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.

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Dotaland weekly recap: Jan 24 — Jan 30, 2013

It’s been a bit of a slow news week, with the big Chinese New Year holiday beginning to ramp up for the next two weeks or so. iG announced some special holiday events, including an upcoming YYF documentary, ChuaN started streaming on Twitch, and VG picked up PIS/YaphetS… sorta. The official Chinese Dota2 website also went live, so there’s that too.

Jan 24

G-League finals to feature MC HotDog

The famous rapper to make a headlining appearance alongside big name rockstar Zhang Zhenyue, announced the week before

iG special events during Chinese New Year holiday

Over the upcoming week-plus Chinese New Year holiday, iG and its players will be bringing fans various specials. ChuaN first streamed on the Chinese YY platform (and Dotaland provide a quick and dirty guide to accessing that), and is now streaming semi-regularly on Twitch. 430 also streamed on YY, and there’s a YYF documentary coming too.

Official Dota2 Chinese portal site is now live

The drums of the Chinese influx into the world of Dota2 beat ever closer, as the official site, by Perfect World, has gone live. It features a full set of forums, beta activation and signup links, lots of artwork, and translated versions of hero descriptions as well as the Dota2 comic by Valve, “Are We Heroes Yet?”. Interestingly, it also seems that Perfect World has been putting resources into developing guides and detailed descriptions for players looking to learn, which could prove to be a valuable resource in the future.

Jan 25

What are they up to now? Retired pros SJQ/Crystal and 820 open up a snack shop

According to this news, their online shops selling computer peripherals were so successful that they partnered together and opened a shop selling snacks — mostly the sort Chinese gamers would welcome during a long gaming session. Interesting little bit of fluff.

Jan 28

Vici Gaming picks up pub team Greedy, featuring a certain PIS/YaphetS

The word on the street is that this ‘second squad’ of VG’s will, for now, only play in online Dota1 competitions. So it isn’t a complete comeback by PIS… but, for the optimistic fans out there, it is a start nonetheless.

 

Dotaland weekly recap: Jan 16 – Jan 23, 2013

Well, we expected this week to be relatively quiet, but it really wasn’t. This week started off with two brand new teams being announced. Coincidentally, they’re both “RS” team names, so don’t get them confused! In that regard, Dotaland has you covered, as we translated their debut announcements and in the case of one, translated an interview with RisingStars’ manager. This interview revealed one tidbit that led to the biggest news of the week: that ZSMJ’s as-yet-unnamed new team has completed its roster.

In non-team related news, there is stuff on Dota2 localization, Chinese official server beta date, and more, all on Dotaland!

As a side note, next week will mark the 150th post in the less than five months since Dotaland started. A big thanks to everyone for your enthusiasm and readership, and here’s to more Dota!

Also, new Dotaland Twitter up and running. All new posts will be updated there, as well as any other random things. Follow and spread the word!

 

Jan 16

New team, RisingStars Gaming, announced

Bringing old members of Noah’s Ark and DT^Club back together for another go at Dota2 glory.

Jan 17

More localization hurdles for Dota2 in China

The week before it was dissatisfaction with localized and translated voice work, this week it’s bumps in the visuals of Dota2…

Jan 18

LanM is back, with new team RattleSnake Gaming

Alongside Kabu, Luo, and more!

Jan 19

Chinese Dota2 local server beta confirmed for March

Pretty much as the title says, we will be seeing a limited beta for the official Chinese servers in a few months now.

Jan 20

iG members play Dota2 with pop star JJ Lin…

…results are not pretty.

Jan 21

Interview with new team RisingStars manager Cc

Lots of insightful stuff into the new team, and a small tidbit of news that led to our next post…

ZSMJ’s new team roster complete

We already knew about ZSMJ, chisbug, and Z-god’s two friends from Dota-like game ‘Zhensan’, but the fifth player was never confirmed until now.

Jan 22

Redditor denunciator chronicles 2009, 820

Well-written, well-researched, these give an overview of the rise of some of Dota’s greatest stars.

Dotaland weekly recap: Jan 2 — Jan 8, 2013

We have no less than 5 interviews from G-League this week. In addition, we have two spectacularly insightful pieces recapping 2012, direct from insiders in the Chinese Dota scene. And in other news, iG’s reserve team event continues, and Tencent crowns iG.Dota the Best Esports Team of 2012. All this and more, below!

Jan 3

iG promo series in the process of selecting an iG reserve team

A nation-wide tour of universities sponsored by Lenovo, iG is holding an amateur tournament where the winners, hand-picked by iG players, will have a chance to compete for the ultimate glory of wearing the iG tag in future Dota competitions.

Jan 4

iG wins Tencent’s Esports Team of the Year

Tencent, no without recent controversies against Dota2, held an end of year esports vote. The best team award went to iG, while YYF took second in best esports player.

G-League semi-finals interview with LGD.DD/Sc and LGD.Nicholas

Read some of the thoughts of LGD.cn after their narrow victory over VG to advance into the G-League semi-finals.

