Boston Major Grand Final Recap: OG close out the series 3-1 to win Boston Major against Ad Finem

It took Ad Finem all they’ve got just to reach Game 4 after an action-packed, back-to-back Game 3. However, it was the veteran savvy and the better discipline of the OG that closed out the series in 38 minutes of action.

READ: OG downs Ad Finem in Game 1
OG routs Ad Finem in Game 2
Ad Finem take Game 3 after 79 minutes of back-and-forth action


Johan “N0tail” Sundstein
Anathan “ana” Pham
Gustav “s4” Magnusson
Jesse “JerAx” Vainikka
Tal “Fly” Aizik

Ad Finem

Omar “Madara” Dabasas
Dimitris “ThuG” Plivouris
Xaris “SkyLark” Zafirou
Verros “Maybe Next Time” Apostolos
Giorgos “SsaSpartan” Giannakopoulos


Game 4 pick

Ad Finem saw their potential with Rubick against OG and drafted it again for this game. They also now feature a pick-off draft around Nyx Assassin + Lifestealer as well as the Mirana support. OG, meanwhile, snagged the Legion Commander from the hands of Ad Finem and were able to take signature heroes for JerAx (Earth Spirit) and Ana (Invoker).

Ad Finem took a lot of awkward engagements that gave a significant lead to OG, especially when JerAx’s rotations were on-point. They were able to secure four early kills for themselves, as well as a successful first usage of the Duel. However, Ad Finem were able to hit the perfect timing on the Nyx Assassin, delivering good infest bombs alongside Madara‘s Lifestealer. Additionally, Ad Finem managed to lift Thug from the fourth place of the gold networth chart up to the first because of ancient stacks in their favor. This resulted to both teams heading up to the mid-game with essentially even farm.

15 minutes into the game, Ad Finem were able to flank OG around the Radiant jungle, and they scored two kills on OG‘s cores. This gave Thug‘s Templar Assassin to secure the Roshan and have enough gold for a Blink Dagger when the dust settled. OG, on the other hand, still managed to even the scales by setting up ancient stacks for their Sven. Ad Finem may have reached a critical mass by 20 minutes — through their item pickups and Aegis advantage — but a good timing on the Duel to lock down Lifestealer + Ana‘s Chaos Meteor helped OG deter their opponent from snowballing. 21 minutes in, it’s still anybody’s game.

Ad Finem then continued to make mistakes with their Nyx infest bombs, even to a point that they were ganking Ana‘s Invoker without true sight. Their failed ganks shifted the momentum well into OG‘s favor, giving them enough space to clear ancient stacks and tower pushes. The gold advantage helped even the supports of OG that JerAx‘s Earth Spirit secured a Blink Dagger. With so much initiation and damage output for the side of OG, they controlled the game and wiped Ad Finem at the 26th minute mark. The end result, they destroyed a whole set of barracks on Ad Finem‘s mid-lane as early as the 27 minute mark, as well as notching a 10,000 gold networth.

Ad Finem looked to stop their bleeding by taking objectives such as Roshan; upon which they were successful. However, OG already have the tools to outclass Ad Finem, such as a Black King Bar for n0tail. This paid dividends for OG‘s side, making it too hard for Ad Finem to even control OG in their skirmishes. 33 minutes into the game, OG were able to catch the Nyx Assassin with the Lifestealer infest bomb unawares, and they were able to kill four heroes (including Lifestealer and Templar Assassin) when the rest of Ad Finem tried to save them. This resulted in to OG destroying another set of barracks in their favor.

Admirably, Ad Finem will try to take the game back though infest bombs, but there weren’t enough damage between Lifestealer and Nyx Assassin. OG will close out the game in 38 minutes, as the rest of Ad Finem fall to OG‘s superior damage and farm. Today, Fly and n0tail take their third major championship — they reunite with the Eaglesong and take home USD 1,000,000.

Game 4 graph

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Mineski, XCTN, TNC to participate in Star Series Season 3 SEA Qualis

Three teams from the Philippines and other Filipino players (who are participating through multi-national teams) will be representing the country for the upcoming Starladder Star Series Season 3 through the Southeast Asia (SEA) Qualifiers. Only one, however, will qualify for the LAN Finals to be held at Shanghai, on February 26-28.

Mineski.GGNetwork, Execration, and the recent WESG World Champions TNC were all Philippines-based squads and were all directly invited to the said SEA Qualifiers. Meanwhile, John Linuel “Teehee” Abanto will be playing under the banners of the Malaysia-based team Geek Fam while both Jacko “Jacko” Soriano and Patrick “JyC” Pascua will play for Malaysia-based Power Gaming as well.

