Friday, August 10, 2012

DotA News 8/10/12

DK goes for G-League Grandslam against iG on Season 1 Finals
by Ren "Pacific.Ren" Vitug

After an intense Season, we will see back-to-back Champion DK go for their Third Consecutive G-League Title as they face iG this coming August 12, 2012 (12 CET). 

iG entered the Finals by defeating Group B leader and last season’s finalist LGD 3-0. And despite narrowly winning their Semi-final match against For.Love, DK is still considered as the strong favorite heading into the match. After all, they have defeated iG 2-0 on the Group Stages. This time though, they will be having a best-of-5 match to determine the winner of G-League 2012’s First Season. 

Dota will have the lion’s share of the price pool of China’s first e-Sports TV league, where the Champion will receive 200,000 RMD (~$31,500), while the runner-up will receive 50,000 RMD (~$7,900).

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Stream links can be found on the Gosubet page.

Links: - Official Site
GosuGamers - G-League '12 Announcement
GosuGamers - Gosubet

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

DotA 2 News 8/8/2012

Asia's elite teams to fight for $500 in Razer Mini Madness
by Chirag "crashlite" Samtani

The creators of It's Gosu Monthly Madness presents another DotA 2 tournament dubbed the Razer's Mini Madness. The event will feature eight of Asia's most exceptional teams which includes EHOME, LGD, DK, Orange, and others for a cash prize of $500 USD.

The teams will compete in a best of three series. However, the grand finale will be contested in a monumental best of five series. All the eight teams will battle out for five days, starting from the 12th of August to the 16th of August. Six out of the eight teams will be competing in the International at Seattle.

Here's a closer look at the participating teams:

The Dynamic Unit - One of the most dynamic forces in DotA 2 scene today, EHOME will definitely be a force to be reckoned with. By already conquering over Absolute Legends, and Complexity Gaming at Beyond the Summit, EHOME has maintained a strong performance. Although they suffered several losses to Chinese teams: iG and LGD, EHOME should still be looked out.

LGD Gaming
The Powerhouse - The runner-up of It's Gosu Monthly Madness Asia, LGD looks to finish what they started in Razer's Mini Madness. Suffering a 3-0 loss to Zenith in the IGMMA finals will definitely ignite LGD's enthusiasm to win this one. The powerhouse who recently won against Absolute Legends at Beyond the Summit will look only at being the champions of this tournament.

Team DK
Team Recovery - Yet another strong Chinese team will contend for the $500 USD cash prize. Team DK who has a strong line-up has had numerous wins up their sleeve, by already beating Asian teams MUFC and iG at Beyond the Summit. However, after falling short against MUFC at It's Gosu Monthly Madness Asia, will DK be able to bounce back?

Chinese Corroborators - The last of all Chinese teams participating, the winners of the East qualifiers for the International, TongFu enters this tournament as well. TongFu's run has not been very great, as they only recently picked up a win against Darer. However, still being fairly new to the DotA 2 scene, TongFu has a chance to prove themselves as a wild contender for the $500 USD cash prize.

The Darkhorse - The Malaysian participants, MUFC has a lot to prove in this tournament. Entering as a darkhorse, MUFC has had a decent amount of wins and losses. They were recently successful against DK, but not against German team, mousesports. Will this be time where MUFC proves their validity in the upcoming grand tournament, The International?

Diamond in the Rough - The next Malaysian team participating Orange eSports who's definitely not had a great run as of late. They endured losses from top teams such as mousesports, CLG, and iG. Although being unable to march against them, coming into the tournament as an underdog is always something to look forward to. Orange has all the tools to succeed in this tournament, but the question is will they be able march to victory?

Mineski HyperX
Familiar but Deadly - Certainly a familiar team name, Mineski HyperX team will be the only Philippian team to participate in this tournament. Mineski HyperX has not had much notoriety in the DotA 2 scene. After having Mineski PowerColor stand-in for them, Mineski will take their place as the organization's main team, and hopefully pull off an upset.


Singaporean Wildcard - Last but not least, the only team to be representing Singapore is Harrosh. A lackluster performance by Harrosh in It's Gosu Monthly Madness Asia really makes Harrosh a wildcard in this tournament. Being quite new to the scene, Harrosh will need to establish themselves in this tournament to be deliberated as a top contender in the South East Asian scene.

For LGD, DK, EHOME, TongFu, Orange, and MUFC. This tournament will be a tutelage, and an opportunity for them to intimidate their fellow opponents. Likewise, for Harrosh and Mineski HyperX, their rise to stardom may be followed up by a win from this tournament. So don't miss the action on the 12th of August onward.

You can catch the matches on where the casters: Andrew 'Zyori' Campbell and Jarrett 'Kawa' Robinson will be bringing you in all the updates for this tournament.

Source: It's Gosu

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Diablo 3 News 8/7/2012

Character profiles now available
by Markus "pyr" Sjoland

View your heroes' gear, stats, and skills. How high have you raised your characters' attributes?

Blizzard explains:

Yup, they're ready.
All you need to do is log in with your account (look for the log in box in the upper-right hand corner of your screen) to access character profiles from any page on the Diablo III community site. Profiles give you the power to:
  • View your heroes' gear, stats, and skills. How high have you raised you characters' attributes? What are they wielding in each slot? What are their most prominent gear bonuses? What skills comprise their current build? Nuance awaits you in the Heroes tab.
  • Track your game progress. How many acts have you cleared? What bosses have you shredded in each difficulty? How far have you leveled up your hardcore and normal artisans? Find out in the Career tab. You can also check your play time (by class) throughout your entire Diablo III career, and learn how many monsters and elites you've slain.
  • Share with your friends. The Friends tab lets you check out your BattleTag friends' characters, so that you can quickly compare notes on gear, skill and rune choices, and everything in between. You can also click on a BattleTag in the Diablo III forums to go directly to that player's profile.
We like that profiles provide for easy sharing, comparing, and refining of your heroes as you pursue monster-slaying mastery. In fact, we like profiles so much that we plan to add even more functionality to them as Diablo III evolves, including detailed statistics and tabs for achievements and artisans.
If there is something else you'd like to see appear in a character profile, please make sure to let us know in the comments below or on our website forums.
Happy Clicking!
~Blizzard Web Team


Dota 2 News 8/7/2012

VIDEO: EG Discuss TI2 and Bootcamp Development
by Chirag "crashlite" Samtani

Evil Geniuses, one of the contenders for the The International presents a video all the way from their bootcamp location in Denmark. Maelk, Universe, and Fear are all interviewed by Demon as they speak out regarding their progress in their preparation for The International, and also discusses about the tournament itself.

It's 5 am in the morning, and it was the conclusion of Evil Geniuses' day of bootcamping at Denmark. As they walk from their net-cafe to their accommodating location at Rye's apartment, Demon pulls out some questions to ask his fellow team-mates.

One in particular is when Demon asked Maelk on how the bootcamp is progressing so far, Maelk replied:

"It has ups and it has it's downs... In comparison to the Dreamhack bootcamp, it's going rather fine."

The Evil Geniuses members also jokingly talked about complexity Gaming, and POTM Bottom, as well as a playful riff on predictions if the International 2 were to happen tomorrow.

Source: DotaDemonTV