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

 

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For.Love rumored to be making changes

For.Love’s hanci posted yesterday on his weibo: “The time to leave has come” — this comes after poor performances by For.Love in the Dota Super League, as well as failure to achieve a spot at the upcoming International 2013 in Seattle.

CZ, who had joined For.Love recently as a standin, is also said to be leaving the team, thus resulting in For.Love lacking players for two positions.

Fan comments lean towards agreeing that hanci was a weak link in the team and his departure is no loss, while CZ showed promise and For.Love should try to retain him.

Source: http://dota2.uuu9.com/201306/445064.shtml

Dota 2 Super League Preview

A quick preview of the groups and teams in the upcoming Dota 2 Super League…

The Dota 2 Super League (DSL) begins on May 10 in Shanghai, with 10 powerhouse teams congregating for a showdown via group stages, playoffs, elimination, and finals, for the chance at over 1 million RMB in prize money.

Group A sees a relatively larger gap in ability. Apart from it being expected that iG will top the group, all the other spots are up for grabs amongst the other teams.

1. iG: TI2 champions, widely recognized as the best team in the world currently, they’ve successfully dominated just about every major event in 2012 and 2013. Every position in the team is played at a world-class level. For iG, the only question is whether anyone else has the power in them to take them down, and challenge them for first in the group.
Star players: all of iG

2. LGD.cn: Third place at TI2, managed to defeat iG in G-1. However, they’ve undergone a series of changes lately, with LongDD leaving not long after joining, which highlights an element of instability within LGD.cn. Can LGD.cn show us a new face along with their recent changes?
Star players: xiao8, Sylar

3. Vici Gaming: A new team not long formed, yet the presence in their team of one of the three big carries of yesteryear, ZSMJ, brings a major talking point for viewers and competitors alike. Can VG achieve a top 3 finish in this group with such time-honored talent? And as a former LGD player, ZSMJ, who had once brought so much glory to his old team, will be looking to prove himself against them now. By his side, newcomer Cty is another point of interest to look forward to.
Star players: ZSMJ, Cty

4. TongFu: A team that seems to match the level of their opponents, strong when facing strong, weak when facing weak, they possess Hao and Mu, two top tier Chinese players, yet have been in terrible form recently. After switching out two players, can they re-discover their touch?
Star players: Hao, Mu

5. ForLove: One of the best of the second tier Chinese teams, ForLove has some history behind them, yet have always stuttered a bit when it came to results. They have fairly plentiful experience, yet haven’t found their own rhythm in making a breakthrough somewhere. Similar to TongFu, they’re appearing here after making rostre changes, and whether the changes will make the difference for them remains to be seen.
Star players: you, hanci

Group B sees a much closer spread in terms of team ability. Just who advances and who falls might come unpredictably. New teams in here may have new styles of play, DK itches to redeem themselves, and interest will be high in seeing whether LGD.int and Orange can break through in the Chinese scene.

1. DK: Predicting DK as first place here, isn’t necessarily because they are clear favorites in terms of ability in the group, but more because their past performances demand this kind of high expectation for them. They have the world’s greatest carry player, the Anti-Mage himself, BurNIng. They have trash talk king xB/rOtk, and they have Super, 357, and MMY, players who have won countless championships before. DK’s results in the past year have been poor, yet anyone who overlooks them does so at their own peril, because their experience and determination here will not be lacking — as long as they execute well, winning everything is not a dream
Star players: BurNIng, xB/rOtk

2. LGD.int: Runners up in the G-League 2012 Season 2, a team formed of players from five different countries. They train together with LGD.cn in Hangzhou, combining the light grace of European Dota with the steadiness of Chinese Dota, and this gives them more than enough to compete in group b. They’re the ‘foreigners’ Chinese team’.
Star players: God, Misery

3. Orange: The only true foreign team present here, representing the top of SEA Dota. Their star player and the heart of the team, Mushi, has been known for a long time with his stylish play and flashy antics. In the recent G-1 qualifiers, he led Orange to next offline stage, proving that they can stand amongst the best that China has to offer. As the sole truly non-Chinese team, can they make it all the way?
Star player: Mushi

4. RisingStars: Another new team, formed recently by former members of DT.Club and Noah’s Ark. They’ve got undeniable personal and team skill, but are lacking in match experience and adaptability. Their style tends to be over-aggressive, so a matchup with them in it is guaranteed to be exciting to watch. They also often bring out innovative tactics, and are a very imaginative team.
Star players: Super, Mofi

5. RattleSnake: A new team of old players, all of their members have rich experience. Their captain, Luo, is recognized as a master of strategy, and often brings unexpected picks and tactics. This team has been recognized as having great dark horse potential in the group.
Star players: Luo, LaNm

Source: http://dota2.17173.com/news/05062013/162347528_2.shtml

G-League semi-finals interview with TongFu.Sansheng

Original: http://gleague.gamefy.cn/view_28063.html

In last night’s G-League 2012 Season 2 Dota match, TongFu defeated ForLove by a score of 2-0 to advance to the semi-finals. Afterwards, we interviewed Sansheng, who had exceptional performance in the match. He not only gave us his thoughts on the match, but also responded to some rumors floating around on forums recently…

Gamefy: First off, congratulations to TongFu for their win over ForLove to advance to the semi-finals. Can Sansheng please analyze the match for us?

TongFu.Sansheng: Earlier today we had been talking about picking rosters better suited to us. Following adjustments from yesterday, we performed better today. Additionally, our opponent made some mistakes, so we managed to get the win.

Gamefy: After the match, (commentator) Haitao gave high marks for your performance, how do you rate yourself today?

TongFu.Sansheng: My performance today was indeed better than average, yesterday we were in relatively worse form. I actually don’t use Chen much, perhaps the opponent was unprepared for him.

