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The International 2017 | Results and new Valve game

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The International 2017 | Quick Review

The Grand Final of The International 2017 is ended. In the last two weeks, 18 best teams of the Dota 2 world fight for the biggest cyber sports prize found that equals to $24.633.871.

TI7 | Favorites

To the everyone’s disappointest, the main part of the favorites was not in their best form. One of the first team that left the world championship was the favorite of the American public Evil Geniuses – the team suffered two defeats in a row from NewBee and the dark horses of the tournament – Empire, and could not even enter the top-8. On the 9-12th place, Team Secret also stopped, which could not cope with the main competitors.

Perhaps the most insecure game in the playoffs showed the OG – from the group the team only went to the bottom grid with statistics 9-7. Even in the match with TnC, cautious actions were traced, and Tal “Fly” Aizik’s team looked very pale. The result of the top-8: take a rematch against the Filipinos and improve the result of the 2016 – succeeded, but already in the next game OG flew out of the tournament.

Team Empire – the dark horse of the tournament lost their main player right in the beginning of the tournament, but Resolut1on saved their day! Cloud 9 and Evil Geniuses can not stand against Russians. Virtus.Pro show a great result against Chinese commands along with the Liquid.

TI7 | Chinese teams

Nobody except the Spanish inquisition Chinese teams can achieve such high results. Four from the five Chinese commands ended in the upper tournament grid and earned honorable top6 places. The strongest of the Chinese teams are NewBee that earned second place and $3.950.067.

Chinese teams were the strongest in the tournament and only Team Liquid and Virtus.Pro could show a nice game against them. Team Liquid could manage to make five victories in a line and beat out the tournament most of the Middle Kingdom’s representatives.

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In the Grand Final Kuroky and Co did not left any chances to the NewBee and we saw the perfect victory of The International for the first time. Liquid vs. NewBee – 3:0 for the first time in the history of The International.

TI7 | Results

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The International 2017 ended, and that’s how the teams were divided into places:

  1. Team Liquid – $10 794 903
  2. Newbee – $3 925 419
  3. LGD Forever Young – $2 576 056
  4. LGD Gaming – $1 717 371
  5. Invictus Gaming – $1 104 024
  6. Virtus.Pro – $1 104 024
  7. OG – $613 347
  8. Team Empire – $613 347
  9. Team Secret – $368 008
  10. Evil Geniuses – $368 008
  11. Digital Chaos – $368 008
  12. TnC – $368 008
  13. Execration – $122 669
  14. Cloud 9 – $122 669
  15. Infamous – $122 669
  16. IG.Vitality – $122 669
  17. HellRaisers – $61 335
  18. Fnatic – $61 335

The International 2017 | Other event and Info

As all other Internationals – The International 2017 show many other events, announces and competitions. For example, in this year for the first time was played the show-match with the prize found, and the five winners will immediately receive $100 000.

The Results of the Show Match:

  1. Team Radiant (RAMZES666, Suma1L, s4, BoBoKa, KuroKy)
  2. Team Dire (n0tail, Miracle, Universe, kaka, Solo)

Dendi Vs. OpenAI

Another show match was a surprise for all visitors of the TI7, in the play-off, OpenAI presented their smart bot, that play against one of the most popular Dota 2 player – Dendi. The rules of the match were standard – players play on Shadow Fiends and the side that loses the tower or which hero will be killed two times will lose the game.

Dendi starts to lose the game from the very first minutes. AI ideally stopped all creeps and quickly attack Dendi any time he wants to heal himself or to regen some mana. Just After three minutes, Dendi died in the first time, and only after a minute, he died in the second time.

As developers said they spend a lot of time to build this bot. They spent one year, and two weeks AI was tested with the real players. Developers said that in the next TI they will create a whole AI team, that will be able to play 5×5 matches.

New Dota 2 Heroes

The last TI always announced new heroes, and this time is not an exception. In this year Valve surprised everyone and announced two completely new characters. At the moment we do not know who are they, and which roles they can take, but I sure that soon we will know everything about them.

One is a unique hybrid of an Armadillo and a Cat, that is armed with the Rapier. All we know, that he is a very agile hero.

Other is a fairy creature, that shows in the movie just for a couple of seconds.

Other TI7 Events

At the main tournament of the year, there were a lot of interesting things – from the competition of short films and voting for Arkana set of items (Pudge wins), to stunning matches and a large number of the most diverse content from the lighting staff that you can see In our section.

The International 2017 has come to an end. Now both developers and professional players leave for a short break, but very soon both fans of professional dota and simple players will be awarded with a lot of cool stuff. Detailed information on the new characters, a huge patch v7.07, the second act of the Battle Pass campaign and a new Arcana for Pudge.

Love CCG? Meet the Artifact: The DOTA Card Game

The whole new game was announced in The International 2017. But this was not a Half-Life 3, or the new part of the Portal. This time Valve decided to create their own collection card game and released Artifact: The DOTA Card Game.

artifact the dota card game

Day 9 said something about the very concept of the game, and he said that Artifact is a game that looks like a Hearthstone, but with three lanes and some other Dota 2 attributes.

I played a little, i was destroyed on two lanes. I tried to build barracks and spam creeps.


Also, we know that the game developer is the main game designer from Double Fine, that early worked on tactical RPG Massive Chalice and coop Tower Defense game – Trenched.


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Overwatch | Anniversary

Overwatch Anniversary 2017

Overwatch | Anniversary event

As was promised earlier, on May 23 Overwatch began to celebrate the first birthday of the game. There are no special events like “Uprising” this time, but there are many other interesting additions and changes.

