iG releases a ‘commemorative’ highlights video of their TI2 victory

Yeah, this is a bit of fluff. But maybe it’s a bit of interesting, useful, fluffy fluff. Because when even Dotacinema’s TI2 highlights fail to have anything of iG’s, maybe this can fill some of the void. Anyway, this is from iG’s official Youku account. Ignoring the cheesy music and effects, it’s a decent few minutes showing some of iG’s big plays from the Grand Finals of TI2.

The new week will bring more translations – Sgamer’s TI2 player evaluations, and more!

Original: http://v.youku.com/v_show/id_XNDQ4MTg2MjUy.html

Translated transcript (nothing special here):

September 3 2012, Seattle, USA – We stepped onto the grand stage carrying the hopes of our countrymen – Fight! For the glory of victory – Applause, the highest praise for Chinese e-sports – Let the 5-star flag fly high and bear witness to an unforgettable night!

Victory, the only belief – Pride and glory of the nation – An unforgettable night in Seattle – That moment when dreams became reality – A never say die mentality – Bringing cheers and applause to China – We are the most hard-working dreamers – Our name is iG

Sgamer TI2 player evaluations: Carry position

Note that this is actually an ‘editor’s choice’ from Sgamer, using an original forum post made by a forum regular. Nonetheless, the actual forum post has had a lot of attention, and it is the post that Sgamer chose to put on their front page for rankings of CHINESE TI2 performances. This first installment is a lengthy evaluation of CHINESE carries at TI2, with other positions to come in the next few days.

(note: I neglected to add that this is focused on Chinese players, hence an overall lack of any foreign players making the list)

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Chinese site 17173 ranks the best players at TI2

Two large Chinese gaming sites, 17173 and SGamer, have put up summaries of Chinese fan analysis of the top players in their respective positions at The International 2. This is the 17173 version, I skipped a bit in the middle where it was joke rankings for random stuff. Sgamer’s version is very different and will be coming later.

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Chinese forumers appreciate NaVi

Original: http://tieba.baidu.com/p/1837743738

Title: Not much else to say, congratulations to NaVi for breaking the Chinese surround and winning 2nd place!

Super_Star_佑: Everyone should use a peaceful attitude in looking at this… NaVi’s team execution and overall skill are very strong… 2009 (Chinese commentator) also says, NaVi is a very strong team… they showed that, beating DK, iG, and broke LGD’s undefeated streak. Even though in the end they lost to iG for the championship, they are a team that has earned respect…

粑神: It was not easy [for NaVi, but they did well]

Super_Star_佑: Without NaVi, it would have only been Chinese teams fighting each other. Without NaVi, there would have only been Morphling, Anti-mage, Sylla, Naga Siren. Without NaVi, there would have been no Juggernaut heroics. Without NaVi, there would have been no real excitement in seeing a Chinese team win it all. NaVi, because of you, TI2 is more exciting.

_13eam: Yes, only playing against non-Chinese teams brings out the emotion

euro武生: NaVi showed to us all that this game has no unbeatable hero combos

yamadeh123: Without NaVi I wouldn’t be this excited right now

GsNm_11yue: Indeed I’ve come to respect NaVi. But NaVi fanboys not so much

卡尔不可以: I support NaVi, looking forward to next year’s International

大神爱抗米: NaVi really is fucking good. Pretty much beat every team once. Without them I’d probably have watched ping pong (this is a joke referring to how Chinese always dominate international ping pong tournaments)

ruzishehao3: Though I’m an iG fan, this time I have truly become a fan of NaVi.

花园のTrunks: Yeah, what you said makes sense. Even though I was rooting for iG to destroy NaVi, I can’t help but admit that NaVi is very strong, and all the top teams from Europe and America bring an added amount of magic and excitement to the Dota scene.

我要顺利pass: Feels like if it were Chinese teams fighting for the championship, I could’ve just slept through and checked the result in the morning and be ok with it

nengnengge: NaVi really figured out the Chinese Naga plus Tide system

水穗心岚: I support Chinese teams, but I’m also thankful for the non-Chinese teams.

ehome820357: NaVi is so unpredictable and enigmatic, if they’re still here next year, they’ll be amongst the favorites as well

雷克萨的荣耀: Every time I see Light bro (LightofHeaven) I always think he’s so great! By the time he was world famous I hadn’t even started playing Dota. If we say 820 was China’s first all-around player able to play any role, I think in the same way we can say LightofHeaven is the first Dota player that was recognized around the world. From when Chinese Dota was nothing in the world, to Chinese Dota standing on top of the world, LightofHeaven has always stood against our Chinese teams, from VP, Rush_3D, M5, DTS, to NaVi now.
After seeing iG win, while I was celebrating I also remembered to thank LightofHeaven for his participation in another legendary tournament, I salute your life of Dota!

