With the Latest 7.35 Dota 2 Update, Smurfs Meet Their Match

The banhammer continues to slam...

As the digital snow settles on the festive lanes of Dota 2’s Frostivus season, Valve has brought more than just holiday cheer with the latest 7.35 gameplay update. To tackle unfair play, a sweeping ban has been enacted on over 90,000 smurfs, sending a clear message.

Smurfing, a term coined for the act of high-skilled players creating secondary accounts to compete against less experienced opponents, has been a thorn in the side of the Dota 2 community. It disrupts the natural balance and learning curve, disadvantaging new or less skilled players. This practice not only undermines the integrity of the game but also diminishes the overall experience for players genuinely looking to enjoy Dota 2.

The crackdown was not a decision made in isolation. Pro players have long voiced their concerns over smurfing. Extensive dialogues post-The International tournament led to a consensus that Dota 2 must be preserved for fair play, and smurfing will no longer be tolerated.

The enforcement doesn’t stop at smurf accounts. The developers have targeted any behavior that’s out of line with the community’s values. Actions such as griefing, using exploits, and manipulating behavior scores are also on the radar, with stringent penalties awaiting those who step out of line.

While those who have been nice and honest are in wait for pleasant surprises, the others will remain doomed, and severe actions will be taken against them.

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