iG Dota wins Tencent’s Esports Team of the Year Award

This Year’s Exceptional Esports Achievement Awards” by Tencent QQ’s Games section has iG.Dota placed as number 1 esports team of 2012.

Their criteria gave points based on three aspects: online fan voting, media scoring, and score based on competition results. iG easily won both the media scoring and competition results segments, and perhaps predictably, placed second in fan voting on QQ.com to the WE.LoL team.

Additionally, iG’s YYF placed second in the Esports Player of the Year award, losing out to some LoL player.



iG on their way to selecting a second Dota squad: “Hundred battles makes a god” — the iG second team selection series

As noted here, iG is in the process of recruiting a second squad to their Dota2 section. This is a nation-wide recruitment effort sponsored and in partnership with Lenovo, promoting the Y-series gaming laptop. Lenovo is also providing an overall cash prize pool of over 35000 RMB (over 5000 USD) to top teams.

According to this, signups ended on Dec 19, 2012, and the online portion of competition took place from Dec 20 to Dec 30, 2012. The top 32 produced from this can be seen in brackets here.

Next, from matches played in this bracket, iG players and coaches will select a small group of their own favored players and invite them to a ‘Masters Training Series”, taking place from Jan 7 to 9, 2013. During these three days, the selected players will be trained and coached by iG players and coaches for the next and final stage.

Lastly, iG Dota2’s current team will meet with a final group and hand-pick ten players, who will be invited to the “Lenovo Y-series iG New Year party”, on Jan 9, 2013, where they will face off against each other and the winning team of 5 players will officially win the title of “Y-series iG reserve team”, earning the right to represent iG club in future competitions, as well as taking home cash prizes.

For all the detailed rules and regulations, go here. Just like the 242-team university tournament that recently ended, this series is also using Dota 6.74c.



Dotaland weekly recap: Dec 26, 2012 — Jan 1, 2013

This past week mostly revolved around news and interviews from the on-going G-League 2012 Season 2 Dota2 tournament, where DK unexpectedly crashed out after losses to ForLove and LGD.cn, iG crushed everyone, and more. Dotaland has so far translated six separate items from G-League, so check them out below.

Apart from that, the most popular piece was by far an introduction and overview of each of Vici Gaming’s members. The new team released promotional photographs, player bios, and more. Last of all, Dotaland exclusively researched and translated an overview of a large-scale grassroots collegiate Dota league in China, be sure to take a look at that as well!

Additionally, the end of 2012 also meant a look back at the Best of 2012 on Dotaland, with lots of quality reading material and insight.

Dec 26

LGD.Yao G-League interview: “It is a must-win against ForLove”

After their loss to LGD.int, and before an important match against ForLove in the G-League group stages

Dec 27

DK.Dai G-League interview: “We’re not in great form”

After losing to ForLove, Dai talks a bit about DK and their prospects

Dec 28

Meet Vici Gaming

Learn everything you ever wanted to know about Vici Gaming, the new Chinese team

Dec 29

LGD super fan…

Fluff — a bit of gossip revolving a ‘super fan’ of LGD’s

Dec 29

DK.Super G-League interview: “Axes killing courier was intended”

Super talks about beating LGD.int to continue their hopes in G-League, and comments on his Beastmaster kill of courier with axes in-game

Dec 29

G-League interview with LGD.xiao8, after LGD vs ForLove

LGD.cn defeats ForLove to keep their hopes in G-League group A alive

Dec 30

G-League interview with LGD.Sylar, after LGD defeats DK to take the last spot out of group A

Sylar reflects on their win; DK eliminated

Dec 31

242-team university Dota league in China

Organized in a grassroots fashion by Baidu Tieba forumgoers, the tournament was featured on Baidu, and included over 200 universities and schools across China

Jan 1

Gamefy G-League video recap

Video: check out the production quality… also, Zhou talks about his Divine Rapier versus VG