iG at ACE Dota 2012 S1 finals (pictures)

A few pictures with translated captions from iG’s social media from their win at ACE earlier.

The pictures from ACE live that everyone wanted are here now. Much thanks to all those loyal fans on the live broadcasts and at the venue itself. It was with your support that we ultimately won the trophy! The first picture is a picture of the entire team; it seems like ChuaN wants to raise the sword high and declare, “I am He-Man!!”

iG.YYF posing for a shot with a fervent fan. Does that mesmerizing smile and understated elegance tempt your heart? *kiss*

And of course our Zhou’s handsomeness isn’t going to lose out to his teammate’s. His hair, specially styled for the event today, was a contributor to his stable play today, and his calm confidence in holding the trophy is as if to say, “I have the most fans, no one else can compare”

Here we see Faith signing for a fan and taking it very seriously. His reserved and shy demeanor off-stage forms a stark contrast with his fearlessness and fierceness on-stage.

If you were to ask who is the focus of most conversations at matches, the answer is certainly ChuaN. Of course ChuaN’s excitement in celebrating his last Finals victory has not faded; today he seemed more calm, very patiently signing things for fans, and additionally gained the youngest fan at the match venue today.

Source: http://e.t.qq.com/igaming


iG takes the ACE Dota Pro-league 2012 Season 1 Championship over LGD

Results and vods below. More coming later!

iG 2-0 LGD

Game 1: http://v.youku.com/v_show/id_XNDUwNDUxNjcy.html

Game 2: http://v.youku.com/v_show/id_XNDUwNDU3NTA0.html (really cool ACE intro seen at 5:00)
Bonus behind the scenes prep footage: http://v.youku.com/v_show/id_XNDQ5MjA3MDA0.html

ACE Dota Pro-league 2012 Season 1 Grand Finals today!

The grand finals of ACE Dota 2012 season 1 is going to be at 19:00 Chinese time on Sept 14, 2012. The finalists, iG and LGD, will be playing for a prize of 200000 RMB, or roughly 30000 USD. Read on to find out more.

Want to watch? Tune in here in at 11:00 UTC/19:00 Beijing time (may need to install plugin): http://live.pcgames.com.cn/1202/2454004.html or http://www.fengyunzhibo.com/tv/gtvyouxi.htm

Original: http://ace.pcgames.com.cn/news/1209/2634730.html

(Dotaland note: only partial translation for this, to get key relevant information out)

On September 14, 2012 at 19:00 [Beijing time], ACE Dota TV professional league 2012 season 1 Grand Finals will take place.

iG advanced to the semi-finals after placing in first in regular season matches, and in the semi-finals defeated Dt to advance to the finals. Up to now, iG’s overall record is 8 wins, 1 draw, and 1 loss.

LGD advanced to the semi-finals on a third place result in regular season matches. In the next elimination stage where 4 teams advance out of 6, they defeated team For.love to get into the other semi-final and faced TongFu. After defeating TongFu to make it into the finals, LGD’s overall record currently stands at 8 wins, 1 draw, 2 losses.

These two teams will once again step onto the stage of the ACE finals and battle it out for the championship.

With results this similar thus far, and equally star-studded lineups, it will be strategy and hero picks that are the keys to the ultimate result. Which heroes will go to these 10 legendary players in the final battle, we’ll only know after the fighting begins.

GTV will see you at 19:00 on Sept 14. Real competition creates real winners, AMD brings explosiveness to your gaming world! For live broadcasting options please visit: ace.pcgames.com.cn.

Ever since starting competition, the ACE Dota TV pro league has seen widespread popularity. Pretty much every match day has fans coming from faraway lands, and tickets for the grand final sold out within 2 hours of going on sale. Because of huge demand and interest, we have decided to add an additional batch of live tickets for sale. They are first come first serve at the GTV headquarters in Beijing.

