The DotA phenomenon: More than a game, more than an eSport

The DotA phenomenon: More than a game, more than an eSport

In the rise of DotA 2 and the MOBA genre at large, the record breaking TI4 was a landmark in eSports, but it is really just the beginning. 

GIVEAWAY: Comment your way to 100 rares

GIVEAWAY: Comment your way to 100 rares

We at GosuGamers currently have more rares than our backpacks can carry. As a result, we will be giving a total of 500 rares away this week. Anyone who posts a comment in any Dota 2 news published from today until the end of Friday will have a shot at winning.

EG take down C9 in two consecutive matches to finish...

EG take down C9 in two consecutive matches to finish first in WEC LAN finals

The Grand Final of WEC is now over, with Evil Geniuses taking down Cloud9 with a total score of 4-1 to earn the first place in the tournament. With their victory, they earn the $97,600 first place prize, while C9 will have to return home with $32,500.

EternaLEnVy: 'Everytime I come to China, something...

EternaLEnVy: 'Everytime I come to China, something terrible happens'

Cloud9 have performed admirably at the WEC thus far, with a straight run of wins over LGD, Na`Vi, and now VG to secure themselves a spot in the Grand Finals, and a guaranteed 2nd place at least. We sat down with Jacky 'EternaLEnVy' Mao after their winner's bracket finals victory to find out his thoughts about the scene post-TI4. 

Interview: VG.Black^ - 'iceiceice vouched for me'

Interview: VG.Black^ - 'iceiceice vouched for me'

After a comfortable win against EG at WEC, Black^, the new recruit of Vici Gaming talks to us about his new team, chinese scene and his future plans.

EG.Arteezy: 'As always, we have a lot to work on'

EG.Arteezy: 'As always, we have a lot to work on'

Fresh from the loss against Vici, Arteezy talks about the games, the time in China so far, about the TI4 depression and how PPD is the dad of the team.

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Cloud9 overpower Team Tinker to win NVIDIA Game24 Invitational

DotA 2Cloud9 overpower Team Tinker to win NVIDIA Game24 Invitational

The 24-hour marathon tournament NVIDIA Game24 Invitational is now over, and Cloud9 managed to claim the first place and $7000. After their 3-1 defeat in the finals, Team Tinker will have to settle for $4000, while both EG and Alliance will go home with $2000.4

Dota Pit League announces season 2 with at least $75,000 up for grabs

DotA 2Dota Pit League announces season 2 with at least $75,000 up for grabs

A few months after their first season, Dota Pit announces a much bigger season 2. 16 teams from the West will compete over the course of five weeks for at least $75,000. A ticket bundled with a Lich set will be up for purchase to increase the prize pool even further. 8

Brackets released for i-League LAN finals

DotA 2Brackets released for i-League LAN finals

The brackets of the i-League LAN finals have been announced, with five Chinese and three foreign teams battling it out for over $300,000. The tournament will feature Tongfu's OldBoys and DK's new squad in their first ever LAN event since the rosters' launch.15

Four teams remaining in Sina Cup #5, final matches this weekend

DotA 2Four teams remaining in Sina Cup #5, final matches this weekend

The fifth version of Sina Cup is about to conclude, with only three matches left until the winner is declared. LGD.CDEC, LAI and iG are the three challengers from the Lower Bracket that will attempt to reach the Grand Finals and the first finalist ViCi Gaming.7

$15,000 NVidia Game24 Invitational set to begin in a few hours

DotA 2$15,000 NVidia Game24 Invitational set to begin in a few hours

In coordination with NVidia's "24-hour celebration of PC gaming," an all best-of-five invitational is set to begin in a few hours, with four of the west's top teams battling it out for a $15,000 prize pool.25

Announcement - Interest rate on items stored at GosuGamers

DotA 2Announcement - Interest rate on items stored at GosuGamers

Starting October 1st, GosuGamers will collect daily interest for users storing over 100 rares or keys at our platform. 33

Virtus.Pro acquires NVMI - VP.Polar formed

DotA 2Virtus.Pro acquires NVMI - VP.Polar formed

NVMI - a team that has been making waves in the scene lately with their strong performances and good run of form have been picked up by Virtus.Pro to form the second Dota team on VP's roster named VP.Polar.28

WCA announces groups and match-ups for Dota 2 and HS

DotA 2WCA announces groups and match-ups for Dota 2 and HS

Starting on October 2nd, top teams and players from around the world will once more assemble in China to compete for over $600,000 in Dota 2 and Hearthstone combined. Today, the organizers announced the match-ups and grups for both titles.19

ESL NY - Casters, analysts and hosts revealed

DotA 2ESL NY - Casters, analysts and hosts revealed

A recent update on the ESL One New York's Facebook page has revealed details on which DotA 2 personalities were selected to host and cast the tournament's main event.41

Vici Gaming wipe Newbee to qualify for ESL One

DotA 2Vici Gaming wipe Newbee to qualify for ESL One

In the best of five final for the ESL One Chinese qualifiers VG took a 3-0 victory over reigning international champions Newbee to secure their place at the LAN final.28

