Even though the execution and production of Valve's nightmarish US$3 million tournament in Shanghai, China, eventually picked up towards the end, that didn't stop everyone from enjoying one last dose of schadenfreude.
We've already written about some of the astonishing cock-ups that have taken place during the Shanghai major, which can neatly be summarised as an absolute collapse of organisation. Things were looking up once Gabe Newell publicly announced the firing of the production team and host James "2GD" Harding, although the public, press and players were unlikely to ever forget the experience.
And just in case there was a chance someone might walk away from the Shanghai tournament with a good impression, this final flurry of failures will ensure they don't.
It seems to have been created by the organising staff taking down all the equipment, which they proceeded to do without informing any of the teams of players. Even though some of the equipment belonged to some of those teams and players.
Организаторы решили никому не говоря ночью разобрать практис румы и выкинуть все личные вещи игроков в коридор. Это полный пиздец!
— Georgy Faleev (@vp_drAmer) March 7, 2016
The translation, which someone helpfully provided on Reddit, reads as follows. "Organisers cleared out practice rooms at night without telling a single word to anybody, they just threw our personal stuff to the hall. That's totally fucked up!"
Team Secret, the team that won the tournament, helped illuminate the situation by posting pictures on their Instagram account of the takedown in progress. Needless to say, it was a touch chaotic.
And, as you'd expect, everyone was pretty unhappy about it.
Teams are shouting at the staff here as the majority of everyone's gear has been either packed away, lost or stolen.
— Team Secret (@teamsecret) March 7, 2016
Johan "N0tail" Sundstein posted on Twitter that his peripherals had vanished altogether during the whirlwind clean-up, but he had the good grace to crack a joke at his own expense.
— Johan Sundstein (@OG_BDN0tail) March 7, 2016
Sundstein's one of the members of OG, and he wasn't the only player that woke up to discover their property had mysteriously wandered off. Bai "r0tk" Fan found the keys to his Maserati were missing.
There was miscommunication btwn PW and hotel. PW is willing to pay all costs of missing gear/items. However, poor Rotk's car keys are mia..
— MissHoneybadger (@the_evany) March 7, 2016
In case you're wondering, PW is Perfect World — the group Valve partnered with to run the tournament. The fact that they were willing to pay all the costs of missing gear and items is nice, but you have to wonder how it happened in the first place.
According to the hotel itself, Perfect World told the Marriott that a range of peripherals had gone missing. The police then rocked up and spoke to a supervisor about the missing items. Following a review of the CCTV footage, the police concluded that "there are no evidence showing someone stole mouse, earphone and keys".
"They also think that it is better to Perfect World, to make a list to show what and how much goods they have been stolen as they claim themselves, and send to Wuliqiao Police Station to call police, then they will make inspection further."
OG's Dota 2 manager added that the hotel used a third party to clear rooms without getting Perfect World's approval, and that the Marriott would pay the costs of every item that was missing.
According to one of the Virtus.Pro players — the first person quoted in this report — around 40 to 50 items were lost in total amongst all the teams. The Russian team retrieved all their items, as did American team CompLexity — the latter mainly because they had the good sense to bail as fast as humanly possible.
— Kyle Bautista (@coL_Beef) March 7, 2016
And just for good measure, one of the players even decided to accuse Perfect World — although from the available information it appears that the hotel's decision to contract a third-party is at fault — of swiping their rather lovely My Neighbour Totoro cushion.
I just realized fucking PW stole my Totoro (this one isn't mine) pic.twitter.com/4qFYw7jMlJ
— EternaLEnVy (@EternaLEnVy1991) March 7, 2016
Ladies and gentlemen, I give you the Shanghai Dota 2 Major and one of the worst esports tournament of 2016 so far.
Update (5:04 PM): The nightmares continue.
It just never ends. Zak got food poisoning, so we want to rebook him and Josh to tomorrow. The result? They change EVERYONES fucking flights
— Kyle Freedman (@swindlezz) March 8, 2016