His Bark is Worse than His Bite: Why did Lycan fare so...

His Bark is Worse than His Bite: Why did Lycan fare so badly at the StarLadder LAN Playoffs?

After the conclusion of the StarSeries Season IX LAN Playoffs, many people have dubbed Team DK the Lycan killers. Despite a 65% winrate in patch 6.80, Lycan was only able to get a single win throughout the Playoffs, with DK being the only team to score a win with the hero. In this feature, Mervyn 'ItchyScratchyBalls' Tan examines the reasons for Lycan's failure. 

DK destroys Empire to earn the gold in Star Series IX

DK destroys Empire to earn the gold in Star Series IX

With a dominant 3-0 performance, the Chinese representative Team DK managed to overpower Empire for a first place finish in Star Series Season IX! With their victory, they secure the $85,000 prize, and Empire will go home with about $38,000.

Ayesee: Please continue to speak your mind

Ayesee: Please continue to speak your mind

Aaron Chamber, also known as Ayesee, is one of the leading casters in Dota 2. He is the official broadcaster for Evil Geniuses and Dota 2 League. GosuGamers had a chance to talk to him about what it's like to be a caster, how he handles criticisms and his own predicitons for the upcoming The International 2014.

StarSeries Season IX LAN Playoffs InfoPack

StarSeries Season IX LAN Playoffs InfoPack

The international qualifiers of StarLadder.tv's StarSeries Season IX have concluded, and the 8 qualified teams will be meeting in Kiev for the LAN playoffs in 24 hours. All you need to know about this event, dubbed the preview to The International, included in this infopack!

Interview with KellyMilkies: Who is Alliance's Manager...

Interview with KellyMilkies: Who is Alliance's Manager and what does she do?

In this interview, we sat down with Kelly 'KellyMilkies' Ong, manager of Alliance's Dota 2, Fifa and Starcraft II divisions. She shares with us her thoughts on being a manager and the role of managing, as well as some thoughts on the Alliance Dota 2 squad, champions of The International 2013. 

Star Series Season IX - East and West in numbers

Star Series Season IX - East and West in numbers

All the regional divisions of Star Series Season IX have concluded, and the teams are all settled for the glorious trip to Kiev. While the players are preparing their luggage and provisions, Drouks will present some of the statistics we gathered from the match samples throughout the season, for each seperate region in Star Series IX

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Video : MLG T.K.O. tournament highlights compilation

DotA 2Video : MLG T.K.O. tournament highlights compilation

The MLG T.K.O. tournament ended last week, with Fnatic earning the first place followed by Team Empire. The online competition was full of action and intense scenes, and the GosuGamers Youtube Crew gathered the best ones in one video for your enjoyment!2

Internal changes in iG  roster

DotA 2Internal changes in iG roster

After the recent fourth place finish in Star Series IX, it seems that Invictus Gaming players have decided to go through some internal modifications in order to improve the team's performance. As of today, ChuaN is now the main carry of iG, while Luo will be supporting.36

Scythe, Titan in best-of-five The Inaugural finals tonight

DotA 2Scythe, Titan in best-of-five The Inaugural finals tonight

Streaking SEA teams Scythe and Titan will be facing off at 18:00 SGT (14:00 CET) tonight in the $3,000 finals of The Inaugural. The winner of the match will be the region's lone representative in The Summit Asia.22

First batch of ESL Asia's national qualifiers over, second batch scheduled this weekend

DotA 2First batch of ESL Asia's national qualifiers over, second batch scheduled this weekend

The first batch of ESL Asia's national qualifiers were held last weekend, with the top two teams for each one advancing into the next stage. Five more national/regional qualifiers, those for Thailand, Indonesia, Korea, Japan and Rest-of-SEA, is scheduled this coming weekend.81

Top tweets of the week - April 22

DotA 2Top tweets of the week - April 22

GosuGamers presents "Top Tweets of the Week", featuring some of the best tweets from professional Dota 2 players and personalities over the week.31

The Summit Asian pre-qualifiers begin

DotA 2The Summit Asian pre-qualifiers begin

The Asian pre-qualifiers for the $50,000 tournament The Summit have just begun, with six teams fighting for three main qualifier slots. They will be joined by four invited Asian teams and the winner of The Inaugural in the battle for a spot in Los Angeles playoffs.27