Brasil Game Show to Host Dota 2 Tournament

DotA 2Brasil Game Show to Host Dota 2 Tournament

In what might be the first major tournament for the region, Brasil Game Show has decided to host a $25,000 Dota 2 tournament for Latin American teams this October.21

World Cyber Arena - Invitation Only LAN Finals Information

DotA 2World Cyber Arena - Invitation Only LAN Finals Information

Organizers for the World Cyber Arena have released information on a LAN Final in Yinchuan, China where four Chinese and four foreign teams will compete for ~$470,000 starting October 2nd to October 5th.56

ESL One NYC : An update on Eastern and Western qualifiers

DotA 2ESL One NYC : An update on Eastern and Western qualifiers

The offline finals of ESL One New York are getting closer, and only a few challengers remain in the race for the precious tickets to Madison Square Garden. One Chinese, four European and three American teams will have the chance to compete for the $100,000+ prize pool.29

Canada Cup Season 3 - Not Today, Thundercats, and SNA emerge undefeated

DotA 2Canada Cup Season 3 - Not Today, Thundercats, and SNA emerge undefeated

After almost a week of matches, the group stages of the third season of the Canada Cup are now over, and teams Thundercats, Sneaky Nyx Assassins, and Not Today have emerged undefeated from their respective groups.8

GDC 2015 welcomes eSports

DotA 2GDC 2015 welcomes eSports

Next year's edition of the Game Developer's Conference will feature two new "summits", among which eSports and Community Management. The conference itself is set for the first days of March 2015.15

StarLadder X - Team Tinker, Na'Vi and Secret Team tied for first place

DotA 2StarLadder X - Team Tinker, Na'Vi and Secret Team tied for first place

Almost one month in to StarLadder X, and Natus Vincere, Secret Team and Team Tinker are all topping the European leaderboard with a 7-1 score. However, the high amount of remaining games still makes it difficult to make predictions about the final four.33

Excellent Moscow Cup #2 - Fnatic and NVMI on top of European leaderboard

DotA 2Excellent Moscow Cup #2 - Fnatic and NVMI on top of European leaderboard

Almost 20 days have passed since the beginning of the European division of Excellent Moscow Cup #2, and almost half the matches of the season have already been played. The first place currently belongs to Fnatic, followed by NVMI and Empire.11

China will not participate in the Dota2 Champions League

DotA 2China will not participate in the Dota2 Champions League

In a sad turn of events, the Chinese teams will not be allowed to compete in the D2CL due to conflicting events. 38

NVMI defeats Na'Vi 2-0 in Game Show finals

DotA 2NVMI defeats Na'Vi 2-0 in Game Show finals

In the finals of the Game Show tournament at DreamHack Moscow, the recently formed team around Goblak and DKphobos has taken down Ukrainian powerhouse Natus Vincere. NVMI has shown that they are here to stay.37

StarLadder announces season 11 and 2015 schedule

DotA 2StarLadder announces season 11 and 2015 schedule

The anniversary season of StarLadder is still ongoing and the organizers have already announced five new seasons. With season 11 starting this year, 2015 will see another four seasons of StarLadder StarSeries.24

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The DotA phenomenon: More than a game, more than an eSport

DotA 2The DotA phenomenon: More than a game, more than an eSport

In the rise of DotA 2 and the MOBA genre at large, the record breaking TI4 was a landmark in eSports, but it is really just the beginning. 799

EternaLEnVy: 'Everytime I come to China, something terrible happens'

DotA 2EternaLEnVy: 'Everytime I come to China, something terrible happens'

Cloud9 have performed admirably at the WEC thus far, with a straight run of wins over LGD, Na`Vi, and now VG to secure themselves a spot in the Grand Finals, and a guaranteed 2nd place at least. We sat down with Jacky 'EternaLEnVy' Mao after their winner's bracket finals victory to find out his thoughts about the scene post-TI4. 118

Interview: VG.Black^ - 'iceiceice vouched for me'

DotA 2Interview: VG.Black^ - 'iceiceice vouched for me'

After a comfortable win against EG at WEC, Black^, the new recruit of Vici Gaming talks to us about his new team, chinese scene and his future plans.76

EG.Arteezy: 'As always, we have a lot to work on'

DotA 2EG.Arteezy: 'As always, we have a lot to work on'

Fresh from the loss against Vici, Arteezy talks about the games, the time in China so far, about the TI4 depression and how PPD is the dad of the team.73

WEC Preview: The First LAN Since The International 2014

DotA 2WEC Preview: The First LAN Since The International 2014

It has only been slightly more than a month since The International 2014 ended, and we already have our first major LAN final to be played. With all the roster changes almost confirmed by now, this tournament will feature some of the top 8 teams across the globe vying to see who is the best in the immediate post-transfer period. 26

