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Dota 2 6.83 Game-Changing Patch Analysis

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Early Thursday afternoon the new Dota 2 patch went live on the main client. The patch delivers a mild amount of changes to gameplay mechanics and a pretty lengthy list of balance changes. I’ll highlight the ones I think are the most interesting or the ones I think will have an impact. The actual patch notes can be found┬áHERE. Let’s …

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FATA to Cloud 9, Kuroky Released by Na`Vi

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In more roster changes this week, we saw the replacement of SIngSing for Cloud 9, and the removal of one of the support players from Na`Vi, Kuroky. FATA stepping into Cloud 9 seems to fit really well. FATA as an incredibly talented and intelligent player, most noted for his Puck play (61% winrate in competitive matches). He played a style …

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BurNIng and Rotk Retire

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This week saw the departure of two of the most legendary Chinese players, one hard carry and one offlaner. BurNIng was one of the most respected carries in all of Dota for a long time, not just in China. There’s a skill build for Anti-Mage that he developed and is referred to as “the BurNIng build”, where you get one …

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SingSing leaves Cloud 9

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One of the most recognizable and well-liked members of the Dota community has split with his team. Considered one of the most solid players in the Cloud 9 lineup, this change is a shock to many. As of this time it is uncertain where Sing will end up, though he does mention that he already has plans brewing with a …

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TI4 Group Stage Day 4 Musings

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Oh boy, it’s finally concluded. The round robin has concluded, all the teams that will be eliminated have been figured out, dreams were shattered while others were achieved. Sixteen teams entered the round robin, and only ten advance onto the playoff. Mousesports, Alliance, Empire, Fnatic, Na`Vi.NA, and Arrow Gaming are the six teams that have seen their tournament come to …

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TI4 Group Stage Day 3 Musings

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The last big day of the group stage has completed for the fourth International. Now we can finally look at the standings amongst the group and see some fates sealed, either for good or for bad. One team is out for sure right now, Arrow Gaming, who did not quite pull an MUFC but damn, did they come close to …

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TI4 Group Stage Day 2 Musings

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Another day, another large amount of Dota games played in Seattle. Day 2 proved once again that this tournament does not really make any sense at all. No team is undefeated, no team is pulling an MUFC, and no more than a team or two seem to be the true threats in this pool. The top 4 teams reflect what …

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TI4 Group Stage Day 1 Musings

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The marathon sprint that is the group stage at the International started Wednesday morning. With the 16th team, Team Liquid, finally set into the main tournament, the giant round robin kicked off. Matches started a little after 9am and continued well into the evening. Expectations were immense for the opening day of the tournament, but what followed still has most …

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Team Liquid Roll Through Play-In Series at the International 4

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The highly hyped International 4 kicked off Tuesday, with the small play in tournament. Four teams that didn’t quite win their region qualifiers have a second chance to make it into the International, in a brutal single-elimination bracket. Featured was CIS Gaming, Team Liquid, Virtus Pro, and MVP.Phoenix. Despite not being sure if they can actually attend the tournament, CIS …

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[E3 2014] First Nintendo Sponsored Smash Tourney Takes Place At E3

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For the longest time, the development team behind Smash Bros was not happy that people were playing the game competitively. Project M, a version of Super Smash Bros Brawl ,was the main vessel for competitive Smash, with faster gameplay and more characters. In their eyes, the devs saw Smash purely as a party game, and the slower pace of Brawl …

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