Edooley presents: This week in China #1

Edooley presents: This week in China #1

GosuGamers' Edooley has collected a few interesting stories from China over the week and we present to you the highlights that didn't make the news. This week, we have Hao's thoughts on the IeSF tournament, the story of "One Hand God", the all girls Team Mulan and a trip to the bathhouse with Burning and co. In addition, Newbee has their very own branded cars.

Register for GosuCup SEA #5, compete for $100 and tons...

Register for GosuCup SEA #5, compete for $100 and tons of Dota 2 items

The fifth edition of GosuCup SEA is around the corner. This Saturday, November 29th, compete for $100, 60 Dota 2 keys and hundreds of rares by playing Hearthstone.

Interview with MasterRamen: The Truth Behind Jaren Gan

Interview with MasterRamen: The Truth Behind Jaren Gan

Following the intense spectacle that characterised the match-fixing scandal by Arrow Gaming recently, Firdaus 'MasterRamen' Hashim sat down to discuss some of the problems plaguing the SEA scene based on his time in DotaTalk and as former manager of Arrow Gaming. 

5 Storylines to follow for DreamLeague playoffs

5 Storylines to follow for DreamLeague playoffs

Phase 2 of the ongoing DreamLeague Season 2 is about to go underway and we single out 5 highlights to look forward to. From certain teams to the production, what can we expect from DreamLeague?

The Summit 2: Redemption Vote campaign hub

The Summit 2: Redemption Vote campaign hub

Roughly 30 hours remain until the fan vote for the redemption team for The Summit 2 will close and the teams are heating up their campaign activities, rallying up their fans and increasing their social media presence. If you lost track of all the photoshopped pictures, the crazy promises and funny videos, check out our Redemption Vote campaing hub.

hyhy AMA - 'I regret having to reject xiao8's team...

hyhy AMA - 'I regret having to reject xiao8's team invite to form Newbee before TI4'

Today, former Zenith player hyhy has done an AMA - AskMeAnything - on reddit. We compiled the highlights, as he talks about a possible return to the competitive Dota 2 scene and his venture into League of Legends.

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D2L: Evil Geniuses secures ticket to Las Vegas

DotA 2D2L: Evil Geniuses secures ticket to Las Vegas

The Western Division of the D2L has finished its groupstage and sees North-American powerhouse Evil Geniuses secure the first spot, thus qualifying them for the LAN finals in Las Vegas. They will join the likes of CDEC and LV-Gaming, with only one spot left to be decided.3

DC Captains Draft Invitational: VP, Secret, Tinker and Na'Vi survive

DotA 2DC Captains Draft Invitational: VP, Secret, Tinker and Na'Vi survive

The battle for the final spot in the playoffs of XMG CD Invitational turned into a thriller, with the fate of EG, PR and Na'Vi being decided in the final game of the groupstage. In the end, Na'Vi took down PR with a 2-0 score to secure the fourth spot and the ticket to playoffs.6

Dota 2 Semi-Pro League in full force, feat. Newbee.Y and more

DotA 2Dota 2 Semi-Pro League in full force, feat. Newbee.Y and more

The Chinese scene is currently seeing quite a few promising amateur teams compete with each other as the Dota 2 Semi-Pro League is in full force. The top 10 teams are playing for two spots in the Dota 2 Asia Invitational, details of which have yet to be announced. 9

DreamLeague Phase 3: Tinker vs. VP to kick off playoffs

DotA 2DreamLeague Phase 3: Tinker vs. VP to kick off playoffs

After the demise of Alliance and MVP.Pheonix in DreamLeague phase two, the six remaining teams will battle it out in phase three at DreamHack from the 27th till 29th of this month.1

UPDATE: Meracle and First Departure unable to attend The Summit 2

DotA 2UPDATE: Meracle and First Departure unable to attend The Summit 2

Recently there has been new and rumors about the possibility of First Departure pulling out of The Summit 2 due to some of the players on First Departure being unable to take time off to travel to take part in the lan finals held in LA. We talk to their manager to find out more.34

New format announced for The Summit 2

DotA 2New format announced for The Summit 2

The five day Beyond the Summit hosted tournament will feature a new best-of-five single elimination format in the playoff stages. But first, all six teams will play the other teams once.30

Register for GosuCup SEA #5, compete for $100 and tons of Dota 2 items

DotA 2Register for GosuCup SEA #5, compete for $100 and tons of Dota 2 items

The fifth edition of GosuCup SEA is around the corner. This Saturday, November 29th, compete for $100, 60 Dota 2 keys and hundreds of rares by playing Hearthstone.3