After TI2, Chinese teams to skip WCG Asian Championships (Asian Cyber Games)

Original: http://dota2.replays.net/page/20120905/1724784.html

WCG Asia, also known as the Asian Cyber Games (ACG), is one of the longest-standing and older high level Asian Dota competitions. From last year, the competition switched focus to Dota2, where EHOME represented China and ultimately lost in Kuala Lumpur.

This year’s ACG has set their main event as Dota2 (other events are Tekken 6 and FIFA), and will run from Sept 7 to 9. But because of Chinese teams all having just gotten back from Seattle, they are still resting. Plus the Chinese ACG partner Neotv didn’t hold any preliminaries, and the result is that China will not be sending any representative team to the ACG for Dota. So, the ACG Dota competition will have no Chinese presence, and the original 8-team tournament is a 7-team event this year.

(editorial) After iG’s win — “All those years, the championship I wanted, it was this one”

Note: This is a pretty powerful piece written by a Gamefy (Chinese gaming TV) reporter named Ling Zhihao. It describes the dreams of a generation of young Chinese gamers being fulfilled in seeing iG win…

Original: http://www.gamefy.cn/topic/dota2_120830/view.php?id=24774

BBC and DC (Chinese commentators), their hoarse voices floating about my ears, 5 golden stars on a red background, the Chinese flag dancing in the air in front of me, brought me back to images of Sky (major Chinese Warcraft 3 player) winning the WCG championship on stage years ago.

That thing we call a dream, it always takes flight quietly at some point in the past. Years ago, those kids staying up late secretly watching their heroes winning on stage, now they’re grown and standing on the stage themselves victorious, leaving their own names on the walls of eSports history.

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(video) Dota2 and TI2 make it onto Chinese national TV!

Note: This is a video, click through below to watch. This was featured on the Chinese CCTV national news channel’s world news section!

Source: http://dota2.replays.net/page/20120904/1724402.html

Rough transcript: Fans of electronic gaming competition have gathered in Seattle to view the top level competition for Dota 2. In Seattle’s Benaroya Hall, a venue that is typically entertained by musical instruments is instead filled with mice and keyboards as youth from around the world gather to compete in the video game Dota2.

As one of the most influential worldwide competitive games, the competition has 16 teams from around the world, and a record-breaking prize pool. Additionally, the organizers have set up commentators in several languages on site.

Players from China played to the best of their abilities. “Go China, iG for the win!” They ultimately won the championship, to the applause of the crowd.

This tournament has brought together people who formerly only knew each other online, and they have shared and learned from each other, and made friends in the process.

Early TI2 interview with LGD.DDC

Note: This is from midway through the preliminaries. But it has some random interesting questions too. Part of my catchup translation coverage of TI2 from the past few days!

Source: http://dota2.replays.net/page/20120829/1722638.html

BBC (interviewer, Chinese commentator): Congrats on going undefeated so far in three days, let’s talk a bit about your last match vs Mouz.

DDC: Before the match, we already felt that Mouz only knew how to use Anti-mage, so we thought it should be easy to counter, give him no farm and we basically win. In the actual match they did in fact use Anti-mage, and then they did indeed lose to us.

BBC: Summarize your performances for us.

DDC: I give the team full marks on performance, and I’m pretty happy with my own as well.

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Chinese reactions to TI2 Finals Day: Chinese Tide vs NaVi Rubick, iG club response, fan criticism of Finals crowd

Note: Some fan reactions to what was probably the key matchup in the Finals. Some good insight too.

After that is a tiny sample of stuff that is said regarding the crowd for the Finals, not a conclusive representation of overall opinion. In the end, this probably doesn’t even matter, but I thought it was an interesting insight into the ‘international’ dynamic at play here.

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DC’s Seattle Dota Diary #4: Marvelling at the Tongfu backlash (and an embargo against NaVi)

Original: http://dota2.replays.net/page/20120831/1723293.html

Original original (requires registration to view full): http://bbs.gtv.com.cn/thread-1475-1-1.html

Today’s entry is a bit of a filler, indeed, there has not been a lot of amazing events to come of the day for writing about.

Because I was up late last night rushing the last entry, I slept in until noon, when Zhou etc came and woke me from my slumber. After some simple communication, I came to find that my original plans to tag along on adventures outside had fallen through due to the greater group leaving earlier, so I became another of the youth left behind. After some amount of sadness at this loss of adventure had passed, a few of us embarked on our own adventure to go and find some food. DD (of LGD) surprised us at this point, showing that a few days after arriving in a faraway foreign land, he had become as good as a local: he had figured out our immediate surroundings — taking us through some small back streets until he pointed us straight to a nearby Chinese restaurant!

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