First, all the characters learned to dance: for example, Tracer dances Charleston, Angel – Hustle, and Farra plays on an imaginary guitar. Dancing was added to the emotions section. Secondly, a dozen of legendary skins was created: D.Va can be dressed up in a pinup, and you can make from Lucio a jazz musician (with this skin, even the compositions change on acceleration and healing!). Third, there are a lot of small things – profile icons, replicas, and graffiti.

Overwatch Anniversary event

The above is part of the “Anniversary” and is caught in special containers. As usual, at the time of the event, all standard boxes were replaced with special ones. They will fall until 12 June.

However, not all new cosmetics are available exclusively at the event. Orisa, Sombra, Reaper and Tracer received several standard emotions – they can be obtained at any time.

Anniversary new maps

Finally, Blizzard expanded the list of arenas: “Necropolis” near the Anubis temple, “Castillo” near Dorado and “The Black Forest” near Eichenwald were added to the “Ecological Station: Antarctica“. These arenas will become part of the “Duel” and “Liquidation” regimes and show the life of the heroes of the game (more about this – in the videos below).

Overwatch Anniversary

The rules of these modes, by the way, have changed a little. In “Duels” now there is a limited choice of characters instead of a random hero. And in the “Liquidation” system is blocking one the fighters, with whom you have already won in one of the rounds. That is, the most powerful bundle of Roadhog, Ana, Soldier-76 will from now on be seen much less often.

Blizzard also thought about those who are not familiar with Overwatch yet. The company will hold a free weekend in the game on all platforms from 26 to 30 May. In addition, the shooter is now sales with a discount.


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League of Legends | Ranked matches in Season 7 | Elo SoloQ S7

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League of Legends | Ranking games 2017

In the 2016 year, the Riot games made a huge mistake, they get rid of the SoloQ and DuoQ. Some of the most loyal players took this as a betrayal from their beloved company. But Riots admit that they were wrong, and in 2017 they will bring back SoloQ and DuoQ.

lol elo leagues

For courageous players who love to play in SoloQ or DuoQ Riot bring back Solo/Duo queue. For ones who love competitive spirit it moba games, Riot transform dynamic queue into flexible.

If you having a great joy by playing a League of Legends but just can not afford to play for 20 hours per week to promote his Elo then you can use some services that can boost your account to the desired highs. Just find a decent company to order lol boosting and do everything you can to hold this position.

SoloQ and DuoQ in LoL

The new system is much alike the old one, that was in 2015. Stand in queue solo or with a best friend and do your best to earn Gold or any higher Elo division. The only thing that is looking differently is that now you could choose two roles that your prefer. And the Challenger division available only to Solo players.

Flexible queue

Flexible queue gives an opportunity to play with groups up to five peoples, just like a dynamic queue in season 6 – and those who will play in both queues will receive an additional reward in the season’s end. If you have a team that focused on a victory, then just try to participate in those matches.

Team queue that LoL has at the moment will be added into the new queue system. FlexQ will be available from 9 p.m. to 4 p.m. seven days per a week.

Ranking games | Changes in Season 7

We all must rejoice because Riots finally returned SoloQ and DuoQ, but what changes they amplify to them? Let’s look a little bit closer at all changes.

Those of you who follow Riots and read every their comment now may wonder, what are these changes everybody is talking about? During a long time Riots tried to add SoloQ/DuoQ next door to the DynamicQ. All available paths are looked quite bad, and Riot thinks that they will ruin both of these regimes. They even thinking about to enhance just the Dynamic queue to make it cool for everyone, like for the peoples who sincerely hate to play against premade teams.

During Season 6 Riot can enhance their ranking system a lot, and the same structure of the dynamic queue, and that is why they now sure that they could create two separate ranking queues.

Besides of the group size restrictions, we have other differences that these queues have:

  • The ability to carry the whole game with only one champion. Only a few groups of players thinking about their future strategy, but in the SoloQ peoples rely on their ability to carry games just by themselves. Only your ability to play League of Legends in a right way can bring you a victory!
  • The other thing that is much different from the Dynamic queue is the ability to unite the whole team in SoloQ and DuoQ. You need to become a strong leader, that can adapt to the all dangerous that can meet you on your long road to victory.

But the Dynamic Queue will receive next benefits after all solo and duo players will leave the DynamicQ:

  • At the champion choosing screen players need to focus on a creation of a balanced team, think about gaming strategy in the mid and late game. But no all the solo players wanted to adapt to your team.
  • A dynamic queue has it own Meta, where players are focused on an early ganks and push.

Possible Issues

But dividing Dynamic queue into two lesser can affect the waiting time. Every queue needs its own solo players. In different regions, this problem can show itself differently, so Riots will precisely look at the whole situation. If this problem will show itself, then Riots will make changes in a dynamic queue,  and only 5-man-group can enter it.

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Riots always wanted to give a special competitive experience to the players, wherever they play – group, solo or duo.

Ranked games | champion select

Since the Season 7 the champion selection phase is updated. New Draft pick allows you to choose a primary and secondary position (Mid, Jungle, Top, Support, ADC).

The champion selection phase includes next phases:

  • Pick intent: You can declare a champion that you wanted to play is a short period before and after banning. This has no effect on other players, besides just showing them your favorite champion that you want to play.
  • Banning phase: All players must choose a champion to ban during 30 seconds, banned champion can not be picked by both teams and all bans happen during the same time. Team mates can not ban the same champion, but your choice may be the same, as the enemy team has.
  • Champion selection: Players are given position that based on the 2 roles they chose before in the lobby. Each player pick champion turn by turn.
  • Trade: Players can trade chosen champions. One player can initiate the trade and if the other player confirms the trade, then your champions will be swapped. it is possible to execute multiple trades before the game begins.
  • Leaves: never leave a match, or you will receive a penalty. You will be restricted from the entering ranking queue for 6 minutes. If you leave more than one ranked game, then this time can be increased to one hour.