Synergy League LAN finals postponed until 2015, will take place in new venue

DotA 2Synergy League LAN finals postponed until 2015, will take place in new venue

The offline finals of Synergy League, originally scheduled to begin on November 28th, have been postponed. The organization explained that it was impossible to hold the event in November, due to teams cancelling their participation and the rising cost of the venue that would house the finals. 4

Alex Garfield AMA - "Behind the scenes, the eSports industry  is cutthroat and extremely political"

DotA 2Alex Garfield AMA - "Behind the scenes, the eSports industry is cutthroat and extremely political"

GoodGame owner Alex Garfield has gone public and conducted an AMA on Reddit, talking about his agency, the reasoning for him to sponsor multiple teams and players and more. He also confirms that Team Tinker is one of his teams and that Team Secret was also a prospect but negotiations fell through. 13

DreamLeague Phase 2: MVP.Phoenix and Alliance out, C9 and EG secure first two spots

DotA 2DreamLeague Phase 2: MVP.Phoenix and Alliance out, C9 and EG secure first two spots

The 2nd phase of the DreamLeague Season 2 has concluded and both Alliance as well as MVP.Phoenix have been eliminated from the tournament. Cloud 9 and Evil Geniuses are the top 2 teams who will dodge the first leg of the upcoming third phase. 13

Merlini blog post about player attitude in games

DotA 2Merlini blog post about player attitude in games

As a celebration for 50 000 followers on twitter, Ben "Merlini" Wu shares his personal experience about the different kinds of mindsets he has encountered while playing Dota. In his blog post, he also shared some tips on how to have a positive mindset.15

DreamLeague Phase 2 -  EG, Tinker and 4ASC through

DotA 2DreamLeague Phase 2 - EG, Tinker and 4ASC through

The final day awaits and things are still unclear at the bottom of the group with Virtus Pro and Alliance needing final day results to remain in the competition.9

i-League American Qualifiers - Cloud9 books their ticket to China

DotA 2i-League American Qualifiers - Cloud9 books their ticket to China

Cloud9 won the i-League American qualifiers without dropping a single game, destroying their way through the brackets and finally Sneaky Nyx Assasins 2-0 in the finals, thus securing their ticket for the LAN finals in Shanghai.5

DreamLeague Phase 2 - Early exit danger for Alliance, VP and MVP

DotA 2DreamLeague Phase 2 - Early exit danger for Alliance, VP and MVP

With only two days left to secure one of the six main event playoff spots, MVP Phoenix will be hoping Alliance and VP slip up to remain in the tournament.8

Starladder XI Europe - Hellraisers lead, Power Rangers unbeaten

DotA 2Starladder XI Europe - Hellraisers lead, Power Rangers unbeaten

The first week has passed in the European qualifiers for Starladder XI and Hellraisers have taken an early lead ahead of Power Rangers and Secret Team as they compete for the four available places for the LAN playoffs.8

Moscow Five kicks Russian roster after Synergy League dispute

DotA 2Moscow Five kicks Russian roster after Synergy League dispute

The Russian organization Moscow Five will no longer sponsor their Russian squad, after the five players refused to participate in the offline finals of Synergy League. The roster will continue to participate in tournaments under a new name, while M5 will be represented by their international team.18

Rex Regum Qeon reforms its Dota 2 Roster

DotA 2Rex Regum Qeon reforms its Dota 2 Roster

Following the breakup of their team after failing to qualify for TI4, Qeon Interactive has decided to re-enter the South East Asian Dota 2 scene, picking up a brand new team from Indonesia. 50

StarLadder SEA: Invasion and Rave dominating

DotA 2StarLadder SEA: Invasion and Rave dominating

Invasion and Rave are both sitting at the top of the round robins having a score of 5-1 and 4-1 respectively. Team Malaysia on the other hand are not looking too hot after being taken down by Mith.Trust and Insidious Idol.6

Captains Draft 2 Round Up - Secret & VP through, EG and Na'Vi fighting for Top 4

DotA 2Captains Draft 2 Round Up - Secret & VP through, EG and Na'Vi fighting for Top 4

Entering the final week of the Round Robin stage of Dota Cinema's Captains Draft 2, the tournament is still wide open and an open playing field. With Team Secret and Virtus.pro confirmed for the playoffs, the rest of the teams have some crucial games to reach the top four with only six remaining games and only two spots left to claim.9