DK destroys Empire to earn the gold in Star Series IX

DotA 2DK destroys Empire to earn the gold in Star Series IX

With a dominant 3-0 performance, the Chinese representative Team DK managed to overpower Empire for a first place finish in Star Series Season IX! With their victory, they secure the $85,000 prize, and Empire will go home with about $38,000.305

The Inaugural: Scythe, Titan top respective groups, semifinals starting Monday

DotA 2The Inaugural: Scythe, Titan top respective groups, semifinals starting Monday

Scythe and Titan ended up leading their respective groups, earning a slot in the best-of-five main event of The Inaugural. Group runner-ups RRQ and Execration will be joining them in the semifinals, which will start tomorrow at 20:00 SGT (14:00 CET).18

WPC-ACE East: Week 3 Recap

DotA 2WPC-ACE East: Week 3 Recap

Week 3 of the WPC-ACE League has ended, with 9 matches played and Titan almost definitely securing a playoff berth.3

Empire Strikes Down EG 2-1, faces Team DK in Grand Final

DotA 2Empire Strikes Down EG 2-1, faces Team DK in Grand Final

The second round of the loser bracket finals has begun with Team Empire taking on EG to decide who will face Team DK in the grand final. Check in here for live updates of the game! 49

Empire triumphs over iG, to face EG in Loser's Bracket Finals

DotA 2Empire triumphs over iG, to face EG in Loser's Bracket Finals

Team Empire showed a resurgent front, taking the best of three series against Invictus Gaming handily 2-0. They will next meet EG in the loser's bracket finals, and the winner of that match will face DK in a best of five in the Grand Finals of StarSeries Season IX. 27

SLTV Season IX video interviews

DotA 2SLTV Season IX video interviews

We've had the oppurtunity to witness one of the most anticipated and exciting tournaments in the history of Dota 2. Three days into the competition, StarSeries IX has proven to be a well executed global tournament. Whilst the final day will be going live in roughly 3 hours, we've compiled you a list of video interviews to keep you entertained in the meantime.8

DK guaranteed at least second place finish, defeats EG 2-0

DotA 2DK guaranteed at least second place finish, defeats EG 2-0

Team DK is now the only undefeated team in the tournament as they won over previously unbeaten EG with the score of 2-0 in the winner's bracket finals of Starladder Starseries Season IX. They are now guaranteed at least a second-place finish in the tournament.131

Alliance, Natus Vincere eliminated from StarLadder

DotA 2Alliance, Natus Vincere eliminated from StarLadder

The former International and StarLadder champions bow out of the ninth season of StarSeries, with Alliance and Natus Vincere sharing a joint fifth/sixth place finish as both lose their lower bracket matches today.46

StarSeries IX finals: DK and EG qualify for the Winners Bracket finals

DotA 2StarSeries IX finals: DK and EG qualify for the Winners Bracket finals

With two 2-0 matches, EG and DK advanced to the Winners Bracket final. The winner of the best-of-three clash will acquire a guaranteed spot in the Grand Final of Star Series IX, while the defeated will have to survive the Losers Bracket.33

Video interview with VG.Fenrir and VG.Super

DotA 2Video interview with VG.Fenrir and VG.Super

Sgamer caught up with Lu 'Fenrir' Chao and Jun Hao 'Super!' Xie, the two players of ViCi Gaming. They share their thoughts on several subjects, including the current meta game, the international Dota2 competitive scene and the state of Chinese teams.8

iG moves to the Upper Bracket through the Starladder group B tiebreakers

DotA 2iG moves to the Upper Bracket through the Starladder group B tiebreakers

Taking down both Na'Vi and RoX.KIS during the Group B tiebreakers, Invictus Gaming will be moving to the Upper Bracket of Star Series playoffs to face DK. As for the Lower Bracket, Na'Vi will battle MVP.Phoenix, while RoX will take on Team Empire.9

EG conquers StarLadder group B, rest of the group goes to tiebreaker

DotA 2EG conquers StarLadder group B, rest of the group goes to tiebreaker

The last match of the regular group stage is finished, however a threeway tie forces tiebreaker matches to be played. Evil Geniuses conquers group B and will face off versus Alliance tonight, the rest of group B will be settled during the afternoon.28

