Jul 18 2014 - 8:28 pm

Amaz wins rematch against Rdu on way to Shenzhen title

Jason “Amaz” Chan swept his way through the grand finals at IEM Shenzhen to clench a championship victory, but it was his match in the semifinals that made for a much bigger story
Jared Wynne
Dot Esports

Jason “Amaz” Chan swept his way through the grand finals at IEM Shenzhen to clench a championship victory, but it was his match in the semifinals that made for a much bigger story.

The Hearthstone tournament at IEM Shenzhen featured some of the biggest names in the game today, including Chan, Cong “StrifeCro” Shu, Marcin “Gnimsh” Filipowicz, and Dima “Rdu” Radu. Of the four, only Filipowicz failed to advance to the playoff bracket from the group stage.

It was in that playoff bracket that Chan and Radu would meet in the semifinals. This was a rematch from their infamous finals clash at Dreamhack Summer. Radu won that match and the Dreamhack title, but became engulfed in an ensuing controversy following allegations of cheating as a result of other players having messaged Radu through the game’s chat client during the finals.

These messages were caught live on stream and inspired much debate among fans and players. Andrey “Reynad” Yanyuk, who had lost to Radu in the semifinals of that event, was especially vocal in his criticisms. Chan refused to involve himself in the debate, but there could be little doubting that he was eager for a rematch on a similarly big stage.

The match did not disappoint, as Chan and Radu went down to the fifth and final game in their best-of-five series.

Radu stood to win the match with a Grommash card poised to finish off Chan on his next turn. But Chan had fortune on his side, as his Ragnaros card, which randomly dishes out eight damage at the end of each turn, chose to deliver that damage to Radu’s Grommash. This was enough to knock Grommash off the table and keep Chan alive, setting him up for an eventual match victory.

But even after that dramatic win, Chan’s journey still wasn’t complete. Taiwanese player Azeri shocked Shu in the quarter finals with a three-game sweep en route to earning his own spot in the final.

But with his rival Radu already having been beaten, Chan would not be denied. He was able to produce a quick three-game sweep of his own over Azeri to clinch the IEM Shenzhen title and go home several thousand dollars richer.

This is the second consecutive title for Chan, who was also the winner of June’s Millenium Cup, where he beat Aleksander “Kolento” Malsh in the final.

Screengrab via YouTube/ESL

Today - 5:37 pm

CompLexity and Luminosity win 11-game thrillers in Trinity Series debuts

The teams took each other to the limit on day two.
Callum Leslie
Weekend Editor, Dot Esports.
Photo via DreamHack

CompLexity Gaming and Luminosity Gaming came out on top during the second matchday of the ESL Trinity Series Hearthstone league—but both teams were taken to the limit.

Luminosity Gaming, with Keaton "Chakki" Gill and Frank "Fr0zen" Zhang playing from China, claimed a 6-5 win over Team Liquid.

After Liquid left the Shaman of Luminosity unbanned, the only team to do so in the four matches of week one, Luminosity fancied their chances. But that Shaman was ineffectual, knocked out by the Druid of Team Liquid as David "Dog" Caero and his teammates piloted the Druid to three straight game wins.

That left Liquid at 5-3 and match point, but Luminosity were able to win a crucial Druid mirror and go on their own streak to take the comeback win.

In the second match of the day the experienced Cloud9 lineup of James "Firebat" Kostesich, Cong "StrifeCro" Shu, and Andrew "TidesofTime" Biessener nearly pulled off a similar comeback.

Cloud9 and CompLexity Gaming traded games back and forth until CompLexity's Reno Mage, driven by Jan "SuperJJ" Janssen, took three straight wins to put them in the same position at 5-3. TidesofTime attempted to reverse the tide with Reno Warlock and fought back to 5-5, but Cloud9 were forced to use their combo pieces early and CompLexity won the match with a Reno Warlock of their own.

After beating Alliance 6-0 in the first match of the tournament, G2 Esports sit atop the table after the first week of games.

Week two will see Alliance take on CompLexity, Luminosity against Tempo Storm, G2 versus Virtus Pro, and Cloud9 will play Team Liquid.

Jan 19 2017 - 8:01 pm

G2 start Trinity Series with 6-0 Murloc sweep

It was a one-sided start to the hotly-anticipated league.
Callum Leslie
Weekend Editor, Dot Esports.
Photo via Blizzard Entertainment

G2 Esports got their ESL Trinity Series campaign off to a flying start yesterday, beating Alliance in assertive fashion.

Hearthstone's number one team dominated the Swedish Alliance lineup en route to a 6-0 sweep in the opening clash of the team league.

Adrian "Lifecoach" Koy and Dima "Rdu" Radu were able to simply sit back and make enthusiastic murloc noises, as two-time European champion Thijs Molendijk piloted his Anyfin Paladin deck to six straight game wins.

Alliance's all-Swedish lineup of 2015 world champion Sebastian "Ostkaka" Engwall, three-time major winner Jon "Orange" Westberg, and Harald "Powder" Gimre was expected to be a big player in this team league. But the initial loss will be a setback to their title aspirations.

As we know from experience, however, initial losses are no indicator of eventual success. The G2 trio, then known as Nihilum, finished fifth in the regular season of the Archon Team League Championships before going on to win the playoffs.

In the other game of the day, underdogs Tempo Storm emerged victorious against Virtus Pro 6-3. Three game wins with Rogue by David "JustSaiyan" Shan provided an insurmountable advantage for Tempo Storm.

Today's match day will see the other four teams make their debut, as Luminosity Gaming takes on Team Liquid and Cloud9 faces compLexity Gaming.