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The REAL Goobusters
Apr 25, 2008

PRO DOTA 2: THE INTERNATIONAL 2019 EDITION



boredsatellite posted:

Why the gently caress are any of you missing any of the games

What is Dota 2?
Dota 2 is a popular free-to-play action RTS developed by Valve Software based on a custom map for Warcraft III. It features 5v5 competitive multiplayer with each player controlling a different hero chosen from a roster of 113, each with four or more unique abilities that allow them to move around the map, damage or disable opponents, or accomplish any other number of weird and wacky maneuvers. The ultimate objective of the game is to destroy a number of the opposing teamís defensive structures and, ultimately, the opposing Ancient. To accomplish this, teams acquire gold and levels for their heroes from various sources around the map, use that gold to purchase items to enhance their power, and clash with the other team to secure a greater advantage for their own side that they can hopefully convert into victory.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cp8neRiF9-k

What is Pro Dota 2?
Dota has a robust esports scene, with events running year-round and ranging from small online-only tournaments to huge invitational LANs with impressive prize pools. Valve involves itself with the pro scene by enforcing rules around team rosters and player mobility, as well as hosting the International, which has taken place in Cologne, Seattle, and Vancover. This year TI is heading to China and will be held in Shanghai, leaving North America for the first time since 2012. The Majors and Minors are organized through collaboration between Valve and various third party organizers such as PGL, MDL, Epicenter, Starladder, Dreamhack, and more.

Pro teams are structured around each player taking a role that very broadly denotes what kind of play is expected from them, with one player serving as captain (often, but not always, the one responsible for drafting the teamís heroes). These roles are carry, midlaner, offlaner, farming support, and hard support. Teams generally consist of players from the same geographic region (for Dota, these are the Americas, China, Europe, the CIS, and Southeast Asia) and are divisionally organized using those regions as well. Last year the addition of team coaches being able to be with the team during the initial Draft Phase was brought into Pro Dota, effectively giving teams an extra set of hands during preparations for the match.



What is The International 2019?
Once a year since 2011, Valve has hosted The International, the biggest tournament in the Dota scene by far. The International 2019 (TI9) main event will be held from August 20 - 25, 2019 at Mercedes-Benz Arena in Shanghai and will feature the eighteen best teams in the world. This was the second year of the Dota Pro Circuit (DPC) and gave teams a tangible goal and way to see if they would be invited to TI by winning points at any Valve Major/Minor tournament. New to this year, all teams in each Major and Minor were able to earn points to qualify for TI (Last year the teams placing in the top four spots of each tournament across the DPC this year would earn points) and the Top 12 teams (up from top 8 last year) of the DPC would receive an invite to TI. The event will be preceded by a group stage from August 15 - 18, where two teams will be eliminated before making it to the main stage. At the end of it all, the top team will walk away with the lionís share of nearly $25,309,5761 USD (and counting!), and will once again probably be the largest single prize pool in all esports.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gl9SbPotbuU

Invited Teams:
Team Secret
Virtus Pro
Vici Gaming
Evil Geniuses
Team Liquid
PSG.LGD
Fnatic
Ninjas in Pyjamas
TNC Predator
OG
Alliance
Keen Gaming

More info coming very soon.

Cool! How Do I Watch?
https://www.twitch.tv/team/dotati

Lets talk about TI8
Ok so last year the unthinkable happened. OG actually won TI. That's right friends, N0tail, Ceb (7kingmad), Jerax, Ana, and pubstar Topson's names are all inscribed on the Aegis of Immortal forever. A quick recap, OG imploded shortly before TI last year, with former captain (and former best friend of notail) Fly and S4 leaving the squad to join EG. Ceb decided to step in to be a full time player (was standing in as a player previously after a roster shuffle) and old teammate Ana was brought back into the fold. Topson, a promising pubstar who had never played in a big lan before only smaller tournaments, was picked up as well. What resulted was a Cinderella run that gave us THE BEST Dota 2 Grand Finals of all time against Chinese power house: PSG.LGD. Going to a full 5 game series for the first time since the legendary Navi vs Alliance finals in 2013, OG was able to claim victory even when all hope was seemingly lost. I was at TI last year and it was a surreal-out of body experience watching OG pull it off. Chinese fans were literally chanting "GO HOME OG!" after LGD took two games in the grand finals. As always Valve has provided an amazing documentary on the finals. If you love watching competitive gaming and want to get into Dota 2, then you owe to yourself to watch this amazing run:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bv4CqIxqTMA

OG commentary
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J-BijDwr1r0












nahaz ruined by peter dager

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The REAL Goobusters fucked around with this message at 09:22 on Aug 22, 2019

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Apr 25, 2008

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Apr 25, 2008

IcePhoenix posted:

https://twitter.com/OGesports/status/1145349224420249606

Within a second of the video starting I could tell whatever he had was loving with his ability to eat

goddamn he looks all banged up

The REAL Goobusters
Apr 25, 2008

fez_machine posted:

What's the meta at the moment?

I'm only a casual viewer and it can take ages for me to really start enjoying TI when I don't understand the deeper level of strategy/tactics going on.

Well a new patch just dropped today so thereís about to be a fresh new meta for the qualifiers.

Just a note on the meta:

Whatever the meta is now, or in a few weeks leading up to TI, the ti meta will 100% be completely different.

