Dotaland weekly recap: Mar 21 — Mar 27, 2013

G-1 Champions League Season 5 is in full swing and phase three is just about to kick off, led off by a Phase 3 preview on the G-1 portal. On top of that, check out all sorts of interviews with players from many different participating G-1 teams. Additionally, this week saw debate on esports in the mainstream in China, with a very well-written newspaper article summing up many useful points — worth a read. All this and more, below!

Mar 21

For.Love adds KingJ and Zippo

For.Love adds two veteran players shortly before their G-1 debut. Results were not ideal, but understandable. The roster looks promising on paper, surely For.Love will be back stronger!

G-1 interviews: For.Love.KingJ, RSnake.LaNm

New For.Love member KingJ talks about his reappearance on the scene, LaNm shares his thoughts on his new team and G-1.

Mar 22

G-1 interview: VG.CTY

VG’s carry player CTY talks about what it’s like to now be in the same club as ZSMJ, and more, in this G-1 interview.

Perfect World’s Dota team making moves

A short update on what Perfect World are up to, and the status of Dota 2’s launch in China.

Mar 24

G-1 interviews: RSnake.Icy, TongFu.Mu

Icy shares insights on Gyro, thoughts for G-1, Mu gives thoughtful answers

Mar 25

Chinese Esports National Team incoming? …And related debates of esports in the mainstream

In this article that first appeared in a Chinese newspaper, we touch on mainstream understanding and acceptance of esports in China, along with hints that government organizations are looking to support esports in a major way in the future.

Mar 26

G-1 Phase 3 preview; interview with Chains.Johnny

Looking at the 8 teams that have made it this far, their strengths and weaknesses, and what to watch for. Also, a link to an interview with Chains’ Johnny.

 

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Dotaland weekly recap: Mar 14 — Mar 20, 2013

Big news this week was TongFu making roster changes, with LGD.cn involved to a lesser degree. Worth a read is the G-League reflection piece by Felix, and worth a watch is the Gamefy bit on ZSMJ. Happily, things haven’t cooled down since G-League ended, with G-1 Champions League Season 5 kicking off with its qualification stages, so we’re set for more Chinese Dota action to come!

Mar 13

YYF interviewed live on talk show Live On Three

I’ll be honest, this didn’t live up to expectations. Sure, it was nice, and sure, it was new, but some of the questions were awkward, others were shallow, while yet other questions were mistranslated entirely. Still, it was cool for what it was, so yeah.

Mar 14

TongFu makes changes

LongDD and Veronica leave TongFu, replaced by banana and yAobAi. LongDD in turn goes to LGD.cn, where he is trying out to replace DD, who is on leave for health reasons.

Gamefy visits ZSMJ and VG; fan-made Dota documentary coming

In this snippet of Gamefy’s daily gaming roundup show, they visit ZSMJ at his new digs in the VG team house and talk to him about his choice. Later on, Gamefy covers an upcoming fan-made documentary on Dota in China. Worth a few minutes to watch!

Mar 16

“G-League through my eyes”

This is a post G-League finals writeup by 17173’s Felix, partially in response to an earlier fan piece criticizing many aspects of the production and execution of the G-League finals earlier this month. Some good insight in here.

Mar 17

G-1 Champions League Season 5 phase one elimination report

Wrapup and summary of early matches in the G-1 Season 5 qualification process. G-1 League is ramping up!

 

Dotaland (bi)weekly recap: Feb 28 — Mar 13, 2013

The Chinese New Year holidays over, G-League finally saw its Grand Finals, and those finals witnessed iG taking a well-deserved victory. In other news, ZSMJ seems to have found a new home with VG, 17173 brings a new show based on finding new talent, and Perfect World partners up with Gamefy to bring a million-yuan Dota2 league to China. Last but not least, LanM shares with us an extremely insightful view into his life as a pro-gamer. All this and more, as the Dota scene in China picks up steam anew after their big holiday!

Feb 28

Chronicles of LanM: parts 4-5

Chronicles of LanM: parts 6-9

PLT/LanM’s deeply personal writing documenting his time in the pro scene, and how it has affected his life, his dreams, and more. Profound reading, definitely a bit sad, but provides a level of insight into the scene that is rarely available. Translated on Dotaland in three parts. (Oh, and yes, I know technically it’s “LaNm”, but this is what I’ve stylized it as for a while, so whatever. :P)

17173 introduces new weekly show focused on finding new talent

Every Friday evening, 17173 will have an episode of their new show, which focuses on giving newcomers — teams and players alike — a platform to learn, develop, and make a name for themselves in the hopes of joining the pro scene.