Star Series IX finals Day One : Evil Geniuses and DK dominate their groups

DotA 2Star Series IX finals Day One : Evil Geniuses and DK dominate their groups

The first day of Star Series IX LAN finals has reached its conclusion, with Team DK and EG topping their respective groups. The games continue tomorrow with the two remaining matches of each group, followed by the opening round of the playoffs.60

DreamLeague week six : Na'Vi and EG tied for fifth place

DotA 2DreamLeague week six : Na'Vi and EG tied for fifth place

With their defeat against Alliance in the opening game of the week, Natus Vincere are tied with Evil Geniuses for the fifth position of the leaderboard. The third place now belongs to Team Dog, due to their victories against Team Liquid and Sigma.6

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His Bark is Worse than His Bite: Why did Lycan fare so badly at the StarLadder LAN Playoffs?

DotA 2His Bark is Worse than His Bite: Why did Lycan fare so badly at the StarLadder LAN Playoffs?

After the conclusion of the StarSeries Season IX LAN Playoffs, many people have dubbed Team DK the Lycan killers. Despite a 65% winrate in patch 6.80, Lycan was only able to get a single win throughout the Playoffs, with DK being the only team to score a win with the hero. In this feature, Mervyn 'ItchyScratchyBalls' Tan examines the reasons for Lycan's failure. 43

Ayesee: Please continue to speak your mind

DotA 2Ayesee: Please continue to speak your mind

Aaron Chamber, also known as Ayesee, is one of the leading casters in Dota 2. He is the official broadcaster for Evil Geniuses and Dota 2 League. GosuGamers had a chance to talk to him about what it's like to be a caster, how he handles criticisms and his own predicitons for the upcoming The International 2014.43

StarSeries Season IX LAN Playoffs InfoPack

DotA 2StarSeries Season IX LAN Playoffs InfoPack

The international qualifiers of StarLadder.tv's StarSeries Season IX have concluded, and the 8 qualified teams will be meeting in Kiev for the LAN playoffs in 24 hours. All you need to know about this event, dubbed the preview to The International, included in this infopack!56

Interview with KellyMilkies: Who is Alliance's Manager and what does she do?

DotA 2Interview with KellyMilkies: Who is Alliance's Manager and what does she do?

In this interview, we sat down with Kelly 'KellyMilkies' Ong, manager of Alliance's Dota 2, Fifa and Starcraft II divisions. She shares with us her thoughts on being a manager and the role of managing, as well as some thoughts on the Alliance Dota 2 squad, champions of The International 2013. 85

Star Series Season IX - East and West in numbers

DotA 2Star Series Season IX - East and West in numbers

All the regional divisions of Star Series Season IX have concluded, and the teams are all settled for the glorious trip to Kiev. While the players are preparing their luggage and provisions, Drouks will present some of the statistics we gathered from the match samples throughout the season, for each seperate region in Star Series IX24

Tides of Change: Dissecting North America’s inconsistency

DotA 2Tides of Change: Dissecting North America’s inconsistency

Change is at the very heart of Dota 2 and dictates the ebb and flow competition. Patches, hero adaptations, and creative strategy are constantly throwing the game into miniature states of flux, and North American teams have struggled because of their inability to adapt. We peer into Dota 2’s ever shifting competitive infrastructure and explore what the North American scene needs to grow – all with insights from EG’s manager Charlie “Monolith” Yang and DotaCinema’s caster Troels “syndereN” Nielsen.37

Gaming Addiction a Mental Disorder?

DotA 2Gaming Addiction a Mental Disorder?

