Fnatic Dota 2 qualification has been confirmed. Dota 2 developer, Valve, somewhat controversially announced that Fantic had qualified for Dota 2 The International 2022, ahead of Outsiders, despite community calculations placing Outsiders ahead of Fnatic in the rankings.
We woke up today to the news that we are in fact, headed to The International.
As our 9th consecutive TI, we can’t express how much this means to the players, staff and organisation.
Thank you to all the fans who rallied & supported us this season. We’ll see you in Singapore. pic.twitter.com/MVVMICYIwm
— FNATIC (@FNATIC) August 16, 2022
Dota 2 TI 2022 is about to take place soon, but before it begins, it seems as though there’s some trouble on the homefront. The Dota 2 regular season came to an end last weekend as Team Spirit won the Arlington Major. The Major was the last chance for teams to earn Dota Pro Circuit Points, with the top teams at the end of the event qualifying for Dota 2 The International 2022 later this year. Once the event was over, almost all calculations done had the Outsiders ahead of Fnatic by a tiny 0.05 points, 1020.05 to Fnatic’s 1020.
While it was heartbreaking for Fnatic and the team’s fans to miss out on the Dota 2 TI 2022 automatic qualification by such a small margin, from the moment they were knocked out of the tournament, everyone in the Dota scene thought that the Outsiders were guaranteed a slot at TI regardless of their performance. The Outsiders would lose their next match believing they had qualified and lose more DPC points.
After the tournament ended, some people noticed that the ranking on the official Dota website did not match the ranking on other trusted sources, like Liquipedia. Most notably, the Dota website doesn’t include partial points, just whole numbers, and that’s where the controversy arises.
Even though it wasn’t stated in the ruleset, the community discovered that in Valve’s calculations, they were rounding points down whenever they were used instead of at the end of the season. As a result, this meant that the numerous penalties the Outsiders received for roster changes throughout the season dropped them to a rounded 1019 points, which was one point less than Fnatic.
We are aware of a discrepancy regarding how the DPC standings are calculated when compared to unofficial sources. The DPC website https://t.co/lqfXMpOBmD reflects the official standings for the 2021-2022 season.
— DOTA 2 (@DOTA2) August 15, 2022
With Valve stating their decision and releasing their statement, there’s little to no chance of anything changing. You will probably see Fnatic at TI, while the Outsiders will have to qualify for the event through regional qualifiers.