Hearthstone to implement Ranked Play Changes, nerf to Spirit Claw
POSTED BY Caisam Yvez Nopueto ON February 15, 2017
Battlenet just recently released a statement that includes the upcoming changes to Hearthstone — a few nerfs pointed towards the Shaman deck and a big change to Ranked Play.
The additional Ranked Play floors could help a lot in terms of maintaining and climbing the ladder:
Once a player hits Rank 15, 10, or 5, they will no longer be able to de-rank past that rank once it is achieved within a season, similar to the existing floors at Rank 20 and Legend. For example, when a player achieves Rank 15, regardless of how many losses a player accumulates within the season, that player will not de-rank back to 16. We hope this promotes additional deck experimentation between ranks, and that any losses that may occur feel less punishing.
Small-Time Buccaneer now has 1 Health (Down from 2)
The combination of Small Time Buccaneer and Patches the Pirate has been showing up too often in the meta. Weapon-utilizing classes have been heavily utilizing this combination of cards, especially Shaman, and we’d like to see more diversity in the meta overall. Small Time Buccaneer’s Health will be reduced to 1 to make it easier for additional classes to remove from the board.
Spirit Claws now costs 2 Mana (Up from 1)
Spirit Claws has been a notably powerful Shaman weapon. At one mana, Spirit Claws has been able to capitalize on cards such as Bloodmage Thalnos or the Shaman Hero power to provide extremely efficient minion removal on curve. Increasing its mana by one will slow down Spirit Claws’ ability to curve out as efficiently.
According to Zeriyah, these changes will occur in an upcoming