempts of cheating, concerns of match fixing and all the ugly aspects of a professional scene have still made the highlights more often than not. Very recently, Chaos Esports Club chose to exit the SA scene, and although nobody from the organization has openly talked about what made them take that decision, on various occasions it was made clear by many different SA players that competition from other regions coming to South America is not welcomed with open arms. While most of the non SA players and personalities tend to believe that by having high tier caliber players from Europe and North America willing to move to South America and actively play and compete from there would help the scene, the reality is that South American players don’t share the same opinion.
Mariano “Papita” Caneda, captain of Infamous Gaming is now quite in the same situation as Chaos were a few weeks back. He leads a South American team with four European players on it. Infamous are one of the most successful teams in SA, and their roster has never had players outside SA until this year. Papita joined the team back in 2017, in the post TI7 shuffle and since then he’s never been afraid to make a compromise in order to see his team succeeding. He embraced role swaps when it was needed, he was willing to lead from a mid-role position in order to keep the roster full SA, he tried to bring aboard an NA icon to carry the team, but none of these seems to have worked. Now, Infamous features, besides Papita who is Argentinian, two Danish players, one Slovakian and one German. Dominik “Black^” Reitmeier was the latest addition to infamous. The decision was made after the team played with him in Vegas at the WSOE #6: Serenity’s Destiny event and placed top three. Why and how did Infamous reach the point where it has just one SA player in their team house? Papita explains pretty much everything in a lengthy Facebook post.
Laziness and emotional instability
Without wanting to generalize nor to name specific individuals, Papita says that the SA players are not willing to respect a practice routine and refuse to understand that they need to practice on a daily basis in order to keep the pace with the competitive scene and the fast evolving meta. On the emotional level, he says that the “a bad day, a defeat or a situation that might occur in one’s personal life” make the players “surrender”, or is convincing them that “the team is done,” and they choose the easy way out by not fighting through the problems. “They play without any objective,” he adds.
“Many have been offered to join teams from other countries, but they haven’t been able to accept these offers because they don’t speak English.” On the other hand, Papita says, the SA players are satisfied just with the opportunity of qualifying to a Major or a Minor and placing last at these tournaments.
This is probably the worst thing possibly still happening in the South American scene. Despite having many examples in their own scene of players banned for life from Valve tournaments, Papita says there might be a lot of players who prefer to “earn” their living from match fixing.
Boycotting teams with non-SA players
There are teams from South America who do not want to play with us, to scrim/ practice with us because they do not like our players,” Papita says. More than that, those who actually will scrim against Infamous would go afterwards and share with other teams the picks and the strategies used by Infamous in those practice games.
Towards the end of his post, Papita announces that Infamous will go for a one-week boot camp in Europe ahead of Epicenter to try and practice with European teams.
Infamous qualified for the last Major of the season, EPICENTER 2019 and are set to play in Moscow, Russia for a shot at making a historical run that has the potential to secure them a spot at The International 2019 via Dota Pro Circuit points. EPICENTER will unfold June 22-30 with 16 teams fighting for a share of the $1,000,000 prize pool and 15,000 DPC points.