PPD Announces That He Will Not Attend TI10
Peter "PPD" Dager, Dota 2 caster for The International 10 (TI10), has announced on Twitter that he will not be traveling to the event. The decision comes as Bucharest, Romania, the host city of TI10, is experiencing a dramatic spike in virus cases. PPD acknowledged that it was a hard decision to opt out of, but hoped all would respect it. PPD is currently the only member of the 32-member English broadcast staff who has decided not to be part of TI10. Additionally, on 1st Oct 2021, it was announced that the entire Chinese talent crew of TI10 would not travel to Bucharest and would instead work remotely from China.
PPD decides not to attend TI10
“Hey everyone I won't be attending TI. It was a hard decision that I hope everyone will respect,” PPD said, wishing good luck to all the teams competing. Furthermore, he humorously added, “DON'T LET OG WIN AGAIN!!!”
A week ago, PPD was invited to TI10 as part of a large list of 32 talent members. In addition to Kurtis "Aui_2000" Ling, he was one of the only two members on the list to have competed in top-tier competitive Dota 2 recently. PPD also served as Alliance's Dota 2 coach for a short time in May and June 2021.
All other members of the English talent crew are expected in Bucharest for TI10 soon. Recently, Gabriel "Lyrical" Cruz posted a picture on Twitter wearing his safety gear at an airport.
Meanwhile, the Chinese talent crew for TI10 expressed their concerns to Valve's partner for Dota 2 in China, Perfect World, regarding the surge in cases in Romania. The Chinese broadcast members were then given the green light to cover TI10 from China after consultations between Perfect World and Valve.
In addition to having a large proliferation of cases in Romania, this week has also seen more than ten Chinese members from Team Aster and Invictus Gaming, who are staying in Bucharest, test positive for the virus.
TI10 will take place from 7th-17th Oct 2021. The group stage is slated to run from 7th to 10th Oct and will likely be played at the hotel of the teams. At the Arena Nationala stadium in Bucharest, the Main Event will begin on 12th Oct and conclude on 17th Oct with the grand finals. The winner of the event will take home a staggering amount of $18,208,300 USD.