Another Dota 2 match-fixing scandal

Once again, we are in the middle of a match-fixing scandal in the Dota 2 competitive scene. But this... Eduardo | 25. February 2023

Once again, we are in the middle of a match-fixing scandal in the Dota 2 competitive scene. But this time, the situation may be even more severe because the allegations relate to a match played in the Dota 2 Lima Major.

And the fact is that a Chinese DPC team, Knights, is again in the crosshairs of accusations regarding match-fixing. In recent weeks, the team has been accused of cheating and match-fixing, and a few hours ago, has been involved in an alleged match-fixing scandal in the Dota 2 Lima Major.

Knights in the spotlight again

As we mentioned, this Chinese team has been accused several times of using hacks and match-fixing during the DPC regular season. However, the team managed to qualify for the Lima Major. But, the team’s performance in this event was terrible, as they did not get any victory, which fueled all the suspicions around the accusations.

Recall that the qualifying matches for this Dota 2 Lima Major were played online, which could have facilitated the use of hacks by this Chinese team. The allegations revolve around this, as a team with some impressive games in the regular season and not winning a match in the Major is suspicious.

BafiK accuses Knights of match-fixing

But that’s not all; Knights is being accused of match-fixing in a tournament at the highest competitive level of Dota 2, such as a Major. In addition, many personalities within the scene have expressed their concern about the “unusual patterns” in the matches of this team.

Ukrainian Dota 2 caster Oleksii “BafiK” Bafadarov accused the Chinese team via his Twitter account and mentioned the large amounts of money being wagered on the match between Knights and EHOME.

According to the caster and some betting experts, the unusual behaviors of the Knights were when the team had a lead at the beginning of the matches. For they claim that when the Chinese were ahead on the scoreboard, large bets against them were evident. In other words, bettors believed that the Knights would lose the match even though they were winning at the time.

Now, all this is speculation and accusations made through social networks. Valve has not commented on the matter, and we doubt that they will do so if there is no clear proof of the cheating done by Knights.

On the other hand, it is also worth noting that the Chinese showed suspicious behavior that could be categorized as cheating in the Major. However, again their name has come up in a match-fixing scandal.

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