The REAL Goobusters
Apr 25, 2008

tote up a bags posted:

Hoping and praying for an all EU/NA final so we see creative camera work to not show an empty arena

unironically this would rule

The REAL Goobusters
Apr 25, 2008

Tnc is going to choke at TI because they always do

Just like VP and secret

The REAL Goobusters
Apr 25, 2008

DNK posted:

This is my underdog team but why the gently caress are they in SEA and if they win SEA I will feel terrible for ever liking them

Why

The REAL Goobusters
Apr 25, 2008

Theyíre playing from Australia iirc

The REAL Goobusters
Apr 25, 2008

So black had said that everyone wanted to go their separate ways in Infamous, but the ex-infamous squad is playing as Team Ham so I guess he was just loving kicked or something lol

The REAL Goobusters
Apr 25, 2008

SEA region has been crazy. The March stack is sitting at first place while Mineski also made the the top 4. They were so close to getting eliminated, but they really stepped up. Biggest upset was BOOM ID getting knocked out from groups imo.

The REAL Goobusters
Apr 25, 2008

TheRat posted:

Didn't he recently tilt so hard he smashed a monitor

Lol yes

The REAL Goobusters
Apr 25, 2008

Havenít been following cis since work but holy poo poo thereís drama:

https://twitter.com/GambitEsports/status/1148228740922691585

The REAL Goobusters
Apr 25, 2008

My man fuckin rage quit out in a TI qual and might not even make playoffs

E: whatís worse is that they also lost to eliminated team: flytomoon. Goddamn

The REAL Goobusters
Apr 25, 2008

rjmccall posted:

Maximum tiebreaker chaos avoided, and it actually looks like there wonít be any at all.

Gambit ó ranked #13 in DPC, 7-8 finisher at Epicenter, clear favorites in the CIS qualifier ó came into today 3-1, lost all three games, and is out of TI.

The biggest implosion of all time. I feel so bad for fng

The REAL Goobusters
Apr 25, 2008

I still canít believe that gambit died this way lmao

The REAL Goobusters
Apr 25, 2008

Sampatrick posted:

I mean, it also gives those teams a monopoly on new players and basically means you can't ever have new teams emerge on the scene. There's a reason why Valve should be the one in charge of this kind of stuff rather than a collection of teams.

China has been the best region to develop talent for quite some time so youíre pretty wrong here friend.

The REAL Goobusters
Apr 25, 2008

I think youíre loving stupid

The REAL Goobusters
Apr 25, 2008

Sampatrick posted:

So we shouldn't trust Chinese player Rotk's opinion about Chinese teams and should instead trust you?

you know the team Rotk coaches is full of new talent right? Same with LGD last year. These were players that were developed through the robust tier 2/academy system that China has.

Yes you are dumb as poo poo

The REAL Goobusters
Apr 25, 2008

Centzon Totochtin posted:

the spirit of craptacular lives on

It might just be worse than that

The REAL Goobusters
Apr 25, 2008

gently caress yeah the euros got eliminated from the SA qualifier.

The REAL Goobusters
Apr 25, 2008

Libertine posted:

Iím not aware of the whole qualification process but how did that even happen? Shouldnít they have been immediately DQíd?

Theyíve been living in SA for a while so they were ok.

The REAL Goobusters
Apr 25, 2008

Gunnar has been pretty underwhelming this qualifier, but 23 savage has been carrying hard

E: not hard enough. They got hardcore outdrafted this game. Also very questionable plays too

The REAL Goobusters fucked around with this message at 04:54 on Jul 9, 2019

The REAL Goobusters
Apr 25, 2008

Low key I want winstrike to go to ti again

The REAL Goobusters
Apr 25, 2008

IcePhoenix posted:

It's not the same without alwayswannafly

Iím a big nofear fan!

The REAL Goobusters
Apr 25, 2008

IcePhoenix posted:

fair, but have you considered: Lil is also on the team

I met and interviewed nofear last year. dude was really chill. Honestly I didnít know much about him, but after talking with him I felt his passion for the game and he embodies the Davai attitude so much and I think that owns.

The REAL Goobusters
Apr 25, 2008

Zurreco posted:

Gunnar has missed every Torrent and Boat in this entire game what the hell

He played like absolute poo poo against Mineski yesterday too. I don't think March is going to TI yall

E: as i posted this he just boated a creep wave which the dire glyphed......................

The REAL Goobusters
Apr 25, 2008

holy poo poo 23 SAVAGEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE

E: NOOOOOOOOOOO

The REAL Goobusters
Apr 25, 2008

23 savage is god

The REAL Goobusters
Apr 25, 2008

RazzleDazzleHour posted:

Thinking about it, Morphling having Spirit Breaker's charge is probably the scariest thing on Earth

bulldoze plus charge on morph is loving insane

The REAL Goobusters
Apr 25, 2008

boredsatellite posted:

Who is this Savage guy anyway? Pubstar?

yupppp

The REAL Goobusters
Apr 25, 2008

holy gently caress lmao

The REAL Goobusters
Apr 25, 2008

ZionestLord posted:

looks like gunnar is in for a long career of getting kicked

23 savage though is going to have a really promising career

The REAL Goobusters
Apr 25, 2008

I BELIEVE IN 23 SAVAGE

The REAL Goobusters
Apr 25, 2008

Itís looking bad for the jinesbrus boys

The REAL Goobusters
Apr 25, 2008

😭😭😭😭

The REAL Goobusters
Apr 25, 2008

https://twitter.com/kpiidota/status/1148934579664801792

The REAL Goobusters
Apr 25, 2008

Not Al-Qaeda posted:

klool wtf? vega didnt make it?

They lost to Navi in the playoffs

The REAL Goobusters
Apr 25, 2008

EGM literally kicked from singularity 1 day before the EU qualifiers. For some random German dude with no liquipedia page. Cool

E: wait but he was qualified with the gorgc stack. drat Iím confused lol

The REAL Goobusters fucked around with this message at 20:45 on Jul 10, 2019

The REAL Goobusters
Apr 25, 2008

turboraton posted:

Lmao at "Go study bois"

Lmaooooooo

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The REAL Goobusters
Apr 25, 2008

Oh chaos is looking like theyíre loving bad.

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