Mar 1

ZSMJ joining VG

Instead of having a team entirely his own, sponsored by someone related to LGD, as was rumored before, ZSMJ has joined VG instead. As of yet, his team’s roster has not been confirmed, although it is hinted that Chisbug will no longer be with him, while some of his other previously confirmed teammates will likely stay. This marks a second official Dota2 squad for VG.

Mar 6

RisingStars replaces PrettyHaw with xiaotuji

Xiaotuji, formerly of Noah’s Ark, joins RisingStars, replacing PrettyHaw.

Gamefy G-League preview and predictions

Their preview favored iG heavily, and it all proved to be correct, as iG swept to a 3-1 victory. Nonetheless, the writeup has some good analysis of the various positions and roles between the teams, with head to head comparisons and predictions. Worth a read even after the finals have ended.

Mar 8

Perfect World and Gamefy announce partnership

Said partnership will bring about a 1 million RMB Dota2 league in China, about the equivalent of 160k USD. Big money and ambitious undertones from Dota2’s official Chinese publisher, and now it looks like with the addition of Gamefy, one of China’s longest standing esports media organizations has joined the effort. Dota2 definitely on the upswing for 2013!

Mar 9

iG takes G-League Season 2 over LGD.int

By a score of 3-1, almost exactly as predicted, iG stormed to what most people viewed as an inevitable victory. LGD.int put up a good fight in games 3 and 4, but ultimately their early 2-0 deficit was too much to overcome. Well-deserved win, with a dominant overall performance by iG in this G-League.

Dotaland weekly recap: The two-week “not much is going on” version, Feb 14 — 27, 2013

Missed DOTALAND? Worry not — in the interests of keeping things, well, interesting, last week’s recap was skipped in favor of consolidating recaps in the face of a general lack of news and pieces to report on and translate. In the span of the past two weeks, with everyone still recovering from the once-a-year Lunar New Year holiday across Asia, happenings haven’t picked up much, but nonetheless, the world of Dota has provided just enough to keep us all on our toes.

A preview of G-League has us looking forward to March 9, SGamer brings us some humorous critique of the average Dota player, ZSMJ pops up again with rumors of his team joining VG, Perfect World continues their efforts for Dota2 in China with rumors of a TI3 qualifier, and finally, LanM pulls us into his world with some well-written accounts of his path so far.

Feb 18

Gamefy G-League preview, hype piece, by BBC

Not only does BBC appropriately hype up the upcoming G-League finals, but he also does so while giving some insight and reflection on esports as it has grown from his point of view.

Feb 19

SGamer’s Top 10 Factors Holding Players Back

A bit of a humorous take, this nonetheless covers many relevant topics in things to improve on for the average Dota player. Lots of good advice here, and some jokes, this makes a good read in case you’ve got half an hour and want to read something.

Feb 24

ZSMJ and team join VG? Perfect World to host TI3 qualifiers?

The rumors suggest that ZSMJ’s team will become VG’s second official competitive squad, following the breakdown of ZSMJ’s previously lined up sponsor. Perfect World is rumored to be planning qualifiers for TI3, to come complete with a substantial prize pool.

Feb 26

The Chronicles of LanM: “Stories of Yesteryear” [part 1-3]

A nine-part series penned by LanM himself, this is a sentimental, detailed, and personal accounting of his own path in esports. It touches on his struggles, where he’s coming from, and more. Another classic piece in esports insight, Dotaland will bring parts 4 through 9 in the next few days.

 

 

Dotaland weekly recap: Feb 7 — Feb 13, 2013

This week saw the Lunar New Year holiday kick off all across Asia. News has been slow. We had iG wishing us all a good holiday, a very well-written analysis piece of BurNIng, and the highlight of the week undoubtedly goes to the iG.YYF documentary. A sparse week in terms of quantity, but absolutely not lacking in quality. Read on and take a look…

Feb 9

iG wishes a joyous Lunar New Year to all

In this video, iG’s players, from every squad, wish all their fans a happy Chinese New Year.

Feb 10

DK.BurNIng playstyle and skills analysis

Following the iG.YYF playstyle and skills analysis (also translated on Dotaland, here), Gamefy brings us another in-depth look at a renowned player, this time in the form of one of Dota’s greatest carries.

Feb 11

The life and times of iG.YYF

For the holiday, and in anticipation of his appearance at the upcoming G-League finals in Shanghai, Gamefy produced an exquisitely-made video looking into YYF’s past. This was the highlight of this week, and rightly so.

Dotaland weekly recap: Jan 31 — Feb 6, 2013

Still a relatively slow week, as we’re now in the final days of the year of the Dragon. Next up is the year of the Snake, and our players and teams across China have all taken to their homes to celebrate the passing of the year with their friends and family. This week saw news of an earthquake and the perseverence of Dota players in the face of it, a video from 820, an analysis of YYF, and a few other things. Check it all out at Dotaland!

