Mar 7 2014 - 7:57 pm

USA and China's best collegiate 'StarCraft' teams to battle next week

The college esports scene is gaining so much momentum in North America that international matches are already starting to become standard fare
Ferguson Mitchell
Dot Esports

The college esports scene is gaining so much momentum in North America that international matches are already starting to become standard fare.

Next Monday, the Collegiate Starleague, the largest collegiate esports organization in the world, is pitting the best Chinese and American StarCraft 2 sides against one another. They’re calling it “USA vs. China: The Collegiate Showdown.”

Representing the CSL and North America will be last year’s champs, UC Berkeley. Led by Conan “Suppy” Liu, a member of the professional gaming team Evil Geniuses, Berkeley won $40,000 worth of scholarships. Liu, who took a break from school this year to compete in the Taiwan Esports League, will be returning to play with his team for the special showmatch.

Their opponents, however, will be no pushover. China is fielding TianJin University’s team, the winners of their own collegiate tournament. TianJin’s ace player, Zhou “IA” Hang, is a member of Invictus Gaming, one of China’s strongest esports organizations.

Both Liu and Hang competed in the North American World Championship Series Challenger League last year—and the two ended up tied with 50 points each.

The showmatch format will have two 1v1 matches and two 2v2 matches. If the two teams are tied after those, the winner will be decided in an ace match featuring the best 1v1 StarCraft players the team can field. Hang and Liu are already scheduled to open up the showmatch in the very first game, but they’ll likely get the chance to play against each other again if the teams end up tied.

Last year, UC Berkeley was pushed to that ace match against the Korean team from Chunnam University. Liu was put into the ace match, where he managed to pull out a win. Will he be able to do the same against TianJin?

Image via Collegiate Starleague

Jan 22 2017 - 9:12 pm

Hearthstone's NA vs CN event ends in controversy

The Chinese players were coasting to victory, but their final win provoked minor outrage.
Callum Leslie
Weekend Editor, Dot Esports.
Image via Blizzard Entertainment

China's best Hearthstone players turned back a team of the best North America had to offer—but the event did not end without controversy.

In the final game of the event series, China's "Lvge" made a play that seemed to defy logic. He played Dirty Rat on turn two, risking pulling a hugely advantageous early Tomb Pillager or Gadgetzan Auctioneer for his opponent Keaton "Chakki" Gill.

However, according to the American players the Chinese casters and Lvge's teammates were screaming to play the Rat when he picked the card up, and with no white noise in the player headsets Lvge could likely hear the noise and take the cue.

The play promoted a furious series of tweets from Tempo Storm founder and Team NA player Andrey "Reynad" Yanyuk—though the tweets were later deleted.

Chakki and other players have also commented on the controversy, claiming that they raised the issue of players being able to hear the casters. The other members of each team were also watching the stream of the game, meaning they could see the hands of the opposing player.

There was little that could be done to address the controversy unless the admins immediately halted the game in progress, as the game was tournament point for the Chinese side.

Despite the controversial finish, team China had run away with the tournament to get into that position. Thanks to two wins by "OmegaZero" and "Lovelychook" over the two day event, Lvge was left with only Chakki left to beat.

China had also won the first of the three showpiece events, before Canada's Julien “Cydonia” Perrault had single-handedly won the second for team North America.

Jan 22 2017 - 10:55 pm

EnVyUs survive Team Liquid comeback for overtime win

It was the closest game of the Major so far.
Callum Leslie
Weekend Editor, Dot Esports.
Photo via Turner Sports

Team EnVyUs survived a mammoth comeback attempt from Team Liquid to chalk up an overtime victory in their first match of the ELEAGUE Major.

Despite Team Liquid fighting back against eight match points, the French side were able to hold on and win in triple overtime in the closest game of the Major so far.

Drawing a relatively even map of Cache, the two teams were evenly matched in the early going. EnVyUs put up four unanswered rounds but Team Liquid didn't let the French run away with it, and drew it back 4-4. The teams remained relatively inseparable throughout the first half as Liquid defended well, allowing EnVyUs just a three round lead at half time.

However once the second half got started, the French side went off. EnVyUs AWPer Kenny "kennyS" Schrub was in top form picking off his American opponents, and it took a superhuman effort for Liquid to even get a T round. That came in the form of a sniper quadkill from Josh "jdm64" Marzano, who almost single handedly dragged his team back into this match.

The quadkill came in the nick of time, as EnVyUs were leading 15-7 and were just one round away from sealing the match.

Liquid rallied, eating into the lead of their French rivals. In a comeback that looked unfathomable Liquid managed eight rounds in a row to take it to overtime as the score hit 15-15.

After the teams were inseparable in the first period, a second overtime was called for. This time it was EnVyUs who needed to mount a comeback, as Liquid took it 20-18 and a match point of their own. They put themselves ahead at 21-19, but levelled things up once again.

In the third set of overtime rounds, EnVyUs were finally able to put the Legend side away. The French team put together four straight round wins to win the match at 25-21—a match that very nearly slipped away from them.