Aug 26 2016 - 7:32 pm

Digital Chaos finalizes its roster, adds former OG offlaner MoonMeander

Digital Chaos, which finished second at Valve’s $20
Sam Nordmark
Writer at @dotesports

Digital Chaos, which finished second at Valve’s $20.9 million tournament the International 6, has replaced its North American offlaner David "Moo" Hull.

In his place, the team has added former OG offlaner David “MoonMeander” Tan, who won two Valve majors together with the team before being released after a disappointing performance at the International 6.

Digital Chaos became the Cinderella story of the massive tournament. Despite entering as complete underdogs, the team consisting of mostly rejects from established rosters reached the grand finals after enduring a terrifying path in the lower bracket. Defeating serious competition like EHOME, Fnatic, and Evil Geniuses before finally being toppled by Wings Gaming in the grand final.

MoonMeander was announced as Moo’s replacement one day after the team revealed the offlaner had been released. The player’s resumé is hard to argue against, as incredible performances at both the Frankfurt and Manila majors made OG the first team in Dota 2 to ever win two Valve-events. MoonMeander, however, has since alluded to things not being as spotless within the team in an interview with Christian “Epi” Czech.

MoonMeander told Epi that the team simply crashed at the International 6, where they exited in 9-12th place, and he blamed this partially on lack of focus during practices and a lax attitude prior to the event. The 24-year old added that he was unaware that he was dropped from the roster until a week after OG’s tournament run was over.

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 20 2017 - 9:49 pm

IEM Katowice’s CS:GO tournament is going to be awesome

The final two invites went out today, and the tournament's guaranteed to be exciting.
Sam Nordmark
Writer at @dotesports
Photo via Fragbite

The final two teams to be invited to one of the year's biggest events have been announced.

FaZe Clan and Danish soccer club FC Copenhagen's esports venture, North, will be attending IEM Katowice's Counter-Strike: Global Offensive finals from Mar. 1-5, ESL announced today. The teams, which showed impressive form towards the end of 2016 at multiple international LAN events, will be competing against some of the best teams in the world.

The two teams are also the last to receive invitations to the event, as four teams will be added after a series of online qualifiers. In total, three more European teams will be attending IEM Katowice, as well as one North American team. With an already-stacked ensemble of teams ready to attend, such as Brazil's SK Gaming, Polish hometown heroes Virtus Pro, and Denmark's top team Astralis, the four teams that will be advancing through the online qualifiers will be making an already-competitive event all the more fierce.

In October 2016, the current North roster, which was signed to Dignitas at the time, took home the $500,000 EPICENTER event in Moscow. Aside from being one of the biggest events of the year, it had all the top teams in the world in attendance. Since then, however, North has struggled to live up to the expectations placed upon them, and have recently fallen short at nearly all events they have attended since.

The opposite can be said about FaZe, since the team picked up former Astralis in-game leader Finn "Karrigan" Andersen. Since Karrigan's arrival, FaZe have had their best results since the team's inception, and have looked stronger at each event they have attended.

Taking place roughly one month after the ELEAGUE Major, which begins on Jan. 22, IEM Katowice will likely be the debut tournament of several new rosters—so make sure to keep an eye on what could be one of the biggest CS:GO events of the year.