Aug 9 2016 - 3:47 pm

The first day of TI6 was totally unpredictable

The first day of the $20 million International 6 provided an ample amount of upsets as fan-favorite after fan-favorite fell to dark horses
Sam Nordmark
Writer at @dotesports

The first day of the $20 million International 6 provided an ample amount of upsets as fan-favorite after fan-favorite fell to dark horses.

Reigning world champions OG were the first to suffer a surprising defeat after they were sent to lower bracket by the South Koreans in MVP Phoenix. This was a complete reversal of the two teams previous match at the Manila Major, where OG completely decimated the top tier Koreans in two games in less than an hour.

The series went the full distance, with MVP Phoenix winning the first and third map. As always OG’s Amer “Miracle-” Al-Akwari was one of the main players to watch as the 19-year old Armenian delivered incredible performances on Timbersaw and Outworld Devourer in the two first games of the series. But despite the youngster’s absurd talents, the standout player of the match was MVP Phoenix offlaner Lee “Forev” Sang-don—and not always for the best of reasons.

In game two, Forev put on what can arguably be described as one of the worst performances of the tournament on Faceless Void. Trapping his own teammates in Chronospheres, or outright missing them, Forev contributed little in the game, which MVP Phoenix ultimately dropped. In complete contrast to his embarrassing performance in the previous game, Forev put on an absolute clinic on Axe in the final encounter of the series: Ending the game with 17 kills and zero deaths.

The concluding match of the upper bracket was one of the strangest series of the tournament. In defeating North American representatives Digital Chaos 2-1, Chinese side Wings drafted odd picks such as Brewmaster, Techies, Pudge, and Centaur Warrunner throughout the three game series.

After the conclusion of the upper bracket matches, all eyes were focused on the opening matches of the best-of-one lower bracket. Suffering from poor performances in the group stage, favorites such as Team Secret, Na`Vi, and Team Liquid were all staring at a last place finish—and that's exactly what happened to Secret and Na'vi. For Secret’s part, this marks the team’s second straight last-place finish at a Valve event.

Alliance and EHOME will open the second day of the International 6 playoffs at 12:00pm CT.

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.