Oct 17 2013 - 7:40 pm

$30K up for grabs in tomorrow's Dota 2 showdown

It was just three weeks ago that the League of Legends World Championship wrapped up, dishing out $1 million in prizes to South Korea’s SK Telecom T1
Paul Tassi
Dot Esports

It was just three weeks ago that the League of Legends World Championship wrapped up, dishing out $1 million in prizes to South Korea’s SK Telecom T1. Professional gamers and their fans are already prepping for the next big competition.

Starting tomorrow, Major League Gaming (MLG) is kicking off an event featuring Dota 2, the other major player in the multiplayer online battle arena genre, which has dominated eSports in recent years. There's also a side helping of Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 for good measure.

MLG is always a good metric of eSports rapid rise. The league has seen 600 percent jump in audience just three years, according to MLG vice president Adam Apicella. And advertisers are eager to get a piece of a young, engaged demographic who can watch hours and hours of eSports content over the course of a weekend.

Tomorrow's Fall Invitational invites four Dota and Black Ops teams to compete for $15,000 in prizes each. The winning Dota 2 team will land a spot at MLG's Fall Championship in November, alongside the other best teams in the scene.

Major League Gaming remains North America's largest independent eSports organization. Unlike, say, Blizzard or Riot, MLG doesn't own the games that feature in its tournaments, which have included Starcraft 2Halo, and Smash Bros, among others.

Why has MLG made such a big push into Dota 2?

"For our Pro Circuit activities we focus on a few games each season," Apicella told the Daily Dot. "Over the last few years, the Dota scene has grown exponentially especially with a large International presence and the incredible showing at Valve’s TI tournaments… We felt there was an opportunity for us to foster that growth in North America as well and help drive the Dota scene even further."

League of Legends events have drawn record viewing numbers for MLG in the past. Since it shares an incredibly similar format with Dota 2, there's always been talk of a rivalry between fans. Apicella says that there's a place for both in the eSports scene.

"I don’t necessarily think of this as a rivalry, rather competition between two games in the same genre," he said. "I think both games were created with eSports in mind and offer players a great competitive platform that is constantly evolving and we hope to continue to showcase both games moving forward."

As for the other half of tomorrow's event, Call of Duty: It's interesting to watch a game literally be replaced year after year with a new variant. Call of Duty: Ghosts will release in about a month, and will swoop in and replace Black Ops 2. MLG is actually hosting the first pro event featuring Ghosts at the Columbus championship, something Apicella says the league is "extremely excited" about.

MLG is also looking for opportunities on next-gen consoles like the PS4 and Xbox One, Apicella added, isn't ready to announce anything official yet.

The Fall Invitational starts with Dota tomorrow and Black Ops 2 Saturday. You can read more up on the event here and watch it here.

Photo via Major League Gaming

Today - 4:46 pm

Cloud9 recruits new player ahead of Overwatch APEX Season 2

Former NRG Esports player Daniel "Gods" Graeser will replace Kyle "KyKy" Souder.
Nicole Carpenter
Dot Esports
Image via Blizzard Entertainment

Western Overwatch teams are arriving in South Korea just days before the OGN Overwatch APEX Season 2 tournament series is set to begin—and Cloud9 is just announcing a roster change.

Daniel "Gods" Graeser, a flex/DPS player who was released from NRG Esports in October, will replace Kyle "KyKy" Souder on Cloud9. KyKy will step down from the starting roster, though he'll stay in South Korea as a temporary coach for Cloud9 opponent Team EnVyUs.

Uncertainty in Overwatch's meta is likely the cause of Cloud9's roster shakeup: A new patch is in testing on Overwatch's public test realm and expected to hit the live server at any time. Gods, as a flex player, is like a safety net. With Lane "Surefour" Roberts and Lucas "Mendokusaii" Håkansson also on flex, they've got much of the hero pool covered.

"I'm very excited to be joining Cloud9," Gods said in a statement. "Becoming part of such an amazing organization is definitely a huge opportunity for my career, and I can't wait to see all that we can accomplish together."

Though a last minute roster change seems reckless, it's worked for invited OGN Overwatch APEX teams in the past. In season one, Team EnVyUs was forced to replace Ronnie "Talespin" DuPree after he quit the team days before EnVyUs was scheduled to fly to South Korea. The sudden switch up seemed to work for EnVyUs, who brought on Pongphop "Mickie" Rattanasangchod and won the whole tournament. With KyKy as coach, they're looking to do the same. The former Cloud9 player, however, is not signed to EnVyUs permanently: "[He's] here to help us as a tryout for a coaching position," Dennis "INTERNETHULK" Hawelka tweeted. "We're optimistic about his position."

EnVyUs will take on MVP Infinity when OGN Overwatch APEX season two begins on Jan. 17 at 5am ET (7pm KST). Cloud9 takes the stage Jan. 20 at 5am ET (7pm KST).

Jan 15 2017 - 10:59 pm

Staz bests Orange in WESG Hearthstone final

It's the first major win for an SEA player.
Callum Leslie
Weekend Editor, Dot Esports.
Screengrab via Starladder_HS_en/Twitch

At the first major Hearthstone event of 2017, Euneil “Staz” Javinaz bested European star Jon "Orange" Westberg to win his first title—and the first for his region.

Staz and Orange went the full seven games in the stunning final set, trading games back and forth before Staz eventually came out on top 4-3. The final game was a grinding affair, a Reno Mage mirror that played over close to an hour.

Representing the South East Asia region, Staz is the first player from that region to win a major title.

Staz reached the final after beating out a pair of Europeans—Orange's countryman Elliot "Fluffy" Karlsson and the impressive Raphael "BunnyHoppor" Peltzer—arguably having the toughest road through the bracket stage.

Orange's run was no easy feat either as he had to take out Sebastian "Xixo" Bentert, one of the most successful players of 2016 playing in his first tournament since joining Counter Logic Gaming.

The loss meant that Orange was unable to string together back to back major victories, after winning his second Seat Story Cup title in December.

For his victory Staz takes home a whopping $150,000, one of the largest prizes ever awarded in Hearthstone. For second place Orange will have to make do with $70,000.