Dotaland –> onGamers

Starting this month, I’ll be moving over to onGamers to work on Dota 2 coverage with them. The content I’ll be doing will be largely the same, though I may well have more resources and support, which means there might be cool new stuff coming as well in the future.

From my first step posting random stuff during TI2, to somehow being invited to TI3, to these past few weeks, it’s been a long trip. Dotaland has been a one-man project from the start to now. I’ve posted some 330 articles or so in roughly a year and a half, 348 tweets, and interacted with countless of you online and at events. I’ve had great feedback, unbelievable amounts of support, and some really great experiences along the way. To any of you that ever shared my stuff on reddit or elsewhere — thanks! I don’t like posting my own stuff because it feels like cheating somehow. Of course, my sincere thanks also goes out to those that have helped me, given me suggestions, or even just chatted with me along the way — you all know who you are, or I hope you do. If you’ve helped me in some way, just know that I truly appreciate it.

I’ll be keeping Dotaland.net up for the foreseeable future for archiving purposes, so people can still access and read up on past happenings, events, and so on. And I may yet find a new or different use for this place down the line…

If you want to continue following what I do, follow the Dotaland Twitter, where I’ll continue posting updates and whatnot regarding Chinese Dota. You’ll find me over at onGamers under ‘AutumnWindz’, and my profile icon will be the same as the icon for Dotaland (the red and green thingy). As always, you can also PM me on reddit for probably the fastest response.

My first contribution to onGamers is this interview with 820; check it out. I look to keep moving with onGamers, and I hope to see you there!

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LGD officially announce xiao8′s departure; reveal transfer fee

LGD made the xiao8 transfer official today with an announcement on their Weibo:

“Former LGD.Dota captain xiao8 has completed his transfer as of today, officially moving from LGD Gaming Club to NewBee Esports Club. Thank you to xiao8 for the two years spent leading LGD and all the dedicated contributions and sacrifices along the way, and we would like to wish xiao8 all the best in leading his new team. This transfer has been conducted accordingly with D.ACE’s Transfer Regulations, under constructive attitudes from both parties, and ultimately has been concluded in accordance with the player’s personal wishes. The transfer fee was 500,000 RMB (81,367 USD as of writing).”

Source: http://t.qq.com/p/t/316990072167694

‘Dream team’ finally confirmed… as “Newbees”

The official Chinese Dota 2 Weibo just posted that xiao8′s new ‘dream team’ has been named “Newbee”, and will consist of xiao8, Mu, Hao, ZSMJ, and KingJ.

For some context, “Newbee” is similar in the way it sounds to “niubi”, which is a common slang used by youth to roughly mean “fucking awesome”.

Source: http://t.qq.com/p/t/385364134185984

VG.fy post-holiday interview

SGamer caught VG’s fy and asked some questions…

Q: Thanks for doing this interview with us; as usual, so hi to everyone~
VG.fy:
Hi everyone, I am VG’s fy

Q: You’re back to the team house now right? How was your holiday? Did you partake in the New Year event and fight the Year Beast with friends?
VG.fy:
I’m back at the team base, but our internet broke… The holiday went by very quietly, just sleep and internet every day. The Year Beast was too hard, doesn’t suit me…

Q: Let’s take a look back at last year, your team experienced some highs and lows. For you, what was the biggest thing in the past year? The EMS One title?
VG.fy:
Indeed, my first time going abroad and we win an international title, that was for sure a very valuable experience.

Q: However, it seemed that after coming back from EMS One, your team’s form saw a drop, and you missed out on some other titles. Was this because you guys got complacent? Or were there issues with your team’s style and drafts?
VG.fy:
Our style got figured out after we won a lot, and we also were slow to adapt, this caused our following results to be sub-par.

Q: Returning after the holiday, there are big events right on the horizon, the first of which being the Supernova Cup Season 3. As the defending champions, is the team’s goal to retain this title?
VG.fy:
Of course, but we’re currently unfamiliar with the other teams participating, so the competition is sure to be exciting.

Q: As of now, most teams have undergone roster changes, with top ladder player Maybe joining LGD. You also had similar roots as a player, what are your thoughts on Maybe’s journey?
VG.fy:
Maybe is very good, his choice to play professionally is definitely the right choice. I hope he can continue to improve.

Q: For newcomers on the scene, their first days will be met with lots of pressure, can you speak a bit regarding the gradual change in mentality from being brand new to becoming established as a player?
VG.fy:
My mentality hasn’t seen big change, because if you have confidence in yourself, then you won’t really be worried about what others say.

Q: Our scene currently is in need of new talent, so what would you say to those hopeful of breaking into the scene?
VG.fy:
Your parents must give you their support, and if you feel that your own skill is similar or even better than pros, then you’re ok.

Q: We all know of your signature hero, Rubick. NaVi’s Kuroky also has a very skilful Rubick, who do you think has the better Rubick then?
VG.fy:
His Rubick is very strong, there are lots of things that are worthy for me to learn. I am striving to become the best.

Q: He’s even got a cosmetic set for his Rubick, have you considered doing the same for Rubick or another hero?
VG.fy:
The club’s currently having it done, look forward to it.

Q: Alright, thank you again to Fy for this interview. Last word for everyone?
VG.fy:
Thank you to everyone for your support. I hope you all can continue to support me and VG. I wish you all success in 2014. And thank you to our sponsors Tenwow Group, Dare-u, and Sina.

Source: http://dota2.sgamer.com/news/201402/154925.html

 

iG officially announces new roster on their Weibo

iG Dota 2 roster change announcement

Former iG Dota 2 player Hao has officially transferred away from the team. The well-known ChuaN returns to iG’s first team roster. Banana continues on with iG as a substitute player. After friendly negotiations with Speed Gaming club (formerly RattleSnake), their player Luo as of today joins iG under a loan format, and he will be on trial with iG. During this trial period, he will represent iG in all competitions. We hope that iG’s Dota 2 team can create new glories upon playing together in this new year!

iG Dota 2 roster:

Ferrari_430
YYF
Faith
ChuaN
Luo
Banana

As a sidenote, the previous ‘Luo interview’, posted across Chinese webspace, was fake.

Source: iG official weibo

 

LGD announces Maybe as their replacement for xiao8

On the official LGD Weibo account, they’ve just officially confirmed that newcomer, highly promising young player Maybe is their replacement for xiao8.

“Wonderkid Maybe has officially joined LGD-Gaming Club, and from today onward will play as LGD.Taobao.Maybe and represent LGD in various events. Here we wish to express our thanks to our fans, and welcome Maybe to the LGD family. In 2014, LGD will set their sights on the horizon, and go further with fresh faces.”