SumaiL at the Epicenter 2017


SumaiL Suggests a Strike in DPC 2021-22 Tour 2 After Valve Cancels Major

Rakshak Kathuria
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Syed Sumail "SumaiL" Hassan has vented his frustration on Twitter after Valve canceled the first Major of the DPC 2021-22.
SumaiL suggested that players could go on a strike in Tour 2 of the DPC 2021-22. The only two possible outcomes of such a player withdrawal are Valve communicating with them or Valve just ignoring, which will lead to the demise of Dota 2.
According to SumaiL, both of these outcomes are better alternatives to the current situation.

In response to the cancelation of the first Major of the Dota Pro Circuit (DPC) for 2021-22, several Dota 2 pros and talent crew members have voiced their concerns. Team Secret's midlaner, Syed Sumail "SumaiL" Hassan, is not happy with Valve's decision and vented his frustrations on Twitter. According to SumaiL, if teams do not compete in the second Tour of the season there will either be improved communication or vast repercussions, both of which he perceives as better alternatives to the current situation.

Sumail vents his frustration on Twitter after Valve cancels Major

After Major's cancelation was announced, SumaiL's initial reaction was nothing more than the characters filled with emoticons of perhaps helpless laughter.

A few hours later, he expressed his frustration, suggesting the possibility of a strike by top Dota 2 players during the upcoming second DPC Tour in March 2022. "If all the teams decide to just not compete in season 2 at least we will have some sort of stable system," he said.

SumaiL’s statement is in line with other claims by other Dota 2 players such as Quinn "Quinn" Callahan and Maurice "KheZu" Gutmann. They have claimed that there has been no official communication from Valve about this decision.

Both Quinn and KheZu added that they only found out about the cancellation of the Major and its repercussions today, after Valve posted the announcement publicly. Considering they had just managed to secure a spot in the first major hours before Valve's blog, the two Quincy Crew players were not happy about this development.

The community has also expressed concern over the lack of information about the distribution of the Major’s $500K USD prize pool. While Valve's blog post mentions that the DPC points from the first Major would be redistributed to the second and third Majors, no information was provided regarding the distribution of the prize pool.

A few have suggested utilize this prize pool to host interregional tournaments aimed to sustain the Dota 2 scene.

There has been a great deal of outcry over the cancelation of the first Major of the DPC 2021-22 by the fans, the players, and the talent crew, and it remains to be seen whether Valve will respond to it and address the concerns.

Valve's communication has always been a cause of concern for the community. Its refusal to actively hold talks with players, esports teams and its fans has certainly been detrimental and has left the Dota 2 community wanting.

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Rakshak is an undergrad, an inquisitive person who likes to acquire information and knowledge of varied sectors in esports. However, his current focus is specifically on Dota 2.