Aug 14 2016 - 3:35 pm

Wings Gaming take home TI6 and the biggest prize pool in esports history

China’s Wings Gaming are the International 6 (TI6) champions after defeating Digital Chaos in a 3-1 series last night
Sam Nordmark
Writer at @dotesports

China’s Wings Gaming are the International 6 (TI6) champions after defeating Digital Chaos in a 3-1 series last night.

TI6 will go down in history for being one of the most upset-filled tournaments in all of esports, with the final itself consisting of two of the biggest underdogs at the $20.7 million event. Both Wings and Digital Chaos’ run to the grand finals was incredible, yet completely opposite.

Wings, who were laughed straight out of the Manila Major in last place, showed little to no difficulty in completely dismantling their opponents throughout the upper bracket; thrashing teams like Digital Chaos, MVP Phoenix, and Evil Geniuses, before once again disposing of Digital Chaos in the grand finals.

The European-American roster, meanwhile, had to suffer their way through the lower bracket, making a tremendous run straight through five teams in their path to the grand final, resulting in Digital Chaos playing the most games throughout the entire tournament. Their run culminated in a victory against last year’s champions Evil Geniuses in the lower bracket finals.

Just one hour after defeating the TI5 champions, Digital Chaos entered the stage alongside Wings, to do battle for the grand total prize of $9.1 million dollars. The biggest prize pool in the history of esports was on the line, and no matter who won, the winner would be a gathering of misfits few experts or fans even considered contenders.

Already in the first game the two teams showed us that they had come prepared for their opponents, with niche picks in Pudge for Wings and a midlane Skywrath mage for Digital Chaos entering the field. The opponents fought constantly, but after neutralizing the threat of Wings’ Pudge, Digital Chaos rolled over their Chinese counterparts and secured the first game of the series.

This had also been the case in their previous encounter in the upper bracket. Wings’ Pudge pick had almost zero effect and saw the game eventually go to the Digital Chaos side. Aside from the games where it was obvious that Wings simply experimented with their drafts, no teams were able to withstand them, and this was what eventually happened in the grand finals.

No matter the draft, Wings seemed to always find a way to make it work. Through incredible itemization and movements in teamfights, the Chinese team took the fight to Digital Chaos. While the North American team didn’t simply roll over in the remaining games, they all seemed to eventually go the way of Wings. It was all over in game four.

Never before has the field been more evenly matched in Dota 2. Heading into the event, one could have easily made the case that Wings were destined to fall short of the grand finals. It would have been the reasonable call to make, given their lacklustre results in the past. But just like Wings own playstyle is seemingly shaped around breaking convention, so too did they shatter the perception surrounding them as they became the International 6 champions and took home a grand total of $9.1 million dollars.

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.