Sep 26 2016 - 4:40 pm

Gamerbee triumphs at EGX, while Brolynho clinches a Capcom Cup berth

A pair of Asian players scored victories on the Capcom Pro Tour on Sunday, but it was a Brazilian player who claimed the week’s biggest prize
Steve Jurek
Dot Esports

A pair of Asian players scored victories on the Capcom Pro Tour on Sunday, but it was a Brazilian player who claimed the week’s biggest prize.

Just five weeks remain in the 2016 Pro Tour’s “regular season” and the fight for places in this year’s Capcom Cup is growing more and more intense. One player was able to secure a place in the season championship, while another established himself as a potential favorite to take it all.

Here’s what happened on the Capcom Pro Tour this week and what it means going forward:

EGX 2016 (Premier)

What happened:

For both of the finalists at the Capcom Pro Tour event at EGX, it was a case of deja vu all over again.

Bruce “Gamerbee” Hsiang won the Street Fighter V tournament at EGX in Birmingham, UK on Sunday. He secured the victory with 3-0 wins over Ryan Hart in both the winners' final and the grand final.

The win, his second Premier event victory in as many weeks, further solidifies Gamerbee's spot as one of the hottest players in the world. He has now placed third or better in each of the last six Pro Tour events he has entered and is now ranked fifth in the global Pro Tour standings.

Gamerbee's win meant that no player earned a direct invitation to the Capcom Cup this weekend. Instead, an additional player will qualify for the season championship through the global leaderboard.

While it was another dream week for Gamerbee, Ryan Hart had to relive a nightmare.

For the second year in a row, Hart was denied a Capcom Cup berth by a Taiwanese player. At Milan Games Week 2015, Hart faced Arubi "RB" Kao in the losers' semifinal. Had he won that match, Hart would have qualified for the Capcom Cup by being the highest-placing finisher who had not already earned a spot in the championship event. Instead, RB defeated Hart to secure his own path to last year’s final.

Hart is still in contention for a place in this year's Capcom Cup, but will likely need to win one of the last three European events to qualify.

Onuki "Nuki" Shinya battled through the losers' bracket to finish in third place despite a series of controller malfunctions.

Nuki's first malfunction came during his losers' quarterfinal match with Wilfried "Will2Pac" Jean-Baptiste, who defeated him earlier in the tournament. Nuki won the first match and had a life lead in the third round of Game 2 when his stick malfunctioned. By rule, Nuki forfeited the round (and thus, the game) but battled back to win the set 3-2.

Nuki's stick died again during his losers' final match with Hart. In the opening round of the fifth and decisive game, Nuki held a significant life. Hart began a combo that could have given him the round win just before Nuki's controller malfunctioned. Hart maintained his cool during the 10-minute delay that followed and won the set.

Umehara Daigo finished in fourth place. Will2Pac tied for fifth place alongside Arman "Phenom" Hanjani, while Claude-Eric "Hurricane" Diboti and Marcus "Packz" Parker tied for seventh.

What it means:

Players on the bubble of Capcom Cup qualification were relieved to see Gamerbee hold off Ryan Hart. Gamerbee’s win now means that 11 players will qualify for the Capcom Cup through the global leaderboard, slightly lowering the cut line.

Hart’s second-place finish is a good result, but he still has work to do to qualify for the season championship. He will likely need to earn about 100 points over the final few weeks of the Pro Tour season to get into the qualification conversation.

It was a rough week for the players atop the European regional standings. European points leader Younes "CCL" Lazaar was a late scratch for the event. The three players chasing him could not take advantage of his absence, as Nathan "Mister Crimson" Massol, Olivier "Luffy" Hay, and Benjamin "Problem X" Simon all finished ninth or worse. None of these four players are currently in position to qualify through the global leaderboard, which means that these four players are fighting for just the two European leaderboard slots.

Kenneth “K-Brad” Bradley failed to advance beyond pool play, but his global points haul is likely irrelevant at this point. His path to the Capcom Cup is through the Latin American leaderboard, so his hopes almost certainly hinge on what happens at next weekend’s Treta Championships in Brazil

Never Give Up 2016 (Latin America)

What happened:

Thomas "Brolynho" Proenca did not claim one of the top two positions at this weekend's Latin American Pro Tour event, but he walked away as the event's biggest winner.

Brolynho's third-place finish in the Street Fighter V tournament at Never Give Up in Santiago, Chile on Sunday was good enough to secure him a place in this year's Capcom Cup. The top two players in of the four regional leaderboards are guaranteed a place in Capcom Cup, and Brolynho can finish no worse than second in Latin America.

The result guarantees that Brazil will be represented at the Capcom Cup for the third straight year. Eric "ChuChu" Silva qualified for the inaugural edition in 2014, and Keoma Pacheco placed seventh at the event in 2015.

As for the rest of the tournament, Zeng "Jiewa" Xijie of China held off Taniguchi "Tokido" Hajime of Japan to win the event. The win was Jiewa's first of the season and put him in the heart of the Capcom Cup qualification race.

Jiewa reached the grand final by defeating Tokido 3-2 in the winners' final. Tokido got revenge in the first set of the grand final with a 3-0 win, but Jiewa won the second set 3-2 to end Tokido's comeback hopes.

With the win, Jiewa is within striking distance of qualifying for the Capcom Cup through the Latin American leaderboard. If he attends the Treta Championships in Brazil next weekend, he can secure a berth in the season championship with a win. Depending on how others fare, he can finish as low as seventh place at the event and still qualify for the Capcom Cup.

What it means:

With his place in the Capcom Cup secure, Brolynho's decision to skip the Treta Championships—the final Latin American Ranking event of the season—will not come back to haunt him. He will be at ESL's Brooklyn Beatdown instead, where he can start to prepare for the high-level international players he will face at the Capcom Cup.

Brolynho will be joined in Brooklyn by K-Brad, who currently, and barely, holds the second Latin American leaderboard Capcom Cup qualification spot. K-Brad leads Felipe "Misterio" Torres by just one point and leads Jiewa by three.

Misterio and Jiewa are far from the only threats that K-Brad faces. A whopping 14 players have a chance to surpass him in the Latin American standings if they attend the Treta Championships next weekend. Three of those 14—Misterio, Jiewa, and Antonio "Kusanagi" medrano—can do so without winning the event. Alvaro "Baek" Acosta, who tied for seventh place this weekend, can tie K-Brad with a second-place finish at the Treta Championships.

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.