New iG lineup rumored has 430 at carry, ChuaN solo mid…

According to SGamer, who are quoting ‘sources’, the rumor is that Ferrari_430 will be making the move from solo mid to carry for iG. This is to replace Hao, who looks to be leaving to the long-rumored ‘dream team’. Additionally, the sources claim that banana will be either retiring or moving to a ‘backup’ role with iG. While Ferrari_430 has often in recent times been a pseudo-carry for iG regardless of his actual role, the biggest rumored change comes with the news that ChuaN will take up the solo mid role for iG. Rounding out the changes, the source says that Faith, who was rumored to be going to the dream team as well, will instead be staying with iG. Former RattleSnake mastermind Luo rounds out the new iG roster as the other support player, while YYF continues on as the offlane player for iG.

Source: http://dota2.sgamer.com/news/201402/154867.html

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Chinese Social Summary: Feb 7 — Feb 17, 2014 (and tributes to Zhou)

The past few days have been increasingly busy, as teams and players gather back following the Chinese New Year holidays. This edition of the summary has its usual fluff, plus hints at what may be in store for the Chinese scene in the next weeks. And of course, storied carry Zhou announced his retirement, so Dotaland has reactions from around the scene translated for your perusal. Explanation of add oil here.

Fy

Birthday: It was Fy’s birthday on Feb 12.

ZSMJ

Low priority: “Dropped twice from games in one day, twice put in low priority, what’s up with that? :'(”

IceFrog

Holiday spirit (with pics): “Today at the mall, I attended a traditional Chinese New Year performance. There were even some Chinese kids performing dragon dance.”

Ferrari_430

Snow: “Just woke up, heard it snowed in Wuhan, went out and saw nothing”
Valentine birthday (with young Ferrari pic): “Happy Lantern Festival, Happy Valentine’s Day to everyone~~~~ And also, happy birthday to me~ :D:D:D”
It’s cold at iG team house: “I thought I’d be able to play without worries after getting back, who knew the heat would break down, I’m freezing like a dog!”

At the same time, ChuaN is also cold…: “Freezing like a dog” (could they both be at the iG team house?!)

Sylar

Matchmaking woes: “Straight lost 200 points, what a disastrous day”

Tributes to Zhou (not comprehensive, but a good selection)

Pikaxiu (tournament admin, contributor): “If I said I understood you, perhaps I don’t know you enough, I haven’t competed professionally before. If I said I didn’t understand you, I think I still can feel what’s going on inside. I remember that day, you and I chatted from an entire afternoon on QQ, we exchanged a lot of experiences and heartfelt thoughts. I feel you are a very sincere person, and I hope your future path is just as your competing career was, one height after another.”

Ferrari_430: “Add oil, the road ahead is long”

Mu: “Big Zhou add oil! I look fondly upon those short few months where we were teammates”

Faith: “Zhou add oil!”

banana: “Zhou-god add oil, your future path is very long”

LaNm: “I wish you success in your new life, just as your career was brilliant”

BurNIng: “Zhou-god add oil”

ChuaN: “Add oil, I wish you success in your new career”
Zhou’s words for ChuaN: “ChuaN, I don’t want to lecture you, but you should really work hard this time coming back.”

Sky (of Warcraft 3 fame): “Sending my good wishes to Zhou-god, you will find success in your new field. :)”

YYF: “Add oil, I hope you find even greater success”

Yao: “Good wishes”

King (ACE head): “Retiring isn’t an end, it’s just a new beginning. Zhou-god add oil”

LongDD: “Many of my viewers ask me, you’re so good, who were you most fearful of facing? And I can only light a cigarette, think a bit, and every time I think of you, Zhou-god. Add oil”

ZSMJ: “Zhou-god’s results and achievements speak for themselves. Even if we are no longer on the same paths from today onwards, we can still support each other. No matter what you do in the future, I hope your passion never fades.”

rOtK: “Add oil big Zhou. Wait for me a few months and we’ll commentate together hand in hand :)”
Zhou’s response to rOtK: “That’s not so good, Chinese Dota 2 needs you”

2009: “Zhou-god add oil!”

CuZn (TongFu manager): “I used to feel that Zhou-zhou’s external appearances were cold, but after working together for a period, I found that he is someone with a fire in his heart, and is full of passion towards Dota 2 and life. Of course, after that he became part of our TongFu jokester squad! I hope you can create new glories for yourself in your new field, just as you said yourself: persevere towards your dreams, step by step. Good luck.”

Zhou’s added thoughts: “Through the course of my career, anywhere I may have offended anyone, here I want to sincerely express my apologies. I hope to receive your forgiveness. And I hope that my friends who are still competing can add oil. I won’t ramble on more, but TI4 will be China’s! I want to once again see our flag rising in Seattle, that beautiful city.”

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ForLove drops Dota 2 team, players now looking for new sponsors

After a bumpy 2013 in which For.Love saw the likes of KingJ and Zippo come and go, the past few months have been relatively quiet for the team. Recently, long-time ForLove player Hanci posted on his Weibo that the club had officially disbanded its Dota 2 team and that he and his teammates would now be on the hunt for new sponsors. His post is below.

