TNC will not Incur a Point Penalty if they play with a Stand-in in the Chongqing Major

Vignesh Raghuram

3rd, Dec, 2018

After TNC’s statement yesterday which alleged that Kuku might be in physical danger if he attends the Chongqing Major, it looks like Valve have finally started communicating with TNC about Kuku and his issues with competing in the Chinese major.

In a TwitLonger post, the TNC organization has elaborated on how they’re working towards sorting out this issue. They have also suggested that the Chinese organizers IMBATV have been unreachable and that they have reached out to Valve to help them resolve this.


We've been receiving a number of questions since our last statement. We would like to clarify a few things:

1. SLTV, IMBATV's Western partners for the Major, have been kind enough to open lines of communication with us. We have been trying to reach IMBATV through our friends from the Chinese community since it is our goal to have a sincere dialogue with them about the issue and to understand each other's point of view.

To date, we have yet to receive feedback directly from IMBATV. Our doors remain open as we sincerely wish to resolve this matter.

2. We have reached out to Valve and their positions is that our team may still compete at the Major with a stand-in and that no point penalties will be applied. This is the only response we have received from Valve.

We would like to remind the community that we want to resolve this issue as sincerely and peacefully as possible. TNC and Kuku fully understand the gravity of the mistakes committed which is why we have exhausted every avenue to talk with all parties involved, especially the aggrieved.

Our goal is not to divide the communities of our awesome game. 

We appreciate the outpouring of support from the community. We do hope this could all be resolved the best possible way.

Again, we are still mulling our options as we are waiting from responses from parties involved before we make our decision. Thank you.


While Valve’s decision to not deduct points, even if TNC play with a standin, is definitely appropriate. The fact is, if the current climate of the Chinese Dota 2 scene doesn’t change, and extends to TI9 scheduled in Shanghai. Then Valve will have to interfere and take a stronger stand somewhere down the line.

At the time of writing, Valve has not made any statements regarding this situation. However, it seems like Valve is working on resolving this issue quickly, behind the scenes.



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