Table of Contents
Intoducing G-1 League Season 5
Like a Hurricane
Stage 2 Preview
Eye of the Storm
DotA without Borders
An Interview with 17173.Felix
More on Liquipedia
Intoducing G-1 League Season 5
Like a Hurricane
Stage 2 Preview
Eye of the Storm
DotA without Borders
An Interview with 17173.Felix
More on Liquipedia
G-1 League Nears once Again
The G-1 League is up and running once again, and with it consisting of the most talented teams spread throughout Asia, is one of the most prestigious Dota 2 leagues in the world. This week we bring you the preview of Phase 2 in the Asia qualifiers, where we will see the top 12 teams battle it out for a spot in the main tournament.
You can check out the tournament format and see how things are being run this time around. We will also have a Phase 2 Preview courtesy of TanGeng, along with some very engaging interviews with LaNm and 17173.Felix.
Of course you can always catch up on G-1 happenings with our recap of last season from a few months ago. Tune in today for the start of phase two in this monumental event.
The games start Wednesday, Mar 20 7:00am GMT (GMT+00:00) so get ready.
The Asia Regional Competition for G-1 Champions League Season 5 are about to start on March 20th, and the 16 teams are fighting for four spots to challenge last season's four finalists: LGD.cn, DK, Orange, and iG.
For Europe/NA region, the first set of invitations are out. They are Ukraine Nuclear Warhead NaVi, Nordic Pirates nTH, Continental King Fnatic, and NA New Power Liquid. They will be competing with other qualifying teams for two tickets to go to China for G-1's offline finals.
This year's G-1 will be a competition of global scale, with competitors hailing from five continents and over thirty countries. We are also inviting the most professional esports media and commentators for full coverage, so that all fans around the world can enjoy Dota2's action-packed extravaganza. The popular steam ticket is likewise available, 7.99 dollars, allowing you to select any of the hundreds of games to watch for the ultimate experience.
G-1 Champions League Prize Pool
400k RMB (~65k USD)
250k RMB First
80k RMB Second
30k RMB Third
20k RMB Fourth
10k RMB 5th/6th
For those interested:
Chinese commentary will be done by: Pikaxiu皮卡秀、Tony杨陈融、MrLeft二晕、Felix菜刀刃
Guest commentary with: 2009伍声、Esports海涛 (Haitao)、SJQ沈佳麒 (Crystal)
Vitalii "V1lat" Volochai
Roman "Casperrr" Lepyohin
English coverage: http://g1.2p.com
Chinese site: http://g1.17173.com
Stage 2 Preview
G-1 League Phase 2
The second round of the G-1 Asia qualifiers will pit the eight qualifiers from the SEA open tournament against eight invited teams from SEA and China. Thus, sixteen teams in total will engage in Bo3 elimination matches against each other in four separate bracket groups. These groups will eventually produce four challengers that advance into the third round to take on the four finalists from the fourth season of the G-1 Champions League. Each bracket group has two invitees and two qualifying teams.
Two returning group stage teams and six major Dota 2 powers of China and SEA make up the invitees. Tongfu and MUFC return to the competition with major roster changes since their disappointing exits from the G-League competition. LGD.int enters the competition having just come second in the G-League Grand Finals at the Mercedes-Benz Arena in Shanghai earlier this month.
Vici Gaming, as you know, is a new team made up of talent that was found on the public ladders. They displayed a spirited showing in the G-League playoff rounds. In comparison, both Rattlesnake and Rising Stars are newly founded Dota 2 professional teams with many DotA veterans and mainstays on their rosters. For.Love on the other hand failed to qualify for the previous G-1 Champions League but this time have completely switched over to Dota 2. Finally, Zenith comes into the qualifiers with the combined star power of Yamateh and IceIceIce, the latter returning to his old team after a stint with Orange.
The favorite of the group is MUFC, as long as they show the same skill as when won against Orange in the GEST February finals. Their first opponent, 1st.VN, qualified but have little else on their resume apart from making it through a few rounds of GosuCup. 1st.VN stands little chance against MUFC in a Bo3.
The RattleSnake and Gizmo match up is a bit of unknown quantity. RattleSnake sports, is a strong pedigree with Luo and LaMn and other former DotA professionals on its roster, but the team was most recently downed by Chains in the DotaTalk Gold Cup. Whether or not that loss was merely a fluke remains to be seen, but this loss is a sure sign of their vulnerability. However, even though their opponent, GizMo, has matched Rattlesnake's performance in previous GosuCups, the professional training regimen of the Chinese will be hard to fight against here.