The American Psychiatric Association (APA) adds Internet Gaming Addiction as one of the potential disorders that needs to be treated. And they are hoping for more clinical research to formally include it on the list. Should it be considered as such? Here are some arguments and counter-arguments regarding gaming addiction.51

New heroes on the rise: a look back at the hero trends in March

DotA 2New heroes on the rise: a look back at the hero trends in March

March brought a lot of changes into the table. A number of heroes entered our lists, and some naturally also dropped off. Read on to see which heroes have been played the most, banned the hardest and performed the best.27

The International 4 predictions: Invites and Qualifiers

DotA 2The International 4 predictions: Invites and Qualifiers

With the qualifiers just a mere month away, and The International 4 itself happening in just a little over three months, now is a prime time to speculate which teams will be likely be going into the main event. Check out as Ren, one of our editors, cast out his predictions on the qualifiers and the invites.171

Ars-Art: DOTA is my life, my favorite hobby and work

DotA 2Ars-Art: DOTA is my life, my favorite hobby and work

Sergey 'Ars-Art' Revin has been a household name in the history of competitive DotA. A veteran from the Russian scene, his vast and successful experience includes numerous wins in famous teams such as The Retry, Moscow Five and Natus Vincere. After his departure from the Ukrainian team and with NS stepping up to claim the captain's mantle at Virtus.Pro, the man also known as Smile slotted seamlessly into the VP squad.32

The significance of 'el clásico'

DotA 2The significance of 'el clásico'

Natus Vincere versus Alliance is one of the most anticipated match-ups of modern Dota 2, it is often labelled as "clash of the titans" or “el clásico”. But what affects why a match gets to labelled as such and what importance does the specific match hold for the community? Does it even deserve the title?52

Lance: "I do think there is potential for us (Arrow Gaming)"

DotA 2Lance: "I do think there is potential for us (Arrow Gaming)"

Fua Hsien 'Lance' Wan, Arrow Gaming's main carry, is one of Southeast Asia's rising stars. Check out his thoughts about his gaming career, his team and its changes, and the Southeast Asian region.45

Slark : Another swing for the nerf bat?

DotA 2Slark : Another swing for the nerf bat?

Slark has been a subject of discussion for several versions since its release in DotA2, with the hero being very strong in public games and mediocre in competitive environment. His ultimate was recently reworked, but many believe that it worsened the situation. So what is the answer here? Is Slark too much to handle? 39

Prelude to WPC-ACE: An Interview with Zhicheng 'LaNm' Zhang

DotA 2Prelude to WPC-ACE: An Interview with Zhicheng 'LaNm' Zhang

With the latest edition of the WPC-ACE Championship due to begin in less than two days, GosuGamers managed to sneak an interview with Zhicheng 'LaNm' Zhang, support player of defending champions Team DK, amidst his busy training schedule. 45

Top 4 must-watch e-Sports documentaries

DotA 2Top 4 must-watch e-Sports documentaries

Following the release of Valve's highly anticipated film Free-To-Play, the community has seen a surge of interest in films related to Esports and so here is a list of the Top 4 e-Sports documentaries already released, that every player should watch.16

Mineski.Jay: A team must be stable and united

DotA 2Mineski.Jay: A team must be stable and united

With Team Gigabyte-Mineski's volatile situation in the competitive scene, Mineski's team captain, Ray Jay 'Jay' Qui shares his thoughts about the state of their team's roster changes and about the experiences with their on-going training in Malaysia.190

Ten videos that will keep you hyped up until TI4

DotA 2Ten videos that will keep you hyped up until TI4

Youtube is a treasure vault full of amazing DotA movies, with many talented creators putting their heart and determination to create optical masterpieces for our amusement. These are ten of my favorite DotA and DotA2 movies that should keep you excited for what's coming in 2014.35

From DotA to The International 1: The Long Road

DotA 2From DotA to The International 1: The Long Road

With the unconfirmed news about The International 4 looming ahead in July, it is time to review its past. Having our humble beginnings in the Dota 2 scene nearly four years ago, it is amazing how far the game has developed, as well as the community since then. This article will be split into two parts: The development of Dota 2 and The International 2011, with the former being the main focus.10

Draft Analysis - Monster Invitational Final Game 5

DotA 2Draft Analysis - Monster Invitational Final Game 5

The current meta is one of the most flexible we have ever witnessed in DotA2, with every hero being strong with proper execution and a suitable line-up. During the grand finals of Monster Energy Invitational, we were able to witness the true beauty of this fact, with Evil Geniuses using a very innovative strategy to take down Cloud9. 9

Top tweets of the week: March 3 - March 14

DotA 2Top tweets of the week: March 3 - March 14

GosuGamers presents "Top Tweets of the Week", featuring some of the best tweets from professional Dota 2 players and personalities over the week.16