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…
Days of Our Lives… who needs it? I can get my drama fix out of real life happenings thank you very much! Looks like there was trouble in Salem Dota 2 recently, with Wagamama (a professional player and streamer) pulling out some dirt on StarLadder. What the hell happened?
League of Legends might not have as big a prize pool as this year’s Dota 2 International did, but the stakes in their World Championship are still ridiculously high. What many people may not realise is that the pro gamers involved are under immense pressure to win. What goes on behind the scenes? Riot have recently released a teaser to a series called ‘Road to Worlds’. It will show the journeys of some of LoL’s top players.
I’ve spent countless hours and resources attempting to triangulate the exact release date of those pesky Techies. Valve told the world they would like to have them out by the end of August. Sadly, I think Lord Gaben lied, as today is spring day! Fear not though, because this week will not only bring more explosions to Dota 2, but a whole lot of other goodies too.
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?
Oh Gaben, when will you please the Dota 2 community and just give them Techies already? The explosive duo have become the stuff of legends, and everybody wants to play as them. A few weeks ago I wrote about how Valve want to have the hero out by the end of the month. Well, there is one week left. Will we see Techies in the next few days?