Dota 2 team disqualified from The International 2018 for illegal mouse

Dota 2 team disqualified from The International 2018 for illegal mouse

A South American Dota 2 team has been disqualified from The International 2018 after one of its players was found to be using a mouse against specification.

As reported by Motherboard, the Peruvian Thunder Predator team was barred from competing in The International after one of its members - AtuuN - was using Razer Synapse 3 gaming mouse, which allows users to pre-program macros. This allowed the player to complete actions much faster than actually possible, as spotted by Reddit users before.

The team denied that AtuuN was cheating, but was simply using macros to make "better use of the hardware" in a post on Facebook.

“The player of our squadron ‘Atún’ has a Razer Synapse mouse, which, like any professional player, has put its own manual configuration to be able to have a better use of Hardware in benefit of its efficient performance in each of the games played with this hero (Meepo),” the statement said.

“In this way, we highlight the fact that no type of hack has been used.”

However, the tournament organiser FaceIt disagrees, saying on Twitter (below) that it very much believes that a programmable mouse is the same as running macros in its rulebook.

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