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Team Liquid are your TI7 Champions!

Liquid are doing it! The iconic line when they beat LGD in TI3. It has been repeated again and again in The International as Team Liquid made their way through a lower bracket, after a surprising upset from IG in their very first main stage series. Liquid had a mountain to climb – two of the strongest Chinese teams in LFY and Newbee, in...

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The International 2017 Main Stage Day 5: Top 3, and Hero Reveals

Team Liquid remains the only non-Chinese team in The International, and must fight a difficult 3 games to win The International. Meanwhile Newbee and LFY sit at the top, fighting to secure a Grand Finals appearance. LGD vs IG Result: 2-0 (Winner: LGD) One of the fastest Best of 3’s, and possibly the quickest series this TI, LGD took a total...

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The International 2017 Main Stage Day 4: The Lower Brackets

Day 4 features three elimination matches in the Lower Brackets, all Best of 3s. Fan favorites Team Liquid and OG both seek to avoid elimination. Team Liquid vs Team Empire Result: 2-0 (Winner: Team Liquid) Team Liquid caught on Resolut1on’s Sven, which was very key in Empire’s victory against EG. Team Liquid was able to beat out the...

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The International 2017 Main Stage Day 3: Deja Vu

It’s halfway through The International and we’re looking at a clearer picture – Chinese teams are doing fantastic. However, Day 3’s matches showcase a rerun of last year’s Lower Bracket matches – TNC vs OG, and DC vs LGD. TNC vs OG Result: 0-2 (Winner: OG) Last year, OG’s surprising early exit was caused...

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The International 2017 Main Stage Day 2: Heartbreak

A day of heartbreaking games. Day 2 finishes off the two other Upper Bracket series, and two elimination Lower Bracket series. LFY vs TNC Result: 2-0 (Winner: LFY) LFY’s win comes with no surprise, finishing with a group stage best record of 14-2 after getting through the Chinese qualifiers. Showing extremely well coordinated teamfighting,...

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The International 2017 Main Stage Day 1: China Rising

Warning: Spoilers for TI ahead. We’ll be recapping at the end of every day of TI. Team Liquid vs IG Result 1:2 (Winner: IG) Team Liquid came into TI strong off a win at Epicenter 2017, commanding the top seed in Group A, and quickly becoming one of the favorites to win. However, IG showed up with better execution, dismantling Team Liquid...

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The International Battle Pass 2017

$20,770,460. Twenty million. Dota’s The International always breaks the record for the largest prize pool for any esports competition – specifically its own record. This is achieved through the support of millions of fans across the world through in-game purchases related to the event, and this year’s slew of loot and perks from...

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Dota 2 Matchmaking Update

Valve has come bearing great news for ranked Dota games. Many players have expressed frustration with matchmaking – getting smurfs, toxic teammates, getting premade groups in your team and/or the enemy team even in┬ásolo queue. Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (CS:GO) was the first to introduce Prime Matchmaking, which involved a separate...

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[Patch] DotA 7.04 Patch Notes and Quick Take

Another patch for balance tweaks. They’ve nerfed Abaddon a little since he’s been doing so well in pubs. Magnus has been hit too as he’s been starting to become a power pick. I’m personally really happy with the Puck buffs as he’s not been doing well lately, statistically.

Keep an eye on the following heroes: Bristleback, Broodmother, Lycan, and Puck as they’ve been tweaked lately.

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DotA 7.02 Patch Notes and Quick Analysis

TL;DR Talent tree tweaks across the board.. XP gain talents generally increased, and some Talents were rearranged. Luna and Monkey King nerfed. I’ve put some talents in BOLD that I thought may be interesting. What I’m excited about is the Fog of War simulator. Most would learn how to figure out what certain wards see, with some set...

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2017 Lunar New Year Events

Happy Lunar New Year! With every New Lunar Calendar Year, games celebrate their Asian fanbase with events and limited items related to the occasion. Here’s a quick rundown of the events you won’t want to miss due to the limited items: Overwatch January 24 – February 13, 2017 Overwatch’s limited events are one of the best,...

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ESL One Genting – Picks and Bans

ESL One Genting is the first major tournament in patch 7.00 and beyond, and this is the first time we’re seeing the top tier teams play this patch. Since the patch is new, the meta is arguably nowhere close to being solved, which can be seen in the varying styles the teams are trying out. Something very apparent though – the game is...

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