EHOME took down Gambit 3-1 in the grand finals to win the Bucharest Minor, a first place prize of $125,000 and 120 DPC points, and the final qualifying slot at the Chongqing Major.
Both Gambit and EHOME rolled through their competition, both topping out in their groups and didn't drop a game in the bracket stage until they faced each other. EHOME looked by far the strongest out of the competition, dropping only 1 game (11-1) throughout the event. TI champions, Team OG, currently functioning with a stand-in, ILTW, flamed out early with two consecutive losses to Gambit and NiP.
It'll be a short turnaround for EHOME, who will have a week break before the upcoming Chongqing Major. With the addition of EHOME, China will have four teams representing the region.
Today we reset roughly 17,000 accounts that were found to be abusing matchmaking to get into ranked. These techniques were mostly used by smurfs or account buyers.— DOTA 2 (@DOTA2) January 11, 2019
For the new year, Valve is making moves to target matchmaking abuse in Dota. In their year in review post, they mentioned releasing CS:GO's Trusted Matchmaking system across all games. Similar to behavior score, your trust score, however, is connected your account, rather than just your Dota activity. The move is a step in the right direction toward managing smurfs and account buyers, whose participation in games can essentially waste the time of 9 other players.