Speed Gaming recruiting for a second squad

Speed/Rattlesnake posted today on their official Weibo account a call for applications, the goal being to secure a second Dota 2 squad. Some paraphrasing of translations below, main details all intact. It’s for Chinese players specifically (for their CN squad, I guess) so if you know Chinese players that have dreams of playing professionally, share this.

SPG eSports Club invites all Dotaers across China with dreams of playing professionally! As long as you are confident in your ability, as long as you believe you possess exceptional skill in a particular area, then come prove yourself to us! This recruitment competition is hosted by Speed Gaming, the goal being to discover new Dota players within China and provide them the means to play professionally.

Details:
First stage — Jan 17 to 19
Second stage — Jan 23 to 25
1. All interested should join QQ group 340687245 (and carefully read the attached files in the group)
2. All who join the QQ group may freely assemble and recruit for teams within, but may not change rosters after the competition has begun. Format will be a round robin, points based, but may not be limited to only this. Upon final conclusion of the event we will select 10 top players to join us in Shanghai for a bootcamp, taking place from Feb 15 to March 2. Expenses will be covered in full by SPG during this time, including fares to return home for the 5 who are eliminated out of the starting 10.
3. The final 5 who make it to the end will become SPG second team, signing official contracts as professional players, and participate in the next WPC-ACE League for the best in real-world challenges.

As long as you have the ability, then you will have a chance. We will have professional coaching staff on hand to direct the entire process, and we do not wish to miss any talent! If you have a dream in Chinese Dota, then present yourself now, SPG awaits!

Source: http://t.qq.com/p/t/361643103745165

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Redbull ECL 2014 info and schedule

All dates and times below are in China Standard Time (UTC +8). Just updated schedule with latest info.

Dates: Jan 3 – Jan 7, 2014
Location: Beijing, China
Teams: iG, DK, Titan, TongFu (VG and LGD will be attending the D2L finals in Vegas starting Jan 6)
Prizepool: 130k RMB (21k USD)
Format: BO2 round robin into a 4-team seeding, elimination stage uses BO3 with matchups determined by seedings

Jan 3 – matches begin at 3:45 PM. DK vs Titan, then DK vs TongFu, then TongFu vs Titan
Jan 4 – matches begin at 4:15 PM. DK vs iG, then iG vs TongFu, then iG vs Titan
Jan 5 – matches begin at 4:45 PM. Elimination day 1 (4 teams –> 3)
Jan 6 – matches begin at 4:45 PM. Elimination day 2 (3 teams –> 2)
Jan 7 – matches begin at 5:30 PM. Grand Finals

Other games at ECL 2014 are SC2, Hearthstone, and CS:GO, in case you’re interested.

Chinese stream page: http://www.cespc.com/html/tvol/

Sources: http://www.cespc.com/html/2013/news_1224/3885.htmlhttp://www.cespc.com/html/2013/news_1231/3962.htmlhttp://www.cespc.com/html/2014/news_0102/3972.html

71 has indeed joined DK

Previously we talked about the possibility of EHOME’s coach and manager, 71, returning to the esports scene after a long hiatus. 71 himself had said before that LaNm, BurNIng, and MMY are amongst his biggest prides in his esports management and coaching career, while LaNm and BurNIng have also publicly reciprocated, listing 71 as the most important person in their careers. Indeed, with these players as core members of his EHOME teams of old, 71 has long since established himself as a legendary contributor.

Recently, DK won the Fengyun Hegemony Cup, a mid-tier event, and just last night, they won their first large Dota 2 event, the million-RMB 2013 WPC-ACE League.

At the WPC-ACE League Finals, 71 was present and once again had an impact. His players thanked him and on multiple occasions outlined his influence in helping them turn things around, with LaNm noting that 71 had been with them and helping them since they returned late last year after MLG.

He was also the one in this gif, first celebrating outside the glass, then rushing into the room to celebrate with his players. 71’s joining seems to have been that final push that DK needed to break their long-standing streaks, and the ingredients are certainly there for 2014 to be the year of DK… just as 2010 was the year of EHOME.

