Knights, a Dota 2 team competing in Division I of the 2023 Dota Pro Circuit's (DPC) Chinese regional league, have been accused of using vision hacks to cheat in multiple professional games.
Perfect World Esports, the organisers of the DPC's Chinese regional league, posted on its official Weibo account on Wednesday (11 January) that they have already collected evidence of Knights using the alleged hacks and reported them to Dota 2 developer Valve Software.
Vision over the map is a very important mechanic in Dota 2. Much of the map normally hidden by the fog of war, thus obscuring the position and movement of each team from one another.
Each side can only gain vision of parts of the map where their heroes, creeps, or towers are present, or by planting vision-granting Observer Wards.
Using vision hacks grants a team a very unfair advantage, as they can freely read the movements of the enemy team to avoid ganks, set up ganks of their own on unsuspecting enemy heroes, and get in optimal position to start teamfights or base sieges.
Perfect World did not reveal in which games or matches Knights were using the alleged vision hacks.
Knights is a team comprised of Chinese and Malaysian players, namely Luo "eGo" Bin, Vincent "AlaCrity" Hiew, Su "Flyby" Lei, Chong “FelixCiaoBa” Wei Lun, and Xiao "XCJ" Chaojian.
The team earned their spot in Division I of the Chinese regional league after the slot originally owned by the organisation Royal Never Give Up (RNG) was transferred to them.
Knights held a 5-2 record by the time they were accused of using vision hacks. They lost their first match of the season, 1-2, to Team Aster before scoring 2-0 sweeps over Invictus Gaming and PSG.LGD.
Both Perfect World and Valve have yet to confirm if Knights actually used vision hacks at the time of publishing.
There have been multiple recent cases of teams and players using cheats in pro games, resulting in them getting disqualified and banned from competing in the DPC.
Last December, Valve banned 10 Russian and Ukrainian for account sharing and impersonating members of other teams during tournament games.
A member of Myanmar's Yangon Galacticos was also found guilty of scripting during official matches, resulting in the team getting disqualified from the closed qualifier of the DPC's Southeast Asian regional league.
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