Feb 28 2014 - 6:19 pm

11-year-old reportedly murdered after 'Dota' hack

Competitive multiplayer games such as Starcraft II and League of Legends are infamous for catalyzing rage and are sometimes even blamed for real-world disturbances
Cassandra Khaw
Dot Esports

Competitive multiplayer games such as Starcraft II and League of Legends are infamous for catalyzing rage and are sometimes even blamed for real-world disturbances. Unfortunately, it seems that news articles blaming violence on video games are set to continue.

In the Philippines, a 16-year-old is suspected of murdering an 11-year-old boy over the "hacking of an 'online Dota account,'" according to a report from Games in Asia.

Defense of the Ancients (DotA) is a popular action rts (real-time strategy) mod for the Warcraft III series and has become a staple at esports tournaments. 

The body of the victim was reportedly found with 40 stab wounds in a construction site behind his home. The 16-year-old suspect, whose name will not be released due to his minor status, is denying any contact with the victim. However, he was purportedly found with "heavily blood-stained shorts" and "drops of blood leading up to his house."

While it’s reported that police believe Dota was the cause of the crime, no concrete evidence connecting the murder to either the original game or the Valve-made sequel Dota 2 has been provided as of yet.

Photo via dfactory (CC BY 2.0)

Today - 5:32 pm

G2 Esports defeat dismal Fnatic in ELEAGUE Major opening round

The Swedes looked all over the place at times.
Callum Leslie
Weekend Editor, Dot Esports.
Photo via Turner Sports

In the pick of the opening round games G2 Esports defeated Fnatic on day one of the ELEAGUE Major, as the Swedes continued their poor run of form.

The teams were evenly matched throughout much of the contest. G2 were able to gain small advantages in the early rounds, including a huge clutch from Richard "shox" Papillon in the initial pistol round, but Fnatic were able to fight back every time and were level as far as 10-10.

However Fnatic found themselves tactically outmanoeuvred by G2, eventually falling behind as their economy was constricted. An all-in buy late in the game meant that Fnatic were unable to take risks in those later rounds, instead desperate to save their guns.

With the French team close to a victory Fnatic's movement was in disarray, and G2 could sit back and pick them off. Unable to recover from economic disaster Fnatic were taken apart by G2 as the game came to a close, claiming a 16-10 win.

With Shox and Adil "ScreaM" Benrlitom often the players to watch for the French side it was Cédric "RpK" Guipouy who dominated, topping the scoreboard with 28 kills.

Both Fnatic and G2 Esports could well be playing this Major as one of the last appearances for their current lineups, with Swedish and French shuffles heavily rumored for after the tournament.

In the opening game of the day the debuting North, formerly known as Dignitas before joining the new FC Copenhagen-owned team, dropped 8-16 to Gambit Gaming. Veteran Danylo 'Zeus' Teslenko, formerly of Natus Vincere, led the way for his team as the Danish side stumbled.

Under the Swiss system neither losing team is eliminated. Teams must win three times to advance, which means G2 and Gambit are one third of the way to the playoffs.

Jan 21 2017 - 10:55 pm

Contractz shines as Cloud9 topples TSM

Cloud9’s rookie jungler made a big splash in his LCS debut
Xing Li
Dot Esports
Photo via Riot Games

Cloud9’s Juan "Contractz" Arturo Garcia didn't just make an impression in his LCS debut. He blew away all expectations, and showed himself to be a force to be reckoned with.

Contractz was the last cut from the Players to Watch list we wrote before the League Championship season. We weren’t sure how much priority Cloud9 would give him, especially with so much talent elsewhere on the roster. Still, we felt uneasy--someone not on the list was almost guaranteed to break out.

We just didn’t know that it would happen in the very first series.

In a rematch of last summer’s LCS Finals, Cloud9 and TSM clashed on the rift. And despite the star power that this matchup brings, much of the focus was on Contractz. He was a major focus for C9, almost a win condition in themselves.

Let’s see how he did it.

Jungle Priority

Due to the changes Riot made to the jungle in the offseason, priority has risen for junglers. More experience and more ganks means a good jungler can more easily carry a game. Cloud9’s coach, Bok “Reapred” Han-gyu talks about priority all the time.

Priority is a League term that indicates which lane has a strong matchups and should be a focus for jungle ganks. The player or lane with priority gets earlier picks and more attention from the rest of the team.

In a bit of a role reversal, C9 picked jungle to have priority in game one. That meant C9 players actively played around Contractz’ Kha’zix and made plays to get him ahead. In one telling instance, AD carry Zachary “Sneaky” Scuderi burned his Ashe ult so that Contractz could invade and secure red buff.

Contractz rewarded that allocation by killing TSM ADC Jason “WildTurtle” Tran for First Blood. Cloud9 picked a risky comp that required Contractz and mid laner Nicolaj Jensen (playing Fizz) to snowball. Aided by some questionable team play from TSM and baffling itemization from WildTurtle, they accomplished that.

How would TSM react in game two?

A Lee Sin God

Cloud9 continued to give Contractz priority by first-picking Lee Sin for him (only one jungler, Rengar, was banned). This time, he lived in TSM’s red side jungle, playing around pressure from Jensen and top laner Jung “Impact” Eon-yeong.

A well-executed gank gave C9 First Blood again, this time on Soren “Bjergsen” Bjerg. C9’s duo lane kept their own red-side safe, allowing Contractz to clear and run to the top lane to kill Kevin “Hauntzer” Yarnell.

For much of the series, Cloud9 exhibited superior team play and coordination, and Contractz was at the center of big plays. He is an aggressive, carry-oriented player and C9 enabled that aggression extremely well. Even when TSM jungler Dennis “Svenskeren” Johnsen and the rest of the team was there, it was often C9 making the right moves, faster. Following a decent TSM dive in the bot lane, Contractz responded with kill after kill.

It’s still very early in the season, but this team has come together very fast. Their communication was superb as was the shot calling. TSM had poor performances from Turtle and Svenskeren, but this victory was still more about C9's macro-oriented team play, rather than individual performances. They will have chances to come back, just like C9 will have to keep their play high by continuing to aid their jungler.

Contractz just dominated what was the best team in NA. Keep this performance up, and he’ll find himself on another one of our lists: the end of split awards.