Have you ever tried explaining the concept of eSports to a non-gamer? It’s really difficult! Those with an old train of thought just can’t get their head around the fact that some people play games for a living. Even then, they don’t understand how stressful and dedicated someone has to be to be truly great. For that reason, I love all the eSport documentaries that have been coming out, as it gives some insight into the world of competitive gaming. Valve kicked off the trend with Free To Play, and not too long after, Riot Games debuted Road to Worlds. Razer are following their footsteps. They’ve unveiled their very own documentary.
I love the smell of fresh Dota 2 news in the morning! A few days ago, Valve gave us a hint of things to come. They’ve now shared details, putting fans (and myself) out of their misery. The update will include a new hero, Oracle, a new arcana set for Phantom Assassin, as well as some other awesome extras!
With a map rework, new rune, and long list of balances, Patch 6.82 really changed Dota 2. It came out nearly two months ago, and everything has been left pretty much untouched since then. That won’t be the case for much longer though. There may not be any significant changes in the foreseeable future, but it looks like there definitely is a new hero. Valve have teased Oracle!
The Alliance Dota 2 team hit their prime last year, claiming The International 3 and cementing their line-up as the best of 2013. There was something about the meta that they understood, and not many teams could stand up to them. This year, however, is a completely different tale, as they have been unable to find that former glory. They’ve won a lot less, and performed a lot poorer overall. Last night saw them pulling out of DotaCinema’s XMG Captains Draft tournament. Why though?
It’s quite something to see how our local eSport scene is developing. rAge alone had insanely high prize pools, something which made me incredibly happy. We’re not done for the year though, as there are still other tournaments taking place. One is the Orena Lifechild Invitational. It will not only bring together top Dota 2 and Counter-Strike: Global Offensive teams for a shot at a possible R75000+ prize pool, it will also raise funds for charity.
Nobody likes match fixing. It’s a dodgy business, one which can see participants receive all kinds of bans (and rightly so) if caught. Arrow Gaming, a well known team in the Dota 2 scene were disqualified from The Summit, a top tournament. Affiliates of the team placed high value bets against them, which seems odd, and also points to potential match fixing.
I really do enjoy the odd fighting game now and then. I’ve been too scared to challenge Geoff at Street Fighter though, because quite frankly, I’m terrible at the game, and he would literally use my hair to mop up the floor once he is done destroying me. I have not had the training or practice to face our scary editor just yet, but that may change. This YouTube series shows what a Dota 2 fighting game would be like.
Remember the Saxxy Awards - Valve’s equivalent to The Oscars for Source Filmmaker animations? They recently announced the winners for 2014. All of the nominated videos were rather good, and it amazes me just how much of that content was produced in people’s spare time. One of the entrants, Palingenesie, entered a short about Dota 2’s Tidehunter and his questionable tactics into the comedy category. Sadly, he never won, but that hasn’t stopped him from continuing his series. A sequel has just recently been released.
So you’ve got a completely kitted all-girl Dota 2 team, and you have hopes of winning the big tournament that is exclusive to the gender. You know your players are good, but how good? Good enough to be seen as a “male” gamer? Careful now, apparently there’s a noticeable skill difference which could cause trouble. Don’t believe me? An admin recently banned an entire team from an all-female tournament because one of their players was too skilled to be female.
Valve kicked off the very first edition of the Saxxy Awards a few years ago. What is it exactly? Well, fans are encouraged to make their very own machinima utilising the Source Filmmaker – the same (and free) tool that Valve use to make animated videos for several of their games. Fans then enter their animation into one of 4 categories; short, action, comedy, drama. Oscars be damned, here are your winners for the Saxxy Awards 2014!
Logitech hosted the Dream Team Cup a few weeks ago. The purpose of the event was to help them identify a team which they could work with moving forward into the eSport scene. It seems In-Finity Gaming had what it takes, as they have secured the sponsorship leading up to the DGC
Believe it or not, I have moments where I find Dota 2 to be completely stale. Sure I love the game to bits, but I was eagerly awaiting the next big patch which would shake the formula up. It’s almost like Valve heard my prayers, because they have called the latest patch the ‘Rekindling Soul Update’. Will it reignite my love for the game?
The rAge expo is drawing closer and closer. With it comes all the usual tech and expo stuff, but also the Do Gaming Championship. Logitech have come forward with an interesting initiative leading up to the event. They are looking for a team to sponsor, and will choose one following the Logitech Dream Team Cup which will happen this weekend.
Believe it or not, I used to play football back in my golden years. I’m not the hugest fan when it comes to watching the sport though; there are too many people dying, then respawning conveniently after the ref has awarded the free kick. Still, I did enjoy playing it, and I often miss doing so. If only I could somehow get back into it… if only there was some way to marry my passion for gaming with the kicking of the ball…