DotA Report - August
Verdict: An extremely busy month in the transfer scene, even by Chinese standards, and catalyst no doubt being the takeover of CCM. In the European scene, one has a sinking suspicion that this is only the tip of the iceberg. It will be interesting to see how the Asian division of MYM perform.
Retirements / Status Unknown:
Kssss from Nv.cn (Retired)
kabu from TyLoo (Retired)
FCB / Crystal from EHOME (Retired)
820 from EHOME (Retired)
The month started off with a bombshell, with Catastrophic Cruel Memories (CCM) being involved in a 6 million dollar takeover acqusition by Invictus Gaming. This sudden and unexpected change became the catalyst behind many other player transfers. The subsequent acqusition of 4 LGD members, everyone bar ZSMJ caused huge waves in the scene, and many teams scrambled to both protect their players and at the same time try to improve their own squads in order to be able to match up to this new and certainly formidable iG organisation. There was a downpour of sympathy for ZSMJ, the lone survivor in LGD, and many were heartened to see his ex-Dream team mates volutarily join him in a new-look LGD side.
Prior to these shocking moves, "The International" and its 1 million dollar prizepool had already been announced, luckily LGD were the only "victims" of this paradigm shift of power in Chinese DotA, but whether these moves affected the players performances are another question altogether.
"The International" gave us a week of calm, as teams put all effort into performing well in the tournament. The moment it ended however, the Chinese were back at it again. TyLoo became the new old LGD side, hit by numerous transfers of its players, when the dust settled, only kabu was left. A new roster was announced, but alas kabu, deeply impacted by changing 7 team members in the mere 5 months he had been at TyLoo decided it was time to hang up his mouse. Another interesting thing to note would be beNz moving 2 times in one month, first to PanDa, then to iG.Y. His transfer caused a certain amount of controversy and again the dark side of Chinese DotA, the poaching of players, reared its ugly head. Team managers clashed and harsh words exchanged.
In the European scene, all seemed quiet. But it was to be the proverbial calm before the storm. The storm came in the form of a category 5 hurricane, as news emerged of the disbandment of long time powerhouses MeetYourMakers. The possible silver lining of this month would be M5's move for PGG and Vigoss. The prospect of seeing the V-God again playing at a high level left many drooling. News then followed of Nordic E-sports Link and CalculuS moving to nevo (as of 7 September under the "Monkey" clan tag), and the subsequent disbandment of NE.
Shortly after, MYM announced the acquisition of Singaporean team Scythe.SG, as well as Malaysian superstar YaMateH. Can this new Asian division of MYM be able to fill the boots of their old Danish counterparts? Only time will tell.
|"The International" took up most of the headlines this month, and rightly so, with a total of 1.6 million dollars being handed out to the top 8 teams. Na`Vi emerged victorious in the end, on the way showing versitile and flawless teamplay, not to mention the aggressive push strats they were already known for. However, things din't seem that rosy for Na`Vi at the start of the month, where they lost in the Winner's Bracket of Farm 4 Fame, then lost again to the same opponents MYM in the Grand Final. |
In China the main event was the World Cyber Games, where we first saw Zhou, 430 and co. first compete under the banner of Invictus Gaming. Alas, they were defeated by TyLoo in a nailbiting struggle that lasted more than 60 minutes. TyLoo made a desperate push for the World Tree and came too close when it fell. We saw Guinsoo being made on a weaver, and a base race ensued. In a close fight, with Zhou still yet to revive, Nerubian Weaver landed the final hit on the World Tree with barely 200 hitpoints and a bounce of Lich's chain frost barely milliseconds away from hitting him. In the bronze medal match, DK beat Nirvana.cn to claim third place.
Back in Europe, in the last offline tournament before Gamescom and The International, we saw Na`Vi sweep aside all competition with ease, and stroll to the finals of ASUS Summer 2011. In the final they met surprise package Next.kz from Kazakhstan, but they met with the same fate that Na`Vi dealt to all of its opponents thus far, and Na`Vi emerge victorious. TR (ex-PGG+4) lost in the bronze medal match to OSI.
Last but not least we come to The International. Early favourites emerged in the form of MYM and Na`Vi. With the chinese scene in so much chaos, many saw this as a chance for European teams to get one over their Chinese couterparts. In the end, it turned out like ASUS, and Na`Vi once again swept aside all competition to take home the one million dolllars. Other teams to menton would be the teams from South East Asia, Scythe from Singapore and MiTH.Trust from Thailand both finished strongly, a far cry from what many people might have expected. Do check out some of our reccommend VODs here.
Season nine of the SuperCup tournaments, that emerged to a backbone of the competitive DotA landscape, will pay out $7,000, which is twice the amount of the last Intel Challenge. Further, the final matches of the tournament between the best four teams, will be held at the Cybersport Arena in Kiev on the 8th and 9th of October.
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