Feb 1

Earthquake uncovers best Dota teammates ever

There was a mild earthquake in China, and this guy’s teammates at the time played through it for the sake of finishing the game. Foolish? Perhaps, but the line between bravery and folly is thin.

Feb 3

Gamefy playstyle and skills analysis of iG.YYF

Pretty in depth look at the machine that is iG.YYF. A good read if you’re always looking to pick at the details of what make great players who they are.

Feb 4

820: Behind the Glory

In this video, where we’ve provided translated subtitles, 820 shows up and updates fans a bit on his latest tribulations and triumphs since his retirement.

Feb 5

Gamefy Best of 2012 vote

Otherwise known as the “iG team of the year 2012” vote. You can go vote for iG too, just click the link. Oh, and there are some other players listed as well, for some odd reason.

Chinese Dota2 beta codes steadily approaching

Players can now check via a page provided by Perfect World whether or not they’ve made it into the first two waves of beta invites.

Best teammates ever: Dotaers play through an earthquake in Liaoning, China

Original: http://dota.sgamer.com/201301/news-detail-162944.html

Dotaland note: Thinking about ragequitting? Think again. Read this story of Dota players that played through a recent earthquake in China, as told by one of their teammates in that game…

What would you do if there was an earthquake? It would seem that the first thought in most people’s minds would be to escape to somewhere safe, yet there are also those whose answers to this question may be a little less typical: first make a post on weibo, or withdraw savings from the bank, or call their significant other… Well, last week there was a 5.1 magnitude quake in Liaoning province. Fortunately there were no casualties, but we’ve since learned that in the midst of the shaking, at least one Dota player refused to leave his game and persisted until the end. What an amazing teammate!

The happenings as described by one of their teammates in game:

“At the time I happened to be playing Dota on the 11 platform. Where I was, in Dalian, had no shaking from this quake so I didn’t know right away that there had been an earthquake. However, due to my lovely teammates, I quickly learned of it.”

“The opposing team was Weaver, Warlock, Skeleton King, Lion, and Keeper. We were Alchemist (me), Storm Spirit, Silencer, Centaur Warrunner, and Jakiro. Their Keeper had been following me in lanes since the beginning of the game, wherever I went, he went. And the Lion and Weaver would also visit me from time to time, the result being that I died three times right off the bat, so I went straight to the jungle afterwards to play some single-player with the jungle creeps.”

“Fortunately, our Storm Spirit was beastly, and kept us close; the match went on quite evenly. As the game went on and respective tactics came online, under the leadership of our Storm Spirit bro, we slowly gained an upper hand. Later on though, our Jakiro disconnected, and with Weaver and Skeleton King as two late game carries on the other side, I began to have worries in my heart.”

“It was when I was again in the jungle fighting off a crowd of creeps that it happened: our Centaur Warrunner let out a cry of ‘earthquake!’. I was confused at first, there are ten heroes here and there’s no Sand King?? Is this a new way of referring to some other tactic? And then our Storm Spirit and Silencer both echoed this statement, and I finally understood that there had been a real earthquake outside.”

Key points of chat screenshot:

Alchemist: “where are you guys located?”
Centaur: “Shenyang” (Liaoning province)Storm: “Liaoning”
Silencer: “Shenyang”
Centaur: “After we finish this game, I’ll rush downstairs”

“Seeing this, I was touched; what professionalism, dedication! Centaur Warrunner bro, you are gambling your life to play Dota here!”

“Realizing that I had originally lost hope after our Jakiro disconnected, and then seeing this dedication, I was more than a little bit embarrased with myself. Silencer added on to the brave face my teammates had put up, boldly stating ‘What is there to fear? I’m on the 29th floor and I’m not even scared’. Truly amazed, I imagined in my mind a wobbling room on the 29th floor of a tall building, with my teammates risking their lives for Dota inside the room. That is truly dedication! These are godlike teammates! And I suddenly found an infinite spring of energy within me! Lothar’s, Mjolnir, Skull Basher, with smoke we successfully ganked a Weaver.”

“After that, under the leadership of our six-slotted Storm Spirit, our Silencer with Aegis, with me tagging along, we sucecssfully broke all three lanes of barracks. These three teammates of mine in this game have really left an impression on me. This was gambling with their lives to play out a Dota game, godlike teammates! To them I say, I hope you are all safe and sound!”

PS: Even though the spirit and dedication displayed here was admirable, it is still recommended to get to a safe place first in times of natural disaster.