DotA Report - September
A hectic month in terms of competitions, but fortunately a quiet month in terms of transfers. Chinese competitions came thick and fast, whilst major European competitions, as well as GosuGamers very own GosuCup, entered theirs final stages.
Another exciting development was Valve lifting the Non-Disclosure Agreement, which meant that the public were finally able to see some Dota 2 action. With so many beta keys up for grabs, look out for the many ways to obtain one at the end of the feature.
|Overview of Teams|
Yao / xiao_D
TGX 2011 was the first LAN tournament for the month, held in Singapore. Mineski Infinity dominated the tournament, not losing a single game on their way to the title. TGX also saw the debut of new Malaysian team Orange-Esports, with the likes of Mushi in their roster, but the were powerless to halt MI's march to the title, coming in a respectable 2nd place. Fellow Malaysian team MUFC took 3rd.
In Europe, Na`Vi again made the headlines with their ruthless demolition of teams in the TechLabs Cup on LAN in Kiev, Ukraine. Russian player ARS-ART proved to be a more than capable stand-in for captain Artstyle and Na`Vi romped to victory, arguably only experiencing slight difficulties against the Russian side M5. Former Na`Vi player Amsi and his team rounds up the podium finishers. Quite a number of Chinese tournaments were announced and concluded this month, including ACG China Qualifiers as well as the Wuxi International e-Sports Cup. A revitalised DK side swept away all competition to take the championship in both competitions, with LongDD taking a starring role. It will be interesting to see their future performances in the numerous upcoming competitions in China, but many are already deeming their recent performances as their best ever in a DK shirt.
Tournaments in Progress / to come
|Together with G-League, ESTC will be one of the major events in October. G-League, with its $30,000 prize pool is what many Chinese teams aim for and is one of the most lucrative events in the Chinese Calender. ESTC, often over-shadowed by SMM as the premier South-east Asian DotA tournament, is no less prestigious. This year's event, unlike the last, will unfortunately not involve the Chinese teams, but it will surely be one to look for, especially with the debut of the new MYM.SG. Interesting to note is the fact that ESWC has converted its DotA event into a Dota 2 event, leading some to question the wisdom of this decision. Still, with top names participating, only time will tell whether the tournament will be a success. Last but not least, GosuGamers very own GosuCup will continue with its group stages.|
|GosuGamers||Facebook Giveaway||Closed, winners being chosen|
|GosuGamers||Techies Lasthitting Contest||Concluded, 7 winners|
|GosuGamers||Dota Talk Logo||Closed, winners being chosen|
|GosuGamers||1 on 1 Cup EU||Closed, 2 winners|
|GosuGamers||DotA Punting 1||Closed, 1 winner|
|GosuGamers||1 on 1 Cup EU #2||Open, sign up here|
|GosuGamers||1 on 1 Cup Asia||Open, sign up here|
|joinDotA||Giveaway||Winner chosen daily|
|Dota Commentaries||5 on 5||Open, sign up here|
|MUFC DotA||Facebook naming||In Progress, check progress here|
|SGamer||Variety of Contests, 6 keys up for grabs||In Progress, more information here|