Troll Sneaks into Dota 2 Lobby For International 2015 Qualifer. Hilarity Ensues?

This week marked the start of the qualifiers for the largest Dota 2 tournament of the year: The International 2015. Teams from across the globe are duking it out to try and secure a spot in the final event and the opportunity to take home a piece of the prize pool which sits at a cool 9.2 million dollars. Tensions are high, as The International is commonly considered the event that most professional Dota 2 teams look to all year.

During the American region qualifiers match between ROOT gaming and team eHug, a prankster made use of a blank username and sneaked into the lobby, joined the English casting slot and proceeded to play J-Pop and anime themed music. The English casters either ignored their unexpected noisy co-caster or spoke over the music. But how did the prankster manage to pull it off? Joining a tournament lobby requires a player, caster, or admin to know the tournament lobby password, one that’s unique to each lobby. It’s anyone’s guess as to how the culprit managed to get a hold of the lobby password. Check out the video below to see what eSports fan got to enjoy.

For those of you curious, the song playing is Orange, which is the 2nd ending theme to the anime, Toradora. 

The jokester also posted a number snarky comments in boxes usually reserved for color commentary on statistics. Check out a few examples below:


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Images were posted by Reddit user DomoArigato1 on the r/dota2/ subreddit

A full imgur album of all snarky messages is available here.

Needless to say, tournament admins will be more careful from this point forward. What do you think, a hilarious joke or an immature annoyance? Let us know in the comments below!

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Nick Bayer
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Greetings Nation! The name's Nick Bayer, I'm 25 and have identified as a gamer since my father brought home Commander Keen when I was 5. I currently work as a Medical Social Worker and spend all of my free time either gaming, spending time with my beautiful fiance, or gaming with my beautiful fiance. I gradated in 2013 from Grand Valley State University with a degree in Psychology, I currently am in my final semester at Grand Valley State University for a Masters in Social Work. I mainly use PC as my gaming platform of choice, primarily enjoying the genres of RPG, action-adventure, FPS, and strategy games (Including Grand Strategy!). I also play an unhealthy amount of Dota 2. My favorites include Max Payne 2, Bioshock 1, Crusader Kings 2, The Ace Combat series (4-6), and Spec Ops: The Line. My favorite games are the ones that excel at telling wonderful stories!

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