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Dota 2 Chinese scene end of 2013 best-of voting

UUU9 and the Association for Chinese Esports (ACE) are holding a year-end vote for best-of awards in Chinese Dota 2. The categories are: MVP, Best Team, Best 1 position, Best 2 position, Best 3 position, Best 4 position, Best 5 position, and Best Newcomer.

So far, the early results look like it will be a Team DK sweep, with fan-favorites DK leading every category except for Best Newcomer, in which VG’s fy holds a strong position.

Click here to vote: http://dota2.uuu9.com/best/index.html

Top row: MVP, Best Team, Best 1 position, Best 2 position  Bottom row: Best 3 position, Best 4 position, Best 5 position, Best Newcomer

Top row: MVP, Best Team, Best 1 position, Best 2 position Bottom row: Best 3 position, Best 4 position, Best 5 position, Best Newcomer

 

Dota 2 Store nearing official launch in China

The Dota 2 Store is nearing official launch in China, after what has seemed like ages. According to Anderson Wang, former Dota 2 commentator (interviewer at TI2), current Perfect World employee, they are performing final tests and checks on the Dota 2 Store before it officially launches in China. This means that Chinese players will no longer have to go through third parties or use VPNs to buy from the international store, they’ll have native access with local payment options right in their Chinese Dota 2 client.

Source: http://t.qq.com/p/t/356118005631679

ACE Alliance Events Director, Efeng (iG CEO) resigns from ACE

Efeng, CEO of iG, had previously held one of the top three ranking roles at the governing ACE Alliance for Chinese esports. As of yesterday, he has left his duties with ACE. Here is his resignation letter below:

I’ve officially resigned from my D.ACE role as Events Director, and I want to clarify a few things.

1. Reason for resignation

I’ve always said what needed to be said, and have never been afraid to take blame when necessary. But the recent treatment of King (ACE Alliance top official) has really left a bitter taste. He’s put everything into serving the esports scene, yet when his own club (Club WE, famed in LoL and with a long history, but no Dota team in the past few years, the club has seen declining fortunes in the last year and recently has seen instability hit hard) faces difficulties, all he gets in return are sarcasm, taunting, and people making light of the situation. I think that if the same thing happened to me, it would be even worse than King. So I might as well call an early end to it, so you all can celebrate once and be done with it.

Another is, iG in this past year hasn’t been in ideal shape, so I do not hope to see what happened to King’s WE happening to us [at iG] as well. If you want to label me as incompetent that’s fine, or say I’m running away that’s okay too, my only hope is to help iG operate steadily and stably onwards from now. ACE itself now has lots of capable individuals who can handle all aspects, and thus no longer even needs me around.

2. D.ACE

Don’t go throwing around any more talk about how D.ACE is working to help LoL. If the clubs involved simply wanted to kill off Dota, then merely having each club disband their respective Dota squads would be enough. Which club has a profitable Dota squad right now? Clubs are working to protect and grow Dota 2, with the hope that it can successfully take the torch from Dota 1 and become as hot as it once was in China. This was why ACE was formed, to protect and maintain order within the scene.

Secondly, ACE’s decisions to date have all come absent of outside influence. All criticism of ACE should come from reality first — This year’s losses at TI3 came with ACE, last year’s win at TI2 also came while ACE existed, no difference in that respect. Those who claim ACE denied events from happening, please stand up and provide proof of your claims. And at least since I’ve been appointed this role, I haven’t felt that Dota events are more sparse than in other games. If there is an event with a lack of ACE clubs, then it must have been because the clubs or players didn’t want to go, because where is the reasoning otherwise?

3. ACE Alliance Chairman

From the establishment of ACE, we needed a person who could lead, so King was selected unanimously. Regardless of personal support or not, everyone agreed on him as best for this role (professionally). This role would have no salary, no glory, we all knew that this role would be Scapegoat number 1.

