The International Dota 2 Championship is over for the Malaysian team lead by local legend Mushi. Team Fnatic crashed out of the first round by losing their only match in the lower bracket against Virtus.Pro. The Russian team has now ensured themselves a prize payout of at least $216,542; four times more than Fnatic will see.
Dota 2 excitement is hitting fever pitch this week, as the main event of the The International Dota 2 tournament kicks off later tonight. With local broadcaster Astro showing all main event matches, Mineski Events Team has partnered with TGV Cinemas to showcase the Grand Final of TI5 in its cinema halls.
Astro has confirmed that it will be screening The International Dota 2 Championship 2015 (TI5), and this will very likely bring in a large number of viewers who have no idea what’s going on. Fortunately, we are here to provide a short primer on what is going on and who to cheer for.
*Note: experienced Dota 2 can safely bookmark this to share with your friends/parents/relatives/people at the mamak/noobs who ask too many questions in the middle of a match.
When a rumour refuses to die, it usually means there is some truth in them. That appears to be the case with national broadcaster Astro, which for at least a month have been rumoured to be ready to air the upcoming The International Dota 2 tournament for its subscribers. The company has now confirmed that rumour, which will surely delight local eSports fans.
Steam accounts belonging to several prominent streamers were temporarily stolen when attackers discovered a flaw in the gaming platform’s password reset system. There is no telling how many people were affected by the problem, although it has been solved and most of the stolen accounts returned to the rightful owners.
Riot Games and League of Legends appears to want a share of the recent eSports drama. While not nearly as serious as performance enhancing drugs, Team Impulse player Yu “XiaoWeiXiao” Xian has been suspended from the game for selling his services in ELO boosting, i.e. increasing the ranking of other players.
eSports organisation ESL is preparing to implement rules against the consumption of performance enhancing drugs (PED). This comes after an admission from a former Cloud9 player that the team had taken Adderall during a tournament to improve their concentration and performance.
A former member of Cloud9’s Counter Strike: Global Offensive team has admitted to taking performance enhancing drugs during the recent ESL One Katawice event in Poland earlier this year. The candid nature of Kory Friesen’s (playing under the tag SEMPHIS) admission and non-reaction from his interviewer seem to indicate that this is not unusual for the scene; nor is it unexpected information.
Last year, Valve released a rather interesting documentary called Free To Play that take a look at three professional e-sports athletes from different teams, countries, and background with two common similarities: they are Dota 2 players and competing in the first ever The International championship. Interestingly, the documentary is apparently coming to Astro SuperSport really soon.
Razer’s march towards installing its colour changing Chroma technology onto all its peripherals continues with the Razer Tartarus Chroma. The gaming keypad is essentially the same as the non-colour changing version of the peripheral, except it now it gains the ability to switch between 16 million different colours.