The Dota 2 ACE Alliance: Corruption and Corporatism

DotA 2The Dota 2 ACE Alliance: Corruption and Corporatism

The ACE Alliance is slowly grinding to a halt in China. In this editorial, Mervyn 'ISB' Tan exposes some of its critical failures in its governing of eSports in China. 36

DotA 2Interview with Lorin 'Alystair' Halpert - Barcraft Co-Founder & TI4 Signature Guy

Lorin ‘Alystair’ Halpert is one of the many faceless community members in eSports, and he has a long history of being involved in bringing eSports closer to the general public, primarily in the form of Barcraft, of which he is a co-founder. More recently, he has been involved in the Dota 2 scene, bringing all the physical autographs of players and production crew into the game. 4

The Volunteer Business, Part Three

DotA 2The Volunteer Business, Part Three

The Volunteer Business returns with another look into the news scene. This time we talk to Patrik 'Raistlin' Hellstrand, longtime eSports journalist and former Head Administrator of GosuGamers. 12

The International: The evolution of Pubstomps

DotA 2The International: The evolution of Pubstomps

For those that could not attend The International 4 in Seattle, some of us settled for next best - locally held Pubstomps in the area. Our editor, Frederick 'winterequinox007' Benjamin examines a few pubstomps in different locations around the world: Singapore, Canada, and Australia.15

MVP.March: 'We were rooting for Team Liquid since they beat us'

DotA 2MVP.March: 'We were rooting for Team Liquid since they beat us'

GosuGamers caught up with MVP.Phoenix's captain, Taewon 'March' Park, in a candid interview where he talks about his journey at The International 2014, how he thought the team would fare, and about the team's future. Read on as March touches on topics related to DK, Alliance and TI4 overall.13

The International 2014: All you need to know about the main event

DotA 2The International 2014: All you need to know about the main event

The playoff phase for The International Dota 2 Championships 2014 has ended with eight teams making the final cut into the main event at Key Arena, Seattle. Today, we take a look at the remaining teams who will fight for the biggest chunk of prize money an eSports event of such magnitude has ever seen.28

Pick and ban analysis of the 8 remaining TI4 teams

DotA 2Pick and ban analysis of the 8 remaining TI4 teams

With the brackets decided for the TI4 main event, the eight teams that came out on top in the group stage and bubble brackets will face up to contest the biggest DotA prize pool yet. Let’s take a look at the hero picks and bans that got them this far and what we can expect in Key Arena.33

A compilation of the best moments of the best groupstage of the best event

DotA 2A compilation of the best moments of the best groupstage of the best event

After five days of intense action, the TI4 playoffs have just concluded. Eight teams are currently planning where to spend their minimum $500,000, while the rest will have to figure out what went wrong with their strategies. The three playoff stages were full of interesting moments, providing enough entertainment for the whole family. This is a list of some of our favorite snapshots from the TI4 playoffs.17

TI4 journey so far: Story of the groupstages

DotA 2TI4 journey so far: Story of the groupstages

The group stages of this year’s TI have now been wrapped up and the brackets for the main event decided. With a few days before attention turns to Key Arena there is a little time to reflect on what was an action packed first few days of games.21

Day 6 Event Blog: Chinese showdown

DotA 2Day 6 Event Blog: Chinese showdown

Join Mervyn 'ItchyScratchyBalls' Tan as he blogs about his experience at the main event hall at the TI4 Group Stage, including short text interviews with the players in between matches!15

Day 5 Event Blog: Liquid melting

DotA 2Day 5 Event Blog: Liquid melting

Join Mervyn 'ItchyScratchyBalls' Tan as he blogs about his experience at the main event hall at the TI4 Group Stage, including short text interviews with the players in between matches!13

How did Alliance fare so badly at TI4? What went wrong?

DotA 2How did Alliance fare so badly at TI4? What went wrong?

Whether you love, hate or love to hate the Alliance, they undeniably are (or perhaps ‘used to be’ now) one of the best teams in the world. They had a rough start to TI4, but pulled back on day two. Now they have crashed out of the tournament, so what went wrong for this innovative European team?92

Day 4 Event Blog: Short Interview with 71

DotA 2Day 4 Event Blog: Short Interview with 71

Join Mervyn 'ItchyScratchyBalls' Tan as he blogs about his experience at the main event hall at the TI4 Group Stage, including short text interviews with the players in between matches!20

Day 3 Event Blog: Arrow Gaming eliminated, western teams in a tough spot

DotA 2Day 3 Event Blog: Arrow Gaming eliminated, western teams in a tough spot

Join Mervyn 'ItchyScratchyBalls' Tan as he blogs about his experience at the main event hall at the TI4 Group Stage, including short text interviews with the players in between matches!8

Day 2 Event Blog: Arrow wins two games!

DotA 2Day 2 Event Blog: Arrow wins two games!

Join Mervyn 'ItchyScratchyBalls' Tan as he blogs about his experience at the main event hall at the TI4 Group Stage, including short text interviews with the players in between matches!20