Had this tournament been two months ago, For.Love would have been the most stable performer in the group. But now that For.Love has replaced two of its members, team coordination has probably suffered a bit as shown by their lackluster performance in the DotaTalk championship. Thus, the group is a big toss up. Mith.Trust and RisingStars met as recently as the DotaTalk championship. While RisingStars lost the one game to Mith.Trust, this Bo3 is likely to be a hotly contested affair. On the other side of the bracket, Chains Stack most recently faced up against Rising Stars, and were destroyed because they picked a team composition that revolved around playing two different strategies and were not particularly good at either. Thus, unless Chains can draft smart, they will probably be terrorized into a quick early exit.
The favorite of the group is LGD.int. Their immediate opponent, Neolution.Int, are unlikely to hold their own against the level of play that LGD.int will bring to this matchup. On the other side of the bracket, Vici Gaming will likely outclass RILIMIN, the new team of Fumoffu. LGD.int will likely win against Vici Gaming, though both teams have shown head-scratching plays during their GEST Challenge #2 games. Perhaps the teams were just testing out strategies, but should either team fail to tighten their play, they will quickly face elimination at this stage of competition.
Once again, the invitees hold an upper hand over the qualifying teams. Zenith most recently won the DotaTalk Championship series and ran through the entire tournament undefeated. They will likely dominate First Departure. Likewise, Tongfu should be able to defeat Neolution.TH based solely on the strength of its twin stars, Hao and Mu. However, Tongfu has recently replaced two of its members, and public opinion is that the new replacements are of questionable skill. A Tongfu versus Zenith matchup pits stars IceIceIce and Yamateh against Hao and Mu, but the most important factor might just be the supports and the strength of the two teams' coordination.
Translated By TanGeng
LaNm photo courtesey of http://dota2.17173.com/news/03192013/211209672.shtml
Tomorrow, the first round of G-1 Champions League Asia region preliminary round will begin. 17173 will be broadcasting live for all of the games in the competition. In tomorrow's games, Rattlesnake will be making its debut in front of a live audience, and to mark the occasion, we have interviewed the highly popular LaNm. Let's see what he and his team have ready for us in the competition!
17173: LaNm, I am pleased to see you. It's been a while. How about saying hi to everyone.
LaNm: Long time no see, everyone.
17173: This year's G-1 will be RattleSnake's domestic debut. Describe the state of the team. Who was the first to suggest forming a team and contest Dota 2 professionally?
LaNm: We were together offline for just a few days. Nobody in particular was the initial spark, and everyone wanted to continue professionally and just got together. After a while we found the appropriate sponsorship and formed a team that can legitimately compete.
17173: After formation, the team has barely participated in any competitions. What have you been busy with all this time?
LaNm: Everyone was busy with the new year and private stuff, so we never got a chance to get together. Recently for G-1, we've recently been cramming in a bootcamp session in preparation.
17173: Your team has been called "New Team of Old Vets". Introduce the team members for us, and tell us everyone's positions.
LaNm: All of us are truly Old Vets now. In RattleSnake, I'll be switching to the 3rd position. Luo will be playing the 2. Icy plays the main carry. Kabu and Neo will be playing support.
17173: Your first round opponent is GiZmo, who are not very famous. Do you have the confidence to 2-0 them?
LaNm: We haven't practiced for very many days, so I can't say for sure. If we perform solidly, it'll be MUFC or us making it out of the group.
17173: At TI2, your rock giant left a lasting impression for all of us. Will we be able to see your Tiny in the competition at all?
LaNm: Because of role switches, that probably won't be happening. If the circumstances are right, maybe we might do it, but the probability is very small.
17173: Yesterday, G-1 announced the competition prizes and details. What are your thoughts or suggestions for the competition format?
LaNm: G-1 has always been a highly rated competition. As long as they arrange a good schedule and make considerations for the audience viewing experience, it will be good.
17173: Now for a question about a different topic. Previously you wrote an autobiography of your experience which made a strong emotional impact on many gamers. Can you tell us what the ending will be?
LaNm: That I cannot disclose at this time. It's a secret.
17173: Thank you, LaNm, for the interview. We're looking forward to your debut.
LaNm: Thanks. I hope everyone will support RattleSnake.
DotA Without Borders
Felix (right) with Chinese caster 'Ehome_DC' (left)
Hi Felix, would you like to introduce yourself?
Hi, Team Liquid! I am Felix 菜刀刃 from 17173. I'm the admin for this fifth season of G-1 league. Thank you for the interview.
This season of G-1 league's progress has been like a hurricane. Are you satisfied are you with the open qualifiers?
Last week our manager told me that there's a lot of resistance that that we might have to host League of Legends. However everything was cleared for launch on Thursday and were told that another season would begin. We decided then to have open qualifiers, even though we didn't have any experience with holding them. Special thanks to Tuski from India, Xiituzi, and you, kupons, for helping us. We started registration on Thursday and finished by Saturday and Sunday.
It was absolutely like a hurricane. We were very satisfied. Also, a special thanks to the enthusiastic and cooperation of SEA players and fans. We apologize for having limited the open bracket to only 32 teams.
