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GosuGamers Awards 2014: Dota 2 winners

Welcome to yet another year of GosuGamers Awards for Dota2. Today, we honor the best players, teams, personalities, events and stories in 14 categories.

Similar to last year, each category has two winners. One has been determined by the community vote polls, which were open between December 15-29th. The other award is handed out by the GosuAwards committee, comprised of the GosuGamers crew members who put together the nominations two weeks ago.
Let's see who won what in this historical year for Dota 2.
NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR
GosuGamers'
Newcomer of the Year Award
Maybe
Yao Lu started out as a raw talent that was acquired by LGD to fill in the shoes of veteran xiao8. The young Chinese, however, was unable to meet the expectations and was quickly replaced. LGD did, however, want to keep his talent around, as they saw the potential in him and quickly built a team around him, known as LGD.CDEC. Maybe went on to become one of the most fearsome players in China, and together with his team, CDEC-Gaming, is looking to shake up the top tier bracket of the Chinese scene.
Runner-up
 
Q
 
...for being yet another rising star in the Chinese scene and an integral part of CDEC’s success.
Community Choice Awards
Maybe
(50%)
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BREAKOUT PLAYER OF THE YEAR
GosuGamers'
Breakout Player of the Year Award
Zai
Ludwig Wahlberg took the scene by storm this year, playing into the top tier bracket of supports and quickly becoming a fan favorite. The youngster has a rather greedy playstyle and often enters the top networth ranks in matches. Together with his team, Zai went on to win numerous tournaments and place among the top spots in others. He is undoubtedly one of the most outstanding players this year.
Runner-up
 
ppd
 
...for being an exceptional support, captain and drafter who has already climbed to the top.
Community Choice Awards
Zai
(45%)
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MOST IMPROVED PLAYER
GosuGamers'
Most Improved Player Award
Black^
Dominik Reitmeier’s increasingly large fanbase has been a result of more than his personable identity. Indeed, his stay in China over the past year has given him the results he has desired for years: the experience he sorely needed to play in a top team and the recognition that he was a versatile player, much more than the “Mr. GPM” tag that had followed him for a couple of years. Often single-handedly carrying CiS throughout his tenure as captain and carry of the Chinese team, his big break arrived during his stint with Vici Gaming, allowing him to showcase his ability to make plays and fight with the rest of the team and he is now considered to be at the top of his kind.
Runner-up
 
JotM
 
...for leading Virtus.pro towards becoming a serious contender.
Community Choice Awards
Black^
(69%)
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BEST TOURNAMENT OUTSIDE THE INTERNATIONAL
GosuGamers'
Best Tournament Outside TI Award
ESL One Frankfurt
ESL One Frankfurt set the bar for tournaments quite high as it took Dota 2 to its first event in a stadium in front of such a large crowd, 12,500 viewers per day. The tournament featured the best teams from both West and East, giving fans their money’s worth. Typical for ESL, they needed the proper talent in front of camera to guide the scene through this two-day event and they brought in eSports veteran Paul ‘Redeye’ Chaloner who quickly became a fan favorite as he fit into the panel seamlessly. The atmosphere was one of a kind and set the tone for an exciting tournament which eventually fell into iG’s hands after a superb performance in the finals.
Runner-up
 
The Summit 1
 
...for bringing the HomeStory Cup feel to Dota 2 with its own flair.
Community Choice Awards
The Summit 2
(38%)
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DRAMA OF THE YEAR
GosuGamers'
Drama of the Year Award
The matchfixing
The matchfixing revelations of October 2014 have had a tremendous impact on the SEA Dota 2 scene, as it ruined the careers and credibility of the affected individuals from Mineski, MSI.EvoGT and Arrow Gaming. The scandal also unmasked the horrendous state of the SEA competitive scene, and gave prominence to the dire need of a proper infrastructure. While we have yet to see any true signs of improvement, we hope that things will change in 2015 so that we avoid any similar situations in the future.
Runner-up
 
Era's participation at TI 4
 
...for forcing Valve to release private e-mails and shaking the scene.
Community Choice Awards
The matchfixing scandal
(36%)
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BEST INTERVIEWER/HOST
GosuGamers'
Best Interviewer/Host Award
Hot_Bid
Ken Chen has had quite a successful year, as he was the official interviewer for Valve at TI4, thus getting his face and signature on in-game chests and has now successfully kickstarted his own project ESEX. Hot_Bid earned himself the love of the community with his unique interviewing style, one that tends to make people forget that there is an actual interview going on. His relaxed and laid-back approach have made every interview unique and this quality of his, combined with the sheer quantity of interviews this year, put him at the top of the list.
Runner-up
 
Bruno
 
...for being an always present all-rounder that lights up every production.
Community Choice Awards
Soe
(25%)
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BEST ANALYTICAL CASTER
GosuGamers'
Best Analytical Caster Award
SyndereN
Troels Nielsen is a veteran all around, as he has been playing for quite some time and is one of the first co-casters that has stuck around since the birth of the Dota 2 scene. His professional past and connection make him knowledgable and he is able to deliver his thoughts in an easy and digestible way. In addition, he usually synergizes well with his counterparts and his casts together with SUNSfan are already fan favorites. He adds a lot of humor into his casts as well and can thus both entertain and teach. A true caster.
Runner-up
 
Merlini
 
...for being one of the best in his field and with a unique charisma.
Community Choice Awards
Merlini
(39%)
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BEST PLAY-BY-PLAY CASTER
GosuGamers'
Best Play-by-Play Caster Award
TobiWan
Toby Dawson has been part of most major tournaments this year, commentating the grand finals of prestigious events such as The International 2014, ESL One Frankfurt and New York. TobiWan has impressed and entertained the crowd at each of these events and his sheer play-by-play is quite possibly unmatched in the scene right now.
Runner-up
 
LD
 
...for magnificent casting and relentless work behind the scenes.
Community Choice Awards
TobiWan
(55%)
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BEST SUPPORTS
GosuGamers'
Best Supports Award
Fy & Zai
Both Linsen Xu and Ludwig Wahlberg stood at the very top of the Dota 2 scene with their teams this year. Both shine with exceptional individual plays and have been able to decide games on their own. While fy knows how to impress with flashy Rubick or Sand King plays, zai has been dominant on farm intensive heroes, such as Enigma or Wraith King, often sitting amongst the top players in terms of net worth. Both have been crucial factors for the success of their teams this year and have thus earned themselves the title as best supports of 2014.
Runner-up
 
Fenrir & Aui_2000
 
...for outstanding performances and for being reliable factors in their teams.
Community Choice Awards
fy & n0tail
(27% & 17%)
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BEST OFFLANER
GosuGamers'
Best Offlaner Award
Iceiceice
With the transition from Zenith to Team DK, Daryl Koh was forced to relinquish his favorite solo-mid position, and take the role of the offlaner. Despite the nature of his new position, iceiceice’s performance did not diminish one bit. His aggressive playstyle and incredible individual skill with heroes such as Timbersaw helped him have an even bigger impact, and he knows how to make even the most experienced enemies cower in fear. While he plays for a different team now, iceiceice still remains the true king of the offlane position, and we hope to see even more of him in 2015.
Runner-up
 
Universe
 
...for turning from most underrated to one of the most fearsome players.
Community Choice Awards
Iceiceice
(49%)
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BEST MIDLANER
GosuGamers'
Best Midlaner Award
Arteezy
Artour Babaev has solidified his position as the top midlaner of 2014 with his lane presence, dominance, and ability to maintain his farm as the second, if not the first carry player of EG. Having seared the memory of his outrageous Razor, Lycan and Naga Siren play, Arteezy has been one of the cornerstones of EG’s success and one of the toughest lane opponents for any midlaner to meet. At the very least, Arteezy has proved that youth is not a stumbling block to greatness.
Runner-up
 
Ferrari_430
 
...for being the shining light that carried iG through many games and tournaments.
Community Choice Awards
Arteezy
(35%)
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BEST CARRY
GosuGamers'
Best Carry Award
Hao
Many first position legends have emerged from China since the beginning of competitive DotA, but only a few managed to leave their mark like Zhi Hao Chen did. Hao’s consistently exceptional performances with a vast number of heroes helped him win a place in the fans’ hearts, and also the list of the wealthiest eSports players of all time. NewBee may have changed since TI4, but Hao continues to shine every game, showing how it's done in China.
Runner-up
 
BurNing
 
...for being a true living legend that has redefined the carry role and himself to suit his teammates’ playstyles.
Community Choice Awards
BurNing
(49%)
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MOST DISAPPOINTING TEAM
GosuGamers'
Most Disappointing Team Award
Alliance
It is December, the time of reminiscence and cliches. And boy, how far the mighty have fallen. Undisputedly the top team of 2013, Alliance have failed to impress this year. The paltry three championships they have earned this year is a far cry from the immense 14 they won back in 2013. Their fall from grace is perhaps best encapsulated in their groupstage performance at TI4, which failed to bring them to the elimination stages, solidified by the breakup of that Swedish dream team. Their difficulties have continued to plague them, being unable to form a full roster even now, almost four months after The International has ended.
Runner-up
 
Na`Vi
 
...for never living up to their fans’ and their own expectations and ultimately stagnating between tier 1 and tier 2 team.
Community Choice Awards
Alliance
(49%)
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BEST TEAM
GosuGamers'
Best Team Award
Vici Gaming
Veni, vidi, vici. The immortal lines once spoken by Julius Caesar resonate strongly with Vici Gaming’s past year. They played second fiddle to Team DK in China for most of the year, getting onto the podium in eight of the ten tournaments before The International 2014. Their fast-push and aggressive early game backed by Sylar’s enormous farming potential made them the challengers of the East, which was rewarded in their second place position at TI4. What has set them apart from the rest, however, has been their performance after the post-TI reshuffle - Black^ has proved a worthy replacement to Sylar, and iceiceice continues to dazzle with his wide repertoire of heroes. Having won three championships since September, this Vici Gaming has arrived, seen and conquered them all.
Runner-up
 
Evil Geniuses
 
...for being one of the most consistently strong teams in the world that has impacted the scene and meta quite signifcantly.
Community Choice Awards
Evil Geniuses
(27%)
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GOSUGAMERS HONORARY AWARDS
GosuGamers'
Special Award
For dedicated observation: Weppas & Skrff

For relentless community support: Wykrhm & SirBelvedere

For tireless behind-the-scenes work: Kpoptosis & x3m4eg

Discussion

  • pomodoro "ReedO" pomodoro ,
    ummm... gratz to the winners I think?
  • fazri "kkkkkkkkkk" p ,
    sooo much better than the JD award. good job
  • Laxus-san "lloyddragneel" Tehee ,
    YES! Thanks for making NEWBEE THE RACIST/THE BORING not the best team chosen both by Gosu and Community! ROFL not even in runner ups! i still believe that Team DK is the best team for 2014 if not only on certain dramas/issues within their scrimmings :(
  • MJ "xCrow" Voack ,
    community confirmed perverts @bestinterviewer/host
  • x "cstar" x ,
    A tier 2 mid is the best mid? ROFL. VG the fourth CN team in main season is the best team this year? LOL. Finally, who cares the trash awards and team ranking? Prize money and career achievements say all! Mu, xiao8, etc. are far ahead of mushi, ice3, rtz, etc. Silly awards cannot lead to glory.
    • Miles "mokccy" Mok ,
      u mad?
    • Maru "BlitzKaiser" Unson ,
      yawwnn thats why you are boring, see in NBA we have community awards like MVP of the year apart from the championship awards like Playoffs MVP; Its just the way it is. If you dont like it then make an e-sport website to put your biased list
  • mirotic "mirotic_genie" genie ,
    Iceiceice the mastermind
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