DC’s Seattle Dota Diary #5: Analyzing TI2 Elimination Matches

As promised! This is the 5th on-site analysis ‘diary’ entry from big time Chinese commentator DC from during TI2. It covers the first half of TI2. Doesn’t seem that he wrote another one for the end of TI2, but entries 4 and 3 have both been translated in earlier entries here, and here, respectively. Some good insight on all the Chinese teams halfway through TI2, as well as a look at opinions on many EU and NA teams.

Original: http://dota2.sgamer.com/news/201209/147013.html

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Dota2 hits ‘celebrity’ status in China — singers, athletes play, millionaires throw parties

Like back when SC2 fans were excited over an NBA player ‘came out’ and said he enjoyed playing SC2, in Asia Dota2 is gradually hitting a sort of celebrity status as well. Except, well, the big names are a bit bigger in terms of following. Read on to find out more.

And of course, there was the iG party thrown by iG’s rich owners, which attracted rich and powerful people from all over: http://dota2.sgamer.com/albums/201209/7804_318406.html —- http://www.reddit.com/r/DotA2/comments/zp215/billionaire_owner_of_ig_throws_party_in/

Original: http://dota2.sgamer.com//news/201208/146823.html

A year ago, it was reported that mega-famous Chinese pop star JJ Lin (has 15 million followers on weibo, household name in Asia), and fellow singer Cao Ge had revealed on their Weibo accounts that they enjoy passing time by playing Dota and Starcraft 2, for a time piquing the interest and excitement of many Chinese fans. Now, Dota’s successor Dota2 approaches open beta, the question becomes whether or not these stars will move on to the embrace of Dota2?

Reality is just so, as in [late August] JJ Lin posted a picture to his weibo, with the invitation “Fellow otaku [nerd/recluse], let’s play!”, with the image clearly being a screenshot of Dota2 featuring Templar Assassin, Juggernaut, and Luna.

Commentator Haitao then quipped, “Please add me, I’ll buy the chick, sentries, and gem, I’ll give you the lane, creeps, and kills!!”. And following that, famous international snooker player Ding Junhui replied, “I’ve got it downloaded too, after training when I get home, I’ll otaku [nerd/recluse it up] too!”

It would seem that the magic of Dota2 isn’t limited to only us normal gamers, these superstars have also been wrapped in! In some match in the future, it could be one of them you’re playing with~

Original: http://dota2.sgamer.com/news/201209/147103.html

Now Dota2’s popularity is growing immensely, with stars and famous people from all over joining the ranks, using Dota2 as their relaxation in their off time. Bigshots from all sides are paying attention to Dota2, clearly it is a game of wide appeal. Not only do normal fans love it, the rich and powerful and famous are asking for invites too! After TI2, especially, the whole world has been taken by another wave of invite begging. Recently, a certain Beijing Guoan (Beijing’s top tier professional football/soccer team) player asking for invites further proved all of this!

iG releases a ‘commemorative’ highlights video of their TI2 victory

Yeah, this is a bit of fluff. But maybe it’s a bit of interesting, useful, fluffy fluff. Because when even Dotacinema’s TI2 highlights fail to have anything of iG’s, maybe this can fill some of the void. Anyway, this is from iG’s official Youku account. Ignoring the cheesy music and effects, it’s a decent few minutes showing some of iG’s big plays from the Grand Finals of TI2.

The new week will bring more translations – Sgamer’s TI2 player evaluations, and more!

Original: http://v.youku.com/v_show/id_XNDQ4MTg2MjUy.html

Translated transcript (nothing special here):

September 3 2012, Seattle, USA – We stepped onto the grand stage carrying the hopes of our countrymen – Fight! For the glory of victory – Applause, the highest praise for Chinese e-sports – Let the 5-star flag fly high and bear witness to an unforgettable night!

Victory, the only belief – Pride and glory of the nation – An unforgettable night in Seattle – That moment when dreams became reality – A never say die mentality – Bringing cheers and applause to China – We are the most hard-working dreamers – Our name is iG