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Top teams underperformed in Manila Major

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Top teams underperformed in Manila Major

The main event in Manila Major will kick off this week, but top teams in the tournament are already facing troubles as they underperformed against everyone’s expectations in the group stages.

The upper bracket is now rife with teams whose names were not held in high regard before the tournament. LGD Gaming, Fnatic and Digital Chaos, are the few to exceed all expectations and enjoy the rewards of a comfortable spot at the upper brackets.

Alliance, Team Secret and Evil Geniuses – three big names in the tournament – all paid the price as the smaller teams advanced. Right now, placed at the lower bracket in Manila, they are at a crossroads between survival and elimination from the $3.1 million event.

In group C, Fnatic managed to trump Alliance by 2 games to 1 and win a spot in the upper bracket. Even before that they had done well to come out a near win against Team Liquid. In their last group game, the Asian team was able to endure two long and grueling long matches before swiftly beating Alliance in the third.

But it’s more than just the game in Group B, as Team Secret hits rock-bottom. Digital Chaos may have only placed second to Na’Vi there, but the desire to see them fail is there in two-fifths the team. In fact, their support player, Rasmus “MiSeRy” Berth Filipsen, was nothing less than vocal in his desires to “knock [Secret] out entirely” from the running.

The truth is, nobody would expect anything less when you are kicked out of your former team unceremoniously after winning a major tournament. This was exactly the case as MiSeRy and current Digital Chaos midlaner Omar “w33” Aliwi were removed from Team Secret, despite winning the Shanghai Major.

Now, the result puts Team Secret in a particularly dire situation. Despite fielding an individually-talented team, the roster failed in dramatic fashion. It was indeed a situation few could have imagined, following their signing of Evil Geniuses superstars Artour “Arteezy” Babaev and Saahil “UNiVeRsE” Arora in March.

Over in Group D, LGD Gaming was the undisputed group winner ahead of Korea’s MVP Phoenix. It was a much greater achievement when one considers that nobody had much expectations for them, given their results up until the Manila Major have been anything but impressive.

But here in Manila, they managed to win their series against both Evil Geniuses and recent WePlay Season 3 champions MVP Phoenix. There had been backlash and criticism, but now it would appear that Valve made the right decision in extending them a direct invitation to the Manila Major.

As the main event begins, LGD’s series against Fnatic is poised to become one of the more interesting matches. Both Asian teams will meet in their first international LAN setting, and we shall see show the results of their consistently improving gameplay over the past few months.

Virtus.Pro admits to cheating in Summit qualifiers

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Virtus.Pro admits to cheating in Summit qualifiers

Virtus.Pro will not be participating in The Summit 5 after admitting to cheating in the qualifiers.

Ad Finem is set to take their place in the finals.

Virtus.Pro was charged guilty for using a stand-in who disguised himself as a member of Virtus.pro during the finals of the tournament’s European qualifier.

The player they fielded was Vega Squadron’s Vladimir “No[o]one” Minenko, playing the fourth game of the series on behalf of Ilya “ALOHADANCE” Korobkin. ALOHADANCE then rejoined in game five and managed to win the qualifier finals and a place the tournament’s LAN finals in Los Angeles.

During the match on 29 May, an interruption occurred during the third game for more than 15 minutes in which ALOHADANCE lost his internet connection. VP asked for two more after ten, stating that ALOHADANCE went out to play in an internet café and was waiting having requested a code to enter the game (presumably the Steam authentication code).

But after 20 minutes wait Aloha didn’t come back and the game resumed. Predictably, the Greeks took the game and the lead in the best-of five series with a 2-1 score

Then on game four, Virtus.Pro claimed that Aloha’s internet is back and they could play normally, and even ALOHADANCE himself tweeted “now my internet works.” Using a Juggernaut as carry, they won game 4 and levelled the series, dragging it into a deciding game 5.

A thread on the Dota 2 subreddit immediately brought attention to the fact that the placement of certain items did not match up to ALOHADANCE’s standard item placements – specifically, the slot for the Teleport scroll, which carries a strong hint of different key bindings.

Upon further examination, it matched up perfectly with those of No[o]ne’s.

Beyond the Summit’s formal investigation then concluded that there was indeed a wrongfully substituted account during the fourth game of the series. The organizer then rescinded Virtus.Pro’s participation at the event. That vacancy will now be filled by Ad Finem.

Both Virtus.pro and No[o]ne have since admitted to wrongdoing.

Artsiom “fng” Barshack, captain of Virtus.pro’s Dota 2 team released a statement on Twitter, saying, “I made a mistake and I regret that. I want to say sorry to our fans, BTS, KotlGuy, AD finem boys, and every single person who [is] disappointed in me.”

Time has not been kind to Virtus.Pro, who was at one point regarded as the best Dota 2 team in the Eastern Europe region. Since March, a new lineup of players struggled to achieve the same level of consistency of older lineuos.

Dota 2 star Zai returns into the game after one-year hiatus

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Dota 2 star Zai returns into the game after one-year hiatus

Prodigious Dota 2 player Ludwig “zai” Wahlberg has signed on with Romania-based Kaipi as a support player, a year after staying on the sidelines.

One of the most lauded players in Dota 2, zai’s latest competitive appearance was in TI5 last year. The 18-year-old Swede then surprised everyone by choosing to complete his studies last fall, rather than to focus on of eSports’ more major disciplines.

Zai had stormed the Dota 2 scene in recent years – his support role in Evil Geniuses already earned him universal acclaim since 2014. His playmaking is consistent and is always capable of pushing every hero’s farming ability to the max.

He then joined Team Secret in the next year, where he played in his preferred offlane role and contributed heavily to the team’s dominating tournament spree in the summer of 2015.

Although his 8-month period with the team had been nothing short of being utterly successful, he revealed that he will go on hiatus in an interview with DotaBlast last June.

At present, Zai will play support for Kaipi, replacing “Masakary” Nechifor on the roster and compete alongside former Cloud9-duo Pittner “bOne7” Armand and WehSing “SingSing” Yuen.

“After a successful TI5 open qualifier run, disappointing regional qualifier request, and failing to reach the main qualifiers for Starladder and The Summit, we decided it was time for a change,” Joe Eastham, team manager of Kaipi had explained.

“Masakary was the player to make way and we thank him for all his help,” he added. “Bone7 had been speaking to Zai for a few weeks and he decided to join us on Monday evening to join us on our quest to win TI6!”

Indeed, Kaipi will likely be among the teams that would compete in the upcoming International qualifiers. Everyone will not pull their punches as the tournament’s prize pool steadily increases despite having just breached the $7 million mark.

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.