Preview: GoDz and MrBlue talk GEST March
Your loyal companion this weekend will be GosuGamers' broadcaster and event international show host David "GoDz" Parker, our guide who will take you through yet another edition of the Gigabyte eSports Tournament. Find out what he along with joinDOTA's Terrence "MrBlue" Wong has to say about the sixteen teams who will be playing their group stage matches on Saturday, now with most of them meeting again for the second time.
David "GoDz" Parker is the broadcaster for the GIGABYTE E-Sport Tournament as well as one of the fire souls of GosuGamers broadcasting team.
Terrence "MrBlue" is a former GosuGamers editor with big insights in the Southeast Asia scene. Nowadays he is writing for joinDOTA.com.
"This group has has two clear contendors for the playoff spot for me: Neolution and Skynet. As much as I'd love to see a darkhorse in this tournament I don't think it will come from this group. Invasion Red walked away with 1 win vs iDeal last tournament, and eNcy only managed a draw vs AEON. I think the two teams can only hope to get some points when vs'ing each other. As for the big boys, well I don't see SkyNet winning both games in the bo2.
It will come down to whether or not Neolution can win on the SkyNet "home server" as to whether they walk away with the win or get forced into a tie-breaker match. Neolution to take the group!"
"There are three unfortunate teams in this group. Between them, 6 games where they will feel what appears to be an unstoppable force. Fifteen grown (or maybe not-so-grown men) who may crawl away in tears at the end of the day. Mineski Dota have proven to be the best. They are the returning champions; they do it in DotA; they do it in Dota 2; can anyone stop them? I don't think it's in this group.
G7 proved to be one of the stronger underdogs, I predict they'll finish second behind Mineski, with Ritter then iDeal who struggled last tournament to follow."
"Umm... WHAT!?! This group is insane. Group of Death is an understatement. No other group even comes close to what is seen here. Velocy came so close to upsetting Mineski in the Group-deciding match last GEST. Orange are Orange. Even if they didn't qualify to the playoffs last tournament, this is Mushi and Yamateh we're talking about. Not to mention the fact I almost just listed off their whole team.
MitH.Trust are the definition of consistency at a top level, never underperforming, and Execration one of the serious underdogs. Should I hazard a guess? I guess I have to. Orange, then Velocy, then MitH.Trust, then Execration. But really, I expect a close race with many draws and many tie-break games to follow."
"The "fan favorite" group maybe - we see the runner-up from last month, StarsBoba, looking to continue their success, but two of the strongest Filipino teams stand in their way. Revitalize are a new addition but have had strong results in the past, defeating Mineski in local tournaments. A feat that has also been done by iZone as well. The amount of depth in this country is amazing and second only to the Chinese DotA scene in my eyes. RedSpade seem a little out of their depth but may be able to pull an upset here or there but I don't see them winning the group.
I'm predicting iZone to win the group, followed by StarsBoba/Revitalize. There definitely will be some epic games here."