TI 2016 in full gear, heading to finals

A couple of heavyweights already had to leave the tournament held in Seattles Key Arena, right at Valves doorstep in the state of Washington, USA. A smaller wildcard tournament and a groupstage opened up the 10 day (!) tournament, which to me is more attractive than these other games in Rio where drugged up Ppl get splashed with poowater and do some stuff that could actually hurt you. But we are approaching the end of it fast: Saturday will be the grand finals, but on the way there will be more matches that are worthy of a grand final already. To be frank, EU Dota 2 got put in it’s place: Alliance, OG, Navi and Escape went down and out fairly soon, with OG and Alliance putting up decent fights. Among the winners bracket top 4 were 2 Chinese teams -EHome and Wings, 1 South Korean with MVP Phoenix and the US Evil Geniuses, last years champion, with EG and Wings duking it out for the first spot in the Grand Final. Ehome and MVP will wait in the losers bracket for Digital Chaos or TNC and fnatic or Liquid respectively.

Sadly, the time difference between CET and Pacific standard is 9 hours, which puts half the games into the morning hours, Stream starts daily at 19 CET and -depending on gamelength- will last around 12-14 hours typically and the vods are available on the respective twitch channels in case you don’t want to stay up until morning.

You can catch all the action on twitch in 3 languages with a plethora of casters and analysts and explainers of all kins and colours that make it easy to understand the action even for a total rookie, may it be after the game latest.

Bracket and schedule: Dota 2 official Page

the Results are in and what else?

the old an new Major Champions are the guys from Brazil: former Luminosity, now SK Gaming roster FalleN, coldzera, fer, fnx, and Taco bestet Liquid in a bo3 with a dominant 2:0 (16:7 , 16:6 on train and cobblestone) in Cologne.  G2 actually managed to beat SK Gaming recently in the final of the ECS in London, yet in Cologne they disappointingly went out 13-16th. Noteworthy is the fact that Gambit, Flipside, NaVi and VP managed to go into the top 8 leaving behind well accomplished teams like NiP (who continously held a spot among the top 8 at majors), EnVyUs and some teams that have had good form like Faze, dignitas and mousesports. Flipsides markeloff seems to have a 2nd spring and was contributing heavily to his teams success to gain a top 8 spot.  Astralis and fnatic came with solid performances, ever so dangerous and hard to beat.

Up next is the Dreamhack Valencia, which will be held in this very month, later this year, we will have the ESL One New York aswell as the IEM Masters Oakland, Dreamhack Bucharest, the ESL Pro League finals in Sao Paulo and to close it all out the Dreamhack Winter, which probably will be the last Major event this year in late November. Plenty of action to keep going.

Important to note is the current unraveling of the CSGO Gambling scandals:
Mohammed “mOE” Assad first made the news by faking wins when getting the blockchain by his sponsor in advance to replenish his account instead of fully disclosing he is playing with the houses money and this is the way they chose to reimburse. The Blockchain method ensures cheatfree gambling and if you have it, you can predict all the future outcomes of the game. Instead of just crediting his account with a certain amount of money, they chose to fake wins in order to make it more exciting for the viewers and intice them into gambling aswell. (more…)

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North American CS GO on it’s knees again.

Last night, the American Qualifier for IEM Katowice 2016 endet in a disaster for the US Americans as the Brazilians from Tempo Storm (former Games Academy) won the tournament defeating complexity, CLG, Liquid and Cloud9. There will be 2 Brazilian teams attending the Major in Poland with Luminosity and Tempo Storm, yet none from North America.

The main event will take place in march, and has a prize purse of 250.000 Dollars with fnatic still as the Team to beat for the no 1 spot on the podium. There are a few teams that can do that however: NaVi is currently in great form and are serious contenders, Luminosity Gaming will probably also atleast secure a spot among the final 4 with a good shot at the title and finally EnVyUs: a team of great talent that is currently not the peak of their skill, but certainly still one of the best in the world. VirtusPro and Astralis from Poland and Denmark have not had the recent results to suggest them being a part in the race to the top, yet when VP won the tournament 2 years ago, it was a surprise victory aswell.

Full list of Teams

Invited

  • fnatic (swe)
  • EnVyUs (fra)
  • Astralis (dk)
  • VirtusPro (pol)
  • NaVi (CIS)
  • Ninjas in Pyjamas (swe)
  • FaZe Clan (EU)
  • Luminosity Gaming (bra)

Qualified

  • mousesports (ger)
  • Tempo Storm (bra)
  • E-Frag Esports Club (bul)
  • the Mongolz (mng)

APM Sidenote:
Mousesports won the Acer Predator Masters Season 2 Finale in Germany over Flipside tactics in a best of 5 finals with 3:0. Flipside had to play with a stand-in as one of their key players -markeloff- had a visa that ran out the day of the final and was required to leave the event to make it over the border before the expiration to prevent future trouble. Ange1 from HellRaisers took his spot and mousesports agreed to this under the condition that they would start into the finals with 1 map advantage in their favor.