The SEA Qualifier will commence from January 17 to 25. Only one team will advance to the LAN Finals, where they will face the directly invited team Wings Gaming and six other teams who will come from the qualifiers from China, EU, CIS, and Americas regions. Eight teams will then fight for the USD 300,000 prize pool of the said event.

Filipino rosters include:


Khim “Gabbi” Villafuerte
Fernando “Nando” Mendoza
Djardel “DJ” Mampusti
Joshua “Owa” Dela Serna
Kimuel “Kim0” Rodis

Mineski.GGNetwork (No Changes)

Ryan “Raging-_-Potato” Jay Qui
Galvin “Meracle” Kang Jian Wen
Ralph Richard “RR” Peñano
Julius “Julz” De Leon
Michael “ninjaboogie” Ross Jr.

TNC Pro Team

Marc Polo “Raven” Luis  Fausto
Carlo “Kuku” Palad
Samson Solomon “Sam_H” Enojosa Hidalgo
Timothy “Tims” Randrup
Ryo “ryOyr” Hasegawa

RELATED: Tims to complete TNC roster

The three All-Pinoy teams will go up against Fnatic, Faceless, WG.Unity, Geek Fam and Power Gaming.


Filipino squad TNC bags 39M PHP after 2-1 victory against C9

After a grueling single-elimination playoff bracket, it was the All-Filipino team TNC who took the Olympics-style World Electronic Sports Games (WESG) Dota 2 tournament all the way to the championship. They prevailed against Cloud9, an All-Danish team, 2-1 and took home USD 800,000.

Game 1 went convincingly well for the all Filipino team, after stalwart Marc Polo “Raven” Luis  Fausto finished the game with no deaths on his Weaver pick. A stellar early game cemented a good networth lead for the TNC squad, a sizeable 4000 gold during the first 13 minutes of the game. Jon “13abyKnight” Andersen’s Ember Spirit, however, won the mid-game for Cloud9, and were actually able to take the lead of the game by the 22nd minute. Then again, it was Raven’s Weaver who closed out the game during the end-game engagements, by dissecting the lineup of Cloud9 with the help of Timothy “Tims” Randrup’s Earth Spirit initiations.

Game 2 was when Cloud9 started to show their potential as Denmark’s representatives, taking a page out of an old book: they drafted a support Sven and paired it with their offlane Dark Seer, and the Surge into Stormbolt with Ion Shell support utterly destroyed the laning phase of TNC. The All-Filipino were relentless, but there was so much farm on the side of Cloud9 from the early stages of the game for them to handle. Cloud9 evened up the series 1-1 after Game 2, and both teams were on match point to take the USD 800,000 grand prize.

Game 3 was a total brawl between two teams. The networth graph changed its momentum for more than 10 times, showing how back-and-forth the game went. TNC were leading in terms of gold networth because of how Raven was dominant with his Juggernaut, but the Cloud9 squad have kept them in check behind 13abyKnight’s Outworld Devourer and Marcus “Ace” Hoelgaard’s Luna. At the end of the day, TNC scored a huge win by wiping out the lineup of Cloud9 behind Carlo “Kuku” Palad’s Queen of Pain who itemized really well during the latter stages of the game: he picked up Blade Mail and Octarine Core to synchronize with his Level 25 Talent of + 70% Life Steal to survive the firepower of Cloud9.

After 58 minutes and 55 seconds of action, TNC took the series 2-1 and secured the grand prize of USD 800,000. They are the first champions of WESG. On the other hand, Cloud9 left China — the tournament grounds — with USD 400,000 in the bank.


Dota2 Asia Championships announce invites, schedule

The biggest non-Valve Dota 2 tournament in terms of prize pool returns to China as Dota 2 Asia Championships (DAC) is set to kick off April 1-4, 2017. Invited teams include former DAC champion Evil Geniuses, The International 2016 champion Wings Gaming, Boston Major champion OG, and Chinese powerhouse Newbee.

Perfect World and Valve teams up again to bring DAC to Shanghai with the group stages set to start on March 28, while the Main Event to commence on April 1-4. 12 teams will be fighting for an unannounced prize pool as of yet — The first DAC back in 2015 awarded Evil Geniuses as the champions with USD 1.5 Million from more than USD 3 Million of total prize pool. Aside from the four invites, the eight other teams will be selected from the qualifier winners from each region: another four from the China Qualifier, one from Southeast Asia, one from America, one from Europe, and one from CIS.

The China Qualifier, which involves 13 teams from the region, was set to kick off January 13 and will end on the 15th. Meanwhile, the other regional qualifiers’ dates are still unannounced.

The first champion of the said tournament (which was held last 2015) was Evil Geniuses. This was also the breakout performance of Sumail “Suma1L” Hassan, who was just 15 years old back then. Suma1L still joins the lineup of Evil Geniuses and will be attending the tournament as the directly-invited defending champions.