G-League semi-finals interview with TongFu.Sansheng

TongFu’s Sansheng shares some thoughts after defeating ForLove to qualify for G-League semi-finals.

Jan 5

G-League interview with LGD.God.int

LGD.int’s God talks a bit after their win over TongFu in the G-League, and also pokes fun at Brax.

Jan 6

iG CEO Efeng recaps 2012

The CEO of iG, former manager of PanDa, and general Chinese esports insider shares his thoughts and reflections on the past year in Chinese esports. Very insightful read!

Jan 7

Top 10 Stories in 2012 Chinese Dota

A look back at the Chinese Dota scene of 2012. Quite well-written and covers a lot too.

Jan 7

G-League interview with iG.Faith — full of confidence against LGD.cn

Faith speaks about their prospects of making it to the G-League finals, and a bit more.

Jan 8

iG.ChuaN will not allow LGD.int to win G-League

The ChuaN has spoken. He also answers some questions on iG’s teamfights and stuff.

Perfect World internal document suggests March beta for Chinese servers?

It’s a leak! Or is it?

 

 

 

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

 

 

Dotaland weekly recap: Dec 19 — Dec 25, 2012

This was an action-packed week, as we started off with The Asia and towards the end of the week kicked off the highly-anticipated G-League offline event in Shanghai. LGD won the former, and ForLove have posted a huge upset in the first match of the latter. We’ve got interviews with players from both teams this week posted.

Perhaps just as interesting were a few other snippets that revealed no less than THREE NEW TEAMS potentially coming from the Chinese scene: iG to form a new squad, recruited and trained by iG’s current players themselves; TongFu possibly forming an international squad; and former WE captain xiaoluo, former TongFu player Kabu, and former EHOME powerhouse LaNm coming together as the core of another new team.

For all the goods, check below! Thanks for reading Dotaland and be sure to comment if you have anything to say.

Dec 19

LGD.cn lookin’ good

Bit of fluff: pictures of LGD.cn modeling their team uniforms

Dec 20

iG team interview reveals a new iG squad coming soon?

Additionally, iG players talk a bit about each other

Dec 20

The Asia venue pic in Kuala Lumpur

Looked quite the venue

Dec 21

Old pro ZhaoYun suggests that TongFu.int is on the way

And he also talks his return to Dota, and has some choice words for LoL

Dec 22

xiaoluo, LaNm, and Kabu returning together with a new team

The former WE captain, EHOME core player, and former TongFu player three of five in a new un-named team

Dec 24

The Asia interview with LGD.dd

Wherein he promises that LGD will bring the title back to China…

Dec 24

LGD.cn wins The Asia 2012, interview with xiao8

… and LGD delivers. Here, xiao8 talks about their win, with some analysis for us

Dec 25

Pre G-League interview with ForLove.Hanci

Relatively low-key interview; who would have thought that FL would go on to 2-0 DK in the opening match of G-League?!

Dec 25

G-League 2012 Dota2 Finals begin in Shanghai

Schedule, stream links, groups, etc

Dotaland weekly recap: Dec 4 — Dec 11, 2012

Tencent and their misinformation post most certainly brought about the biggest talking point of all posts on Dotaland in an otherwise quiet post-WCG week. Speaking of WCG, two post-WCG pieces are worth a minute: iG vs DK shouting match is a minute of “behind-the-scenes” during matchtime for these two teams, quirky, while the opinion piece reflecting on DK shows some insight into sentiments of DK after recent disappointments. Rounding off this week is a big treat for fans everywhere: the official English subtitled version of the G-1 Dota2 theme song featuring Chinese pros such as xiao8, BurNing, Zhou, and more — be sure to check that out!!

Dec 4

iG and DK compete outside of Dota… by shouting at each other

 

Playing at WCG, iG and DK were sat near each other at one point. They half-jokingly, half-competitively started shouting responses to each others’ commands to their own team… ChuaN gets in on the fun near the end too.

Dec 5

GEST competition saw LGD and LGD.int go head to head for the first time

 

LGD.int took the spoils in the end, but not before LGD went on an exhausting 12 hour run of matches to meet them in the finals

Dec 5

Opinion piece: DK, the forlorn kings

 

A 17173 writer reflects on DK’s slide from grace after their nine first place finishes in 2011…

Dec 7

LGD.cn will be the only Chinese presence at The Asia this month in Kuala Lumpur

 

Can they take it all? Groups and schedule revealed

Dec 9

Tencent, owners of Riot Games and LoL, fire the first shot in Dota vs LoL flame war with incomprehensibly incorrect misinformation

 

UUU9.com, a Chinese site, flames back point-by-point in this train-wreck of an opening battle in the rivalry between the generation’s biggest games

Dec 10

Dotaland brings official English subbed version of the G-1 Dota2 theme song

 

Entitled “My First Person View”, it is many Chinese pros singing about the trials, tribulations, and triumphs in their Dota lives