Team ARETE brought home its first World of Tanks tournament win with prize money of US$60,000, as well as the title of being the best team after winning all their matches in the first season of the Wargaming.net League APAC (WGL APAC). Multinational Team Efficiency took second place, earning US$20,000 in the process.
The main event of The International Dota 2 Championship 2014 ended with Chinese team NewBee securing a 3 – 1 win over compatriots ViCi Gaming. NewBee’s aggressive strategy during the main event paid off greatly as they managed to dismantle the opposition with less effort after each round; a feat that cumulated in a 15 minute romp to victory.
The International Dota 2 Championship 2014 concludes tonight with two Chinese teams vying for the US$5 million grand prize. Both ViCi and NewBee have already clashed during the first round of the main event in the winners bracket, with the outcome favouring the dream team line up that is NewBee. ViCi managed to stage an impressive comeback from the loss and carve a path the grand finals through the lower bracket.
Valve’s The International Dota 2 Championship, often abbreviated to TI4, is continuing to drive eSports to the same recognition as other sporting events. The company has now announced that the main event for TI4 will be streamed live on ESPN, with a special preview show scheduled to be broadcast before the finals.
Gaming peripheral maker SteelSeries has announced the existence of a Dota 2 themed variant of the Rival Gaming Mouse. The new optical mouse is being showcased at The International Dota 2 Championship currently going on in Washington, USA. Aside from the new skin, the Dota 2 Rival will come with an exclusive in-game item: Hell’s Glare for Doom.
Chinese team NewBee were on fire during the final phase three qualifying matches. The team stomped to the top of the winners bracket of the main event with convincing wins over Titan eSport, Na’ Vi, and 2012 champions Invictus Gaming (iG). Despite losing some ground during the early stages of the phase two qualifiers, NewBee have finally settled and are now living up to their ‘dream team’ moniker.
eSports are currently all the rage. Both The International Dota 2 Championship and the Evolution Championship Series (EVO) ran over the weekend, and more sponsors are being drawn in with the substantial prize pools and media attention. The latest of which would appear to be pornography streaming site Youporn.
Razer has revealed an update to the Atrox Arcade Stick over the weekend at international fighting game tournament EVO 2014. This new Atrox is designed for the Xbox One, and features some improvements suggested by fighting game atheletes. It isn’t available yet, but interested parties will be able register their interest for it at the Razer website now.
Phase two of the playoff round concluded over the weekend with mixed fortunes for the Malaysian representatives. There were few surprises as to which teams qualified for the phase three playoff. ViCi and Evil Geniuses ended the weekend with 12 and 11 wins respectively, allowing them to top the table and immediately qualify for the main event that begins on 18 July. Arrow Gaming failed to lift themselves off the bottom of the pack, going as far as failing to beat any team since last Thursday.
The third day of TI4 has ended with Arrow Gaming still firmly at the bottom of the table, while Team Liquid’s early charge to the top ran into some trouble. Each team has played at least eight games at this point, and the fatigue should beginning to set in to affect the capabilities of the players. The First day leaders Cloud9 lost three matches in a row to drop out of the top two, surrendering the lead to ViCi Gaming.
The final 16 teams to compete for The International Dota 2 Championship 2014 has been decided after Team Liquid emerged victorious from the Phase One playoffs. The American team overcame both CIS Game from China in the first round of the playoff and Korean team MVP Phoenix to earn the right to compete with the other 15 teams for the chance to win the US$4.85 million grand prize.
Fighting games are genuinely one of the hardest games to get into. The number of combos and moves to be remembered generally puts off the more casual player; not to mention the almost incomprehensible jargon that goes around the fighting game scene. Author Patrick Miller of Shoryuken.com has set out to make the genre more accessible to newcomers by releasing a free ebook titled “From masher to master: the educated Video Game enthusiast’s Fighting Game Primer”.