Apart from TI2, G-1 will be the biggest global tournament in Dota 2. What made you want to increase the scope of the tournament beyond just Asia?
I feel like I've been brainwashed by TI2. Anybody lucky enough to go to TI felt, wow, amazing, this is real E-Sports! Unfortunately, after the demise of WDC, China lost its own global E-Sports brand. Of course G-league is incredible, and in many places it is very difficult for us to match their professionalism. Thus we can only do our best to make G-1 League better, and I felt that we could make it into a global competition and we then strove our hardest towards it.
The Asian stage 2 qualifiers are underway, and the Western Qualifiers will happen in April. Which teams are you looking forward to the most?
We've just put out an announcement for the first part of our invites. There are the four Western teams - Navi, nth, Fnatic EU, and Liquid.
I've been following the Western scene for months, watching their clashes. I feel that those four teams are the complete package, a combination of both popularity and strength. After finalizing this somebody asked me if I had looked at the Gosugamer ranking and I discovered that it coincided with their top four. I can only say that these teams have lived up to their names. Western competitions are a pleasure for the eyes and we eagerly await their battles against the Asian teams.
OK. Which of the open qualifier or stage 2 invites do you think has the best chances of making it to stage three of the Asian Group Stages?
For Group A I think it will be a competition between MUFC and RattleSnake, and even though I wish for the latter to emerge victorious, MUFC seems to be the more experienced.
Mith in Group B has never gone easy on Chinese teams, but since there's no outstanding teams, I think RisingStars has a better chance. Their new carry xiaotuji (interviewer's note: from VG's online backup team with Yaphets) is very good, though he has just started playing Dota 2.
LGD.int is the strongest of group C. They should advance as long as their attitude wasn't too affected by their performance in GEST.
As far as Group D goes, TongFu recently changed its roster, so I think it would be very difficult for them to win against Zenith.
G-1 league has been best known for its personal attitude and cheesy intros (17173's player intros and the music video), can we expect more of those in the fifth season?
We don't have many hands (staff), but we are very flexible. We can do anything that we can dream of. Despite our quality sometimes being average (haha), our spirit for innovation is first class, and if anybody has any suggestions for our videos, feel free to comment on TL. I will read them!
My First Person View - The official music video of G-1 with Eng Subs
You've taken the initiative by creating g-1.2p.com and the cooperation between you and English coverage sites has been superb. Is there anything you want to say to the Western fans of G-1?
(note: Felix answered in English for the following section)
Actually, 17173 is an interesting host for the tournament. The only benefit we could get came in terms of the page views of our web pages, g1.17173.com (Chinese) and g1.2p.com (English). So, we'd really like g1 fans to visit it, as it is the only reason why our boss and sponsor support us .
Normally, we would give the global beta key, steam ticket and Razor to encourage Chinese fans watch. But you know, Western fans don't seem to care that the beta key and other things can't be sent overseas. I'm sorry that we can't give more to Western fans, but thanks to Team Liquid and GosuGamers we're at least able to give them great coverage. You guys are amazing, and could provide unbelievable coverage. I wish more of you Western Dota 2 fans could read Chinese so you would know how far Chinese coverage is from English coverage.
Thank you! We try our best. That's everything about the upcoming G-1, then. Here are a few general questions about Dota in China. How do you feel about Dota 2 right now as a game in China and what are your expectations for its future?
I think DotA was extremely popular in China, with a playerbase in the millions. However, now a lot of them have transferred to LoL. But that's not a problem. Whether it's Dota 2 or DotA or LoL, they are all good games, and will help E-Sports in their own right. The Chinese E-Sports scene is full of life. Even though there are a lot of problems, a lot of people are hard at work, especially behind the scenes. Of course those on stage are doing a great job as well. For example, the players are all very professional!
In China lots of things are unique, or even strange, due to the political influence found everywhere. Right now E-Sports is very pure. Though a lot rides on money, it's quite healthy for the most part. I believe that Chinese E-Sports will continue to improve itself. Of course, I don't wish for it to become like ping pong (to be honest, I was a bit crestfallen when Na'Vi lost at TI2).
Thank you very much for the interview. Are there any final words you'd like to say?
I think the greatest draw of Dota 2 over DotA is that it allows for people of different cultures and nationalities to communicate and become friends. I've met a lot of non-Chinese friends through Dota 2 and learned a lot from them.
About TL, I think you are amazing, English speakers are lucky to have coverage as professional as TL. I hope that in the future more people will be willing to translate your articles into Chinese, so that Chinese can do professional coverage and discourse as well.
Thank you everyone for your support of G-1. If we can put forth our 120%, we won't be satisfied with 100%. Thank you once again!
Writers: Kupon3ss, TanGeng
Editors:TheEmulator, riptide, Firebolt145