Fnatic take Outsiders’ direct invite to The International 11

Dota 2 community has been recently split into two parts because of one TI11 invite. Because Fnatic and Outsiders... Daria Belous | 16. August 2022

Dota 2 community has been recently split into two parts because of one TI11 invite. Because Fnatic and Outsiders scored the same amount of DPC points throughout the season, with only a 0.5 point difference, Valve published a statement to determine the last participant of The International 2022. 

Valve has updated the DPC rankings on the official Dota 2 website after the conclusion of the PGL Arlington Major. According to Valve’s calculations, Team Fnatic was ahead of Outsiders by 1 point and took 12th place, which guarantees a direct invitation to The International 2022.

However, before the official calculations were published, it was reported that Outsiders will be the ones to enter The International 11. However, these reports were based on third-party sources without rounding the numbers. According to Liquipedia data at the time, Outsiders scored 1,020.05 points, while Fnatic scored 1,020 points, as reflected in the table below.

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DPC points to TI11. Source: Liquipedia

It turns out that Valve uses a different scoring system with rounding down to a whole number after each penalty. In line with Valve’s official data, Fnatic scored 1,020 DPC points, while the former Virtus.pro squad earned 1,019 DPC points. As a result, Outsiders will be forced to play a regional qualifier for The International 2022 in Eastern Europe.

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The difference in the scoring system

It should be noted that other calculations in Valve’s standings also include errors. For example, in the current esports season, the ladder shows that OG scored 1694 points instead of the real 1930 (the team allegedly earned 354 points for fourth place in the major instead of the real 590). There’s also an issue with Team Aster – 1690 points instead of 1610. Similar things happened in the 2018-2019 season, when Mineski, J.Storm, and PaiN Gaming were missing points.

In situations like these, the developer has the final word and makes a further decision depending on the chosen system of calculation. Still, the system that doesn’t round the points seems fairer to many. At the very least, Valve could update its website and share full information about the points calculation to be clear with their community.

Here’s the updated list of teams that earned spots at The International 2022:

  • PSG.LGD – 2,240 DPC points
  • Team Spirit – 1810 DPC points
  • beastcoast – 1810 DPC points
  • OG – 1694 DPC points
  • Team Aster – 1690 DPC points
  • Thunder Awaken – 1540 DPC points
  • BOOM Esports – 1482 DPC points
  • TSM.FTX – 1380 DPC points
  • Tundra Esports – 1212 DPC points
  • Gaimin Gladiators – 1130 DPC points
  • Evil Geniuses – 1052 DPC points
  • Fnatic – 1020 DPC points

The DPC 2021/2022 season concluded on August 14 with the end of the PGL Major Arlington 2022. Along with that, the top 12 teams from the six regions qualified directly via DPC points. However, there’s still a chance for other squads to claim a spot in the biggest Dota 2 event of the year via regional qualifiers and the Last Chance events.

The International 2022 will take place October 15-30 in Singapore. The best Dota 2 teams from around the world will battle for a share of the $1.6 million up for grabs. The prize pool will also be further complemented by proceedings from the Dota 2 battle pass sales.

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