DreamLeague Phase 2 - 4Anchors leading the charge, MVP struggling

DotA 2DreamLeague Phase 2 - 4Anchors leading the charge, MVP struggling

The second phase of DreamLeague Season 2 is halfway done and Finnish team 4 Anchors has upset the groupstage by grabbing an early 6-4 lead. However, favorites Evil Geniuses and Cloud9 have yet to enter the stage.14

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DotA 2Edooley presents: This week in China #1

GosuGamers' Edooley has collected a few interesting stories from China over the week and we present to you the highlights that didn't make the news. This week, we have Hao's thoughts on the IeSF tournament, the story of "One Hand God", the all girls Team Mulan and a trip to the bathhouse with Burning and co. In addition, Newbee has their very own branded cars.17

DotA 2Interview with MasterRamen: The Truth Behind Jaren Gan

Following the intense spectacle that characterised the match-fixing scandal by Arrow Gaming recently, Firdaus 'MasterRamen' Hashim sat down to discuss some of the problems plaguing the SEA scene based on his time in DotaTalk and as former manager of Arrow Gaming. 76

5 Storylines to follow for DreamLeague playoffs

DotA 25 Storylines to follow for DreamLeague playoffs

Phase 2 of the ongoing DreamLeague Season 2 is about to go underway and we single out 5 highlights to look forward to. From certain teams to the production, what can we expect from DreamLeague?14

The Summit 2: Redemption Vote campaign hub

DotA 2The Summit 2: Redemption Vote campaign hub

Roughly 30 hours remain until the fan vote for the redemption team for The Summit 2 will close and the teams are heating up their campaign activities, rallying up their fans and increasing their social media presence. If you lost track of all the photoshopped pictures, the crazy promises and funny videos, check out our Redemption Vote campaing hub.30

D2CL Finals preview - Western combat in DreamHack Bucharest

DotA 2D2CL Finals preview - Western combat in DreamHack Bucharest

The LAN playoffs of DotA2 Champions League Season 4 are right around the corner, and the four challengers have gathered in Bucharest for the event. Na'Vi, Sneaky Nyx Assassins, Empire and Team Tinker will have the chance to claim the biggest share of the $75,000 in the three-day double elimination bracket.7

Interview with VG.Fy: I am happy but not proud to be called Fy-God

DotA 2Interview with VG.Fy: I am happy but not proud to be called Fy-God

Linsen 'Fy' Xu is the captain of Vici Gaming, the Chinese powerhouse that most recently won ESL One and i-League in quick succession after the post-TI season. Following his return to China after ESL One, he took some time out of his schedule to give us an interview, with which he talks about playing with the new team and moving on after rOtk's retirement. 43

5 highlights to look out for at SLTV Season X LAN finals

DotA 25 highlights to look out for at SLTV Season X LAN finals

The anniversary edition of the StarLadder LAN finals is coming up and we take a look at five special things you might want to look out for when watching the event. Things inside, as well as outside the game to happen.52

Rumormill: EG to pick up three additional teams?

DotA 2Rumormill: EG to pick up three additional teams?

The rumormill is turning once more with multiple teams being left without an organization. Team Secret, Team Tinker and Team Malaysia are all hot prospects on the market but rumor has it that two, if not all three of these are close to being affiliated with the GoodGame Agency, the agency behind the Evil Geniuses brand.38

Player Watch - Key players to attend ESL One

DotA 2Player Watch - Key players to attend ESL One

The ESL One New York tournament is right around the corner and we take a look at what players to look out for: Who can turn the tides, who likely to carry his team to victory?27

DotA 2WCA Preview - Vici Gaming to continue their streak

With close to half a million in prize money, WCA will be the biggest LAN event outside of The International in the Dota 2 scene yet. Top teams from around the world will be attending the four day event. Who will take home over $300,000? We introduce the contenders.26

DotA 2EMC Preview: Multiple changes result in an all EU final

With the all the groupstage qualifiers wrapped up, four teams are set to face off on September 26 in Forum Hall, Moscow. Here is a breakdown of the teams and what to expect from them in this LAN Final.8

i-League LAN Preview: The Crowdsourced Tournament

DotA 2i-League LAN Preview: The Crowdsourced Tournament

The i-League LAN playoffs begins later this week on 25 September, and will see some of the top teams in China battling it out with 3 teams from abroad. This LAN will feature some of the lesser known faces in China, as well as two surprising entrants from the NA/EU qualifiers.30

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. 810

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. 120

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.75

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

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