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N0tail, PPD, and Quinn And More React to BetBoom's Pure Disqualification at Bali Major 2023

Dhruv Saikia
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BetBoom’s offlaner, Ivan “Pure” Moskalenko, found himself in the center of controversy as he was recently caught opening a livestream during his game against Tundra Esports.
The official decision was to reverse BetBoom’s win, dropping them to the lower bracket, and disqualifying Pure from the rest of the tournament.
After this incident, notable figures including Quinn "Quinn" Callahan, Johan "N0tail" Sundstei, and Peter "ppd" Dager and more reacted to the incident.

Following the disqualification of BetBoom Team's offlaner, Ivan "Pure" Moskalenko, from the Bali Major 2023, there have been many comments made by the fans and prominent figures of the Dota 2 community. While BetBoom themselves stated that they believe the punishment was too harsh, it seems as though most of the Dota 2 community is in disagreement. 

Gaimin Gladiators midlaner, Quinn "Quinn" Callahan, along with retired professional Dota 2 players, Johan "N0tail" Sundstei, and Peter "ppd" Dager reacted to the incident, where they believe that the punishment was justified. 

Quinn, N0tail, and PPD and more react to Bali Major Drama

In a recent tweet by Quinn, the two-time Major winner was straightforward with his perspective about how opening a stream in the middle of a game should always result in a def loss. 

Two-time winner of The International (TI) and now retired professional player N0tail also commented on the incident, showing sympathy for BetBoom’s midlaner, Danil "gpk" Skutin, who had previously missed out on qualifying for The International 11 due to mistakes in calculating the DPC points. 

TI5 winner and a well-known figure in the Dota 2 community, PPD, also stated that he hoped that Pure finds the right mentors for his career after this incident.

Daniel "Stormstormer" Schoetzau, the midlaner for Entity Esports, also provided his perspective on the matter, stating that he does not believe Pure opened the livestream in order to cheat. 

“I’ve just played with Pure in a team, he 100% did not do this to cheat in my opinion. He just does random sh*t like this, alt-tabbing, he does it in every single pub, you know. It’s like muscle memory for him, he just loves randomly pressing alt-tab and checking, he did not do it for any cheating or anything. But of course, you know, not everyone knows him. Tough spot,” he said. 

Popular Dota 2 streamer, Janne "Gorgc" Stefanovski also reacted to the incident on his recent livestream, stating that Pure may have gotten bored, but his actions are definitely against the rules. 

“Here it comes, what happened? He tabbed, it’s on the stream, it’s paused, oh the minimap it open. Oh that was like one second though, it was like one second (referring to Pure watching the livestream). I think he has a zoomer brain and he got pretty bored I guess. I dont know how long this pause was, but yeah, that is definitely against the rules,” he said.

Ilya "Illidan" Pivcaev, a Russian Dota 2 player who is currently a streamer for Team Spirit, also commented on the situation, supporting Pure and comparing his actions to the Watcher bug that Azure Ray was accused of using. 

As BetBoom Team exits the Bali Major 2023 following their defeat against Azure Ray, Pure’s incident outlined the severity of punishments that teams can face if the rules are broken. There is also a chance for the team to be knocked out of qualifying for TI12 if Quest Esports move forward and achieve a high placement at the tournament.

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Since 2012, Dhruv has developed a deep passion for Dota 2, which has only grown stronger over time. With three years of experience as a competitive player and a background in writing, he brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to create content around the game and its esports scene.

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