Saying things like “if you don’t want to do it then don’t do it, no one is begging you here”, to those people I must tell you, it was indeed the respective clubs that begged him to do it. I was the one that most wanted to vote against his appointment, but even I couldn’t suggest which person would be able to perform the role in a way that would satisfy all of the players, sponsors, clubs, media, and fans. Since ACE solidified its presence this year, King has brought up multiple times that he wanted to resign, but looking inside, who is there that can keep all the clubs happy while also not presenting a large conflict of interest?

4. The players

At the end of May this year when I was appointed Events Director, I was firm in requesting that we take into account players’ thoughts. If there were players that were unhappy with something then I would absolutely not accept things, and thank you to Yao and Director 8 for their support at the time. For me, I cannot necessarily claim that I’ve contributed much, because honestly I don’t feel that I did that much, but at least in the past six months I have not done anything to let anyone down. And also in the past six months I’ve felt that Dota players have become more and more mature, have become better and better in coordinating with the clubs and ACE, and have grown to be more understanding of each other. This is all great for the growth of our scene, thank you all!

Just as it is for the players, it should be for those who truly love Dota, I think we must support ACE. I hope we can all calmy realize ACE’s role and extent of power. ACE represents the various clubs, yet the clubs are the most important element in this professional scene. Each ACE decision is come upon by the clubs collectively, so, if you support the clubs yet still say you are against ACE, this is a contradiction. For the players it is the same, ACE looks forward to the day when a players’ alliance emerges, because this also represents advancement in our industry.

As for Dota 2, strong opposition is ahead, hard competition is following behind. Only if players and clubs and fans can come together, is there hope to stand strong amongst these challenges. Which of us has not grown up playing Dota? So if we can each give our bit to help, things will be better. On the other hand, you could continue flaming players, ACE, the clubs… back then on the Replays.net forums, the forum flamers alongside select editors did just that, they flamed, and did they save Warcraft 3? In reality they caused the events and clubs at the time to hasten their demise, because no one wants to be flamed. There’s not much money to be made in the first place, so why continue on just to have your name dragged through mud?

Of course I must also thank the clubs, players, media, and friends within the scene for their support in helping Dota have more and more events and competitions nowadays. And thank you to you all for your support of my work these past few months. If ACE requires assistance in the future I will of course offer everything I have. I hope the Dota scene can come together closer, such that Dota 2 can reach the heavens. 🙂

Source: http://t.qq.com/p/t/339012110317551

Zhou and ZSMJ switch roles for TongFu… (fan reactions)

In the D2L East playoffs between DK and TongFu, we saw that Zhou appeared on the 4 position, while ZSMJ took up carry duties. While the results started off amazingly, in the end they were mixed as TongFu took an early game 1 then proceeded to drop the next 2 games and lose the series 1-2. Nonetheless, is this the beginning of what can be said to be a big change for Chinese Dota 2 fans?

Zhou, carry and captain of TI2 champions iG, moving to the 4 role is a big piece of news in itself, and the potential return of the famed Z-God, ZSMJ himself to the hard carry role is another.

Select fan reactions below:

“As a ZSMJ fan, you may be overjoyed at this news, but please don’t disregard the other carry’s hard work and persistence. Zhou has played carry and been captain for so many years, always thinking of the team first. Seeing Zhou no longer as the carry makes me sad, the feeling of which is probably similar to how ZSMJ fans felt when they first saw him playing support with VG. Zhou’s transition, as a fan, to me signals the end of an era, but I will always support you, no matter what team, what position, you will always be captain and carry in my heart.”

“I respect Zhou. Add oil ZSMJ, add oil Zhou, add oil TongFu”

“B-God’s recent fortunes haven’t been that much better than these two. If we talk about rising carries, it would be xiaotuji and Sylar.”

“Is this really the end of another era? Once led a Chinese team to TI champions, once commanded the respect of teams around the world, once stood amongst the ranks of the Big 3 Carries. I don’t know how it must feel to have so much pressure under all this. Drafting pressures, the pressures of carrying. As captain, even more responsibilities in terms of helping the team establish early game, picking the team up in times of difficulty, these are not things that every player can handle. I hope we can all give a bit more support, and a bit less negativity.”

“ZSMJ says, Zhou-god buy chicken”

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