Official Dota 2 Website Suggests Fnatic Receives Final TI11 Invite Instead of Outsiders
When it appeared that the final 12 direct invites for The International 11 (TI11) based on Dota Pro Circuit (DPC) points had been determined at the Arlington Major, Valve cast doubt on which team, Fnatic or Outsiders, is the final team to have received the direct invite. According to Valve's official standings, Fnatic is one point ahead of Outsiders, making them the 12th team to get the TI11 direct invite. This is in contrast to what many in the Dota 2 community were expecting. According to Liquipedia, Outsiders was the last team to head to TI11 based on DPC points, with Fnatic missing out by 0.05 points.
Will Fnatic receive a TI11 direct invite instead of Outsiders?
The final results of the DPC 2021-22 were updated on Valve's official Dota 2 esports website after the PGL Arlington Major concluded on 14th August. And, as it turned out, there was a mismatch when compared to Liquipedia's DPC points chart.
Outsiders is the 12th team on Liquipedia, with 1020.05 points, whereas Fnatic has 1020, barely 0.05 short. While the Major finished on 14th August, this information had been finalized on 11th August when Fnatic fell to beastcoast in the lower bracket of the event, ruining its chances of receiving a TI11 direct invite and paving the path for Evil Geniuses and Outsiders to secure the remaining two seats.
On the other hand, according to Valve, Fnatic finished the season with 1020 points, while Outsiders had 1019. According to a Twitter user (@iMicromantic), Valve appears to have rounded down Outsiders' total points after each time it earned a point punishment because of changing players, resulting in its points being lower on Valve's website when compared to Liquipedia's.
Furthermore, unlike Liquipedia, Valve has docked points for teams like OG, Soniqs, and Team Aster for fielding stand-ins during different DPC tournaments this year even though this has not resulted in a change in the top 12. For example, Valve has removed points from OG's total for playing with Sébastien "Ceb" Debs at the PGL Arlington Major, but according to Liquipedia, the team was not penalized since visa concerns were beyond the organization's control.
Clearly, there is a discrepancy and Valve is yet to address the matter. For teams like OG and Aster, the final score may not matter because they will be earning a straight invite in any situation, but this is a vital scenario for Fnatic and Outsiders, who both want to go to TI11 via direct invites.