Daily Archives: May 23, 2016

Flipsid3 tactics returns to Dota 2 with !Rebels lineup

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Flipsid3 tactics returns to Dota 2 with !Rebels lineup

After a brief hiatus, Flipsid3 tactics had decided that it was the right time and hasa announced their return into Dota 2 with a !Rebels lineup.

The team had ventured into Dota 2 since 2013 but it had not gone well for them throughout the years; the teams split up or went on hiatuses from time to time, depending on their fortunes.

This is their latest attempt to get into the MOBA, signing on Russian team !Rebels, a team formed by Ivan ‘VANSKOR’ Skorohod after he was kicked out of Avengers!.

The team consists of:

  • Ivan ‘VANSKOR’ Skorohod
  • Vadim ‘Sedoy’ Musorin
  • Oleg ‘tmw’ Kolesnichenko
  • Maksim ‘Shachlo’ Abramovskikh
  • Daniil ‘MeTTpuM’ Gilev

Since day one, the team had to struggle numerous deadlines. A day after they formed, they had only two days left to fix their roster – the roster lock for the Manila Major and TI6 were waiting.

But they have gone on a winning streak since then.

The !Rebels team won every single lower tier tournaments they’ve participated in, NXTGAME Invitational#2, ProDota Cup Europe#5, NVIDIA Dota 2 CIS Cup Series, Solid Dota2 Challenge and won the Manila Major European open qualifiers#2.

But they have yet to make it to the big time, missing the mark by 4 points and only managed to place 5th/10th in the regional qualifiers, and will be forced sit out the last Major before The International 6.

Vardy and Kane stars for England for victory over Turkey

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Vardy and Kane stars for England for victory over Turkey

Jamie Vardy and Harry Kane proved that England’s offensive strength is on point going into Euro 2016 as both scored a goal in England’s 2-1 win over Turkey.

Tottenham’s Kane provided the perfect start within 3 minutes, linking up well with club teammate Dele Alli for a cold finishing after four minutes albeit from an offside position.

Although Danny Rose had won the official man-of-the-match award, England’s newly appointed left-back was at fault. He was caught out as keeper Joe Hart made a poor decision to dash off his goalline to try to charge down the cross from Volkan Sen.

The goal was left exposed and Hakan Calhanoglu was in the centre to turn in Sen’s right-sided delivery.

Jamie Vardy then made amends for a missed penalty from Harry Kane.

Kane himself swung a corner from the right. Gary Cahill’s header came back off Ismail Koybasi, who had been guarding his near post. However, the Turkish substitute also managed to impede his goalkeeper in the process and Vardy turned in the rebound.

Though his team is a joy to watch in their attack, Roy Hodgson would still celebrate the win cautiously as England continued to unravel defensively, failing to get a clean sheet in 3 matches. It was only by Joe Hart’s brilliant reaction save from Olcay Sahan that Turkey did not equalize in injury time.

The Three Lions also feared the worse as Volkan Sen got behind their defence and crossed for Hakan Calhanoglu to equalise soon after Kane’s early strike, and Turkey had further chances before England’s late show.

Indeed, the focus of the team’s positive was their strength in attack. This was especially after Hodgson adjusted his formation to give Vardy a more central role in the final half-hour.

United triumphant with FA cup victory as Van Gaal exit looms

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United triumphant with FA cup victory as Van Gaal exit looms

Manchester United can end their drought of major titles since the retirement of Sir Alex Ferguson after the Red Devils came from behind to beat Crystal Palace in the FA Cup final with just 10 men.

Louis van Gaal’s men showed sporting courage especially after Jason Puncheon’s far-post finish that allowed Palace to move ahead with just 12 minutes left.

Palace manager Alan Pardew displayed some eccentric dance moves as his team scored the first goal, but will regret not continue urging his players to close up their defense and strive for their second.

The inevitable retaliation for Pardew’s arrogance came in just 4 minutes, as United and England Captain Wayne Rooney led a charge that ended with Juan Mata’s close ranged finish. Rooney proved his critics wrong once more as he maintained influence in this vital game and added a missing medal to his trophy collection.

Things took a turn for the worse for United as defender Chris Smalling got sent off in extra time after gathering two yellow cards. However, Jesse Lingard helped his team end their season on a better note by hammering in the winning goal, a first-time strike from Damien Delaney’s half clearance.

Jose Mourinho (left) is expected to take control of Manchester United while Louis van Gaal (right) is set to depart this week.

Jose Mourinho (left) is expected to take control of Manchester United while Louis van Gaal (right) is set to depart this week.

But the victory almost seem to dull in comparison to the news that Jose Mourinho is set to take charge of Manchester United with the departure of current manager Louis van Gaal.

Van Gaal appeared defiant during the press conference after the FA Cup victory, brandishing the team’s trophy.

“I show you the Cup, I don’t discuss my future with the media,” he said defiantly. “Some of you have had me sacked already.”

However, as he bid goodbye to staff members before he left London, van Gaal told them he did not know if he would see them again, although the 64-year-old said later he still “hoped” to be in charge for the final year of his three-year contract.

He said “it’s over” when a reporter approached him– but he is said to have been referring to his side’s season rather than his own job.

Despite Mourinho being out of work since being sacked from Chelsea last Decembe, when the executive vice chairman Ed Woodward finally made a move for him this month, the Portuguese had been drawing up a list of potential acquisitions in the expectation of being offered the job.

He has identified Andre Gomes, Joao Mario, John Stones, Alvaro Morata, Mauro Icardi and Ezequiel Garay as summer targets for Manchester United as part of an anticipated minimum £150m spend.

But he will have his work cut out for him after van Gaal’s awkward style of management has caused widespread disquiet among his players. Even Michael Carrick and keeper David De Gea, both players fielded frequently by the Dutchman had been loudly considering a departure if the manager will stay in charge next season.

It is a significant steal should De Gea stay, given that the keeper has been targeted keenly by the best clubs and almost left for Real Madrid last August.