Aug 3 2016 - 3:55 pm

EHOME and Escape fight through Wild Card competition, qualify for TI6

The International 6 Wild Card competition has concluded, with EHOME and Escape Gaming the final teams to make it to the main event
Sam Nordmark
Writer at @dotesports

The International 6 Wild Card competition has concluded, with EHOME and Escape Gaming the final teams to make it to the main event.

Featuring four teams from the major Dota 2 regions, the Wild Card tournament acts as a last chance qualifier for the teams that placed third in the regional qualifiers for the over $19 million tournament.

Chinese representatives EHOME became the first to make it to the main event, after defeating both Execration and Escape Gaming in two closely matched series. Surprisingly, it was the Philippines based Execration squad which proved to be the most challenging for the Chinese veterans, as they won the first game of the series. EHOME recuperated, however, and took the two remaining games to secure themselves a spot in the upper bracket to face the European side Escape Gaming. Fighting for a spot at the main event, both teams traded blows in two consecutive 40-plus minute games. The Chinese team seemed to have come prepared, as Ren "ELeVeN" Yangwei’s Axe cleaved through the Europeans with a 12-2-8 KDA at the end of the first game.Despite this rather one-sided start to the series, Escape gave it their all in the second game and looked primed for a comeback after a rough start, much to the credit of Maurice “KheZu” Gutmann’s Faceless Void. At 37 minutes, the Europeans were able to halve EHOME’s 10,000 gold lead, but a poor engagement lead to four members of the team falling. Once again EHOME were in the driver’s seat, and at 49 minutes the series was over, making EHOME the first team to advance out of the Wild Card tournament.

Escape Gaming would now face Execration in the deciding series. Having little to no international experience, Execration were still able to dispose of compLexity Gaming in very convincing fashion. The second game of their series was a particular case of complete domination, as Execration’s Abed “Abed” Yusop put on a flawless performance on Meepo. With a staggering 18 kills and zero deaths, the 15-year-old midlaner dismantled the North American team almost single-handedly, putting an early end to compLexity’s journey at the International 6.

Unfortunately, the team from the Philippines appeared to be all out of gas when playing in the final series of the Wild Card. Escape Gaming’s composure throughout the first game saw them claw their way back from an early gold deficit and eventually snowball out of control. The final game was an even more one-sided affair, as Execration never posed a threat to Adrian “Era” Kreyziu’s massive Huskar. In less than 19 minutes it was all over for the Filipinos, and Escape Gaming clinched the final slot at the International 6’s main event.

With the conclusion of the Wild Card event, the group stage is set to begin today at 12:00 p.m. EDT (9.30 a.m. PDT).

Jan 15 2017 - 10:31 pm

Kinguin and Fnatic Academy secure spots in European Challenger Series

The two teams made short work of the opposition.
Sam Nordmark
Writer at @dotesports
Photo via Riot Games

Fnatic Academy and Team Kinguin qualified for the European League of Legends Challenger Series, taking themselves one step closer to the game's premier competition.

In rather emphatic fashion, the two teams completely decimated their opposition. Both teams were able to secure quick 3-0 victories, and will now be competing in the upcoming season of the EU CS league.

While both teams fell short of first place in the qualifiers group stage, the teams made up for it in spades in the tournament finals. The Polish Kinguin roster were the first team to qualify for the league, as the team completely decimated opponents on Nerv.

Despite featuring former EU CS players such as mid laner An "SuNo" Sun-ho, as well as support Christophe "je suis kaas" van Oudheusden, it seemed as if Nerv weren't able to find any opening against the Polish team.

The final series of the day saw Fnatic Academy, in equally as dominant fashion, defeat Team Forge.

The academy team's display in the three games was incredible impressive, in particular the performances of mid laner Yasin "Nisqy" Dinçer and former FC Schalke AD carry Rasmus "MrRalleZ" Skinneholm, as both players only died once throughout the entire series.

With the qualifiers over, Kinguin and Fnatic Academy now join FC Schalke, Paris Saint-Germain, Millenium and Misfits Academy in the 2017 Spring Season of the EU CS.

The 2017 League of Legends season gets underway next week, when all regional leagues begin their spring seasons.

Jan 15 2017 - 8:00 pm

FlipSid3 take home DreamHack Leipzig title

The team didn't drop a single map throughout the tournament.
Sam Nordmark
Writer at @dotesports
Photo via Fragbite

Flipsid3 Tactics claimed the biggest Counter-Strike: Global Offensive title in the organization's history, dominating their opponents at DreamHack Leipzig.

Without dropping a single map throughout the event, FlipSid3 emerged as champions of DreamHack Leipzig after a convincing 2-0 victory in the event's grand finals. But despite its impressive record the team, which features CS 1.6 legend Yegor "markeloff" Markelov, did struggle at certain points throughout the final series against crowd favorites BIG.

While the German favorites were able to take eleven rounds in both maps of the series, FlipSid3 were always one step ahead. This was particularly obvious in regards to the team's latest recruit, Denis "electronic" Sharipov. The Russian player dominated in terms of statistics, as he tallied the highest number of kills in the grand final, earning him an ADR (Average Damage per Round) of 102.

While FlipSid3 finally taking home an international LAN is a big story in and of itself, BIG's performance at the event is almost an equally as notable achievement.

Having only assembled the roster on Jan. 2, DreamHack Leipzig was BIG's LAN debut. The roster, which contains names such as in-game leader Faith "gob b" Dayik and recent AWP star Kevin "keev" Bartholomäus impressed throughout the tournament. The team's 0-2 defeat against FlipSid3 was far from one-sided, as BIG were consistently able to impress against the Eastern European team.

BIG had upset Group A winners Heroic in the semifinals, taking a 2-1 victory, while Flipsid3 had swept aside the challenge of French side LDLC.

Flipsid3 will look to carry this momentum into next week's $1 million ELEAGUE Major, where they will face FaZe Clan in their first swiss stage clash.

Despite not being the most competitive event, DreamHack Leipzig brought a considerable amount of excitement and has already set 2017 off to a flying start.