“From last October to just before this past Chinese New Year, we’ve had three months to play together. Atmosphere amongst the team has been good, and even though this team hasn’t been together that long, we’ve continuously improved in competitions. In training, we’ve traded wins with top teams. Currently, due to ForLove disbanding their Dota 2 team, we are searching for new sponsorship. The team: hanci, prettyhaw, fan, yim, 5400

Contact phone: 18938924884
Contact QQ: 232170394”

Source: http://t.qq.com/p/t/339602069867720

 

Rumors: zExBinGo to TongFu, Maybe to LGD

zExBinGo to TongFu

Previously part of a temporary TongFu 3rd team, formed to compete in Korea’s NISM showmatch series (TongFu 3rd team won the event), zExBinGo has been rumored according to inside sources to be on the verge of sealing a move to TongFu’s first team after Zhou’s retirement. The high level pubstar has been long regarded as one of China’s new hopes, and his role within TongFu’s new team is yet to be determined, with Kabu rumored to be leaving TongFu once again. Additionally, rumors claim that former pro scene players yAobAi (of former PanDa note), and NEO/Sag (RattleSnake) may be joining TongFu.

Source: http://dota2.sgamer.com/news/201402/154771.html

Maybe to LGD

According to another inside source, high level Chinese pub player Maybe, known as a very complete player that mainly plays carry and playmaker, is getting close to joining LGD.

Of interest is that if all these rumors come true, this means that TongFu is replacing up to three first team members — further fuel to the fire that is Mu joining up with a rumored superteam? And Maybe would be replacing xiao8, whose D2L trip to Vegas with LGD was heavily hinted at being his last outing with the team.

Source: http://dota2.sgamer.com/news/201402/154765.html

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Zhou retires

Zhou has just announced on his Weibo that he’s retired; here’s his statement.

“I’ve retired”

This is my own decision, thank you to those friends who have supported me, I hope you all will not be sad. In the future I will continue being active in the scene, as a commentator or coach. I remember my earliest days playing professionally, at that time I did not understand what esports really was, and hadn’t realized that money could be made in this way, that it could be a line of work. It was purely because of my own passions and interest that I played this game.

That earliest generation of players probably all had similar attitudes, back then we were all still young, we danced with our youthfulness to the melodies of our own esports journeys. We fought for our own dreams!

I…….. couldn’t stop myself at all, no matter if it was my parents or teachers words, nothing could make me turn back, prevent me from continuing on step by step towards my own dreams.

All these years, against the pressures of family, criticism online, I achieved one after another world title, my dreams and my glories hit their peak! Here I want to thank each and every one of my teammates, it was you guys that allowed me to achieve these heights, thank you to my managers/bosses and fans for their support and belief in me, these things allowed me to have the motivation to go on.

Source: http://t.qq.com/p/t/275572111189494

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Chinese social summary — Chinese New Year edition

Link to previous issue: Dec 29 — Jan 10

Everyone’s home celebrating and stuff so there’s actually not much… Took a selection of Chinese New Year wishes and some other random stuff.

rOtK

Basketball (with pics): “Since going on break I’ve been practicing hard for 10 days now, after the break you’re all done!” [mentioned ChuaN, LaNm, Mushi, fy, and Yao in his challenge]

IceFrog

Dog and invoker: “Every time an Invoker uses Chaos Meteor, my dog barks”
Chinese New Year customs (with pics): “My girlfriend decorated my room, and gave me a red packet, telling me to put the packet beneath my pillow. But why does the packet need to go under your pillow?”
Chinese New Year wishes: “Happy Year of the Horse everyone, good luck and success to all!”

Ferrari_430

New year and travels (with pic): “Gone home for the year. Results in the past year haven’t been that satisfying, hope the new year brings better tidings. PS: The Wuhan airport doesn’t even have any checks in place for luggage, what if someone accidentally or purposely took someone else’s?”

ChuaN

Kyxy should get this in his cosmetic item set: “Kyxy WR Aegis”

ZSMJ

New Year wishes and item set: “Happy New Year all! I’ve got a Storm Spirit set made for me, go help and click like, don’t leave me with no new clothes to wear in the new year! Remember to like and comment and all of the pieces and favorite! Love you all, and I wish you all riches and happiness.”

Fy

New Year party (with pic): [At the VG Chinese New Year party,] Fy, for an iPhone 5s downed an entire cup of baijiu, what a man, good job!

xiao8

Mahjong (with pics): “Dragged my luggage with me to come play mahjong, I’m a charity gambler”
G-League thoughts: “Even though it was a 3-0, but I feel Chinese events are more fun to watch than foreign events”

Ruru

LGD’s Chinese New Year party (with pics): “Happy year-end party! Hope that 2014 is a wonderful year!”

ddc

Terrorblade: “TB is indeed the hardest late game carry.”

Zhou

TongFu porridge (with pic): “New year gifts”

Sansheng

Chinese New Year: “I wish everyone happy new year, success in your goals and results in your endeavors!!”

Faith

Chinese New Year: “Happy New Year to all. Good health, joyousness, and I hope every day can be filled with laughter, hahahaha~”

Mushi

Chinese New Year: “Happy new year! I wish everyone great luck in the year of the horse! Smooth sailing, and to get everything you want”

Bonus ZSMJ gif: 460

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