Gamefy: In the semi-finals you will face LGD.int, have you guys analyzed this team before?

TongFu.Sansheng: Normally they often train with us. Their style and picks are all very precise and intentional. If it’s a pushing lineup, they can pull out many unexpected heroes, and create very logical combinations. They favor going hard with a defensive trilane against another trilane on the suicide lane, because foreign teams’ ace is early pushing. Each one of them has great individual ability; LGD.int is a formidable opponent.

Gamefy: Lately there has been quite a bit of talk regarding stuff about you, what’s that all about?

TongFu.Sansheng: To be honest, that’s all fake, because there really doesn’t exist anything of that sort. Some people have just spread falsehoods upon falsehoods, the resulting being very awkward for everyone. So, if all anyone has heard is rumors, there is no point at all to believe it.

Gamefy: If TongFu can defeat LGD.int, it will be the first time TongFu makes it to a G-League finals, and many of your fans will want to see this. Anything to say to these fans?

TongFu.Sansheng: Thank you to all the fans who have continued to support us, thank you to TongFu Bowl Porridge, and i-Rocks for their support, we will do our best to provide exciting matches for everyone.

 

 

LGD has a super fan…

Original: http://gleague.gamefy.cn/view_27997.html

Dotaland note: She’s a well-known model in China, half a million followers on weibo, yadayada… If you watched the Chinese G-League stream last night, there was a brief segment there where they only described her as a ‘fan’ of Dota’. Supposedly, she’s xiao8’s girlfriend — a common belief amongst Chinese fans. Some other people claim that she also used to be ZSMJ’s girlfriend. Would explain her love for LGD seen here (specifically, LGD.cn)……

 

 

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Mini interview with LGD.Yao: “Against ForLove we must go all out, it is a must-win”

Original: http://gleague.gamefy.cn/view_27971.html

Dotaland note: Yao talks a bit about their loss to LGD.int, and upcoming match with ForLove

Q: Hello, Emperor-Yao, say hi to our viewers at Gamefy?

Yao: Hi everyone, I am LGD’s Yao, Zhengzheng Yao!

Q: In your match just now, your team lost to your teammates LGD.int, can you outline the reasons behind your loss?

Yao: The two games we lost were because they had good jungling heroes, which overpowered our trilanes. In 3v3 teamfights, our 4 and 5 position heroes were under-leveled, and because of this we were forced into a disadvantage in laning, resulting in more pressure on our lanes. Thus they gained control of the game’s rhythm, ultimately leading to our losing.

Q: Just now xiao8’s Beastmaster went summons as his first skill at level one, was this a purposeful tactic?

Yao: It wasn’t, it was because Steam had an issue, and caused him to skill the wrong thing.

Q: Can you detail exactly what it was, why Steam would have this problem?

Yao: Sometimes when reconnecting to Steam, it will reset all of your settings. This means that it reverts hotkeys to the QWER setup.

Q: Can you tell us what xiao8 originally planned to skill then?

Yao: Xiao8 originally was going to skill his axes. In Dota1 this would be the W hotkey, but because Steam reverted his hotkeys to the new ones, it caused him to skill the wrong thing. He obviously didn’t purposely learn the wrong skill.

Q: Now that you’ve lost to LGD.int, your group chances have gotten significantly more difficult. In your matchup against ForLove tomorrow, what do you think you guys need to focus on?

Yao: I think ForLove has been pretty strong lately, we will discuss specific things later before the match. The biggest thing is for us to be mindful of their heavy pressure in early and mid-game. We absolutely must take this match.

Q: Thank you Yao for the interview.

Analysis: After being crushed 24-0 in the second game against LGD.int, LGD.cn must have lost a lot of momentum and mental edge, which played into their deflating loss in game 3 to LGD.int. As for the 24-0 game, we along with most viewers are quite surprised. Normally similarly skilled teams will never produce such a lopsided score, especially when we’re talking about a top tier Chinese team. So this kind of score really has opened my eyes and excited me to the prospects of LGD.int’s skill. And the next match between LGD.cn and ForLove will thus become a key match for LGD.cn. If they lose again, then they will be as far from glory at this G-League as they could possibly be.

 

 

G-League 2012 Dota2 Finals in Shanghai kicks off today at 20:00 China time / 04:00 Pacific time

G-League Dota2 groups, schedule, and streams below! All times are in China local time (UTC +8). Let’s see what surprises are in store for us all this holiday season. Some big matches coming up!

Huge prize pool: first place gets over $32000, second place $8000, third place $1600.

Teamliquid preview here: http://www.teamliquid.net/forum/viewmessage.php?topic_id=389997

Group A: LGD.cn, LGD.int, DK, ForLove

Group A Schedule:

Dec 25 20:00 — DK vs ForLove

Dec 26 20:00 — LGD.cn vs LGD.int

Dec 27 20:00 — LGD.cn vs ForLove

Dec 28 20:00 — DK vs LGD.int

Dec 29 14:30 — ForLove vs LGD.int

Dec 30 20:00 — LGD.cn vs DK

Group B: iG, TongFu, MUFC, Vici Gaming

Group B Schedule:

Dec 30 14:30 — TongFu vs MUFC

Dec 30 20:00 — iG vs VG

Dec 31 20:00 — MUFC vs VG

Jan 1 20:00 — iG vs TongFu

Jan 2 14:30 — iG vs MUFC

Jan 2 20:00 — TongFu vs VG

English stream: http://www.twitch.tv/beyondthesummit

Chinese stream: http://www.twitch.tv/gamefycnhttp://www.gamefy.cn/tv/fy1.phphttp://www.gamefy.cn/tv/fy2.phphttp://www.fengyunzhibo.com/group/13193-43n84q3s.htm