It’s that time of the year for Dota 2. The International is long gone and players have rested. Some teams have remained identical, while others have changed and new teams have been formed. Being a big Na’Vi fan, I was extremely sad to see long time captain Puppey as well as support player KuroKy leave. Who are they playing for now?
The year is slowly but surely drawing to an end. With it comes the Do Gaming Championship, a tournament that takes the best teams from their respective game and league, and puts them to the test to determine who really is the best. Here’s all you need to know about this year’s event if you plan on playing or spectating.
I’m quite fond of Heroes of the Storm. True to Blizzard and their game formula, it’s easy to pick up, but difficult to master. I’ve been interested to see it played from a professional point of view for a while now. It looks like I may finally be getting my wish. The game now has its own league.
I really don’t think people realise how big Gamescom was. Sure there were the big stands and stalls, but there was also a whole eSport area where some ESL games were taking place too. One of those games was Counter-Strike, and it shattered all sorts of previous viewership records
Telkom's DGL already has some awesome sponsors. The Dota league winners are getting some awesome goodies, as are players across a variety of games. Now Xbox South Africa is jumping into the Call of Duty sponsorship, and it might just make you kick yourself for not getting involved sooner.
It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out that eSport is well on its way to being recognised by not just gamers, but people all over the world. Battlefy is a site that allows people to create and manage custom eSport events. Their latest stats are pretty darn interesting.
My life long nightmare is about to come true. People who know me know I have a terrible aversion to cameras and will do just about anything to avoid being in the front of one. However when the producers of a local current affairs program asked if I’d be willing to chat about local eSports and the MSSA I couldn’t really say no.
The International is well behind us, and it saw Chinese team Newbee winning a very casual $5 million in prize money. I know there are many of you in the Lazygamer community who strongly dislike or have little regard for Dota 2 (or MOBAs in general), but I take comfort in knowing that there are at least 20 million other people who find it as fascinating as I do.
ESPN has slowly been building up their eSports coverage. They had a COD tournament with MLG during the X Games in Austin, and they did coverage of Dota's International. Now it seems that they are looking to expand their scope.
It's been a while since Riot teased a new champion for their extremely popular MOBA, League of Legends. Before I was bitten by the DOTA bug, I was a massive LoL player, and I remember champion releases being a rather frequent thing. Riot could be getting back into that, with another Teemo-like character.
StarCraft is possibly the only game in existence which can make me stress like a madman. Micro? Macro? APM? You need to know how to manage all of these and more, all at the same time, if you ever want to be any good on a competitive level. There are gods among men players who are capable of such feats, and South Africa is home to some of them. Want to see them in action? Some of our best players will be taking on the best New Zealand has to offer this weekend.
If you had to sum up this year’s DOTA 2 International tournament, you’d probably end up using the word ‘unpredictable’. The giants crashed out early, the favourites slowly fell near the end and the underdogs ruled the roost. I mean, who would’ve thought a team that nearly failed at the Playoff stages would end up dominating the competition at the Main Event, eventually taking the crown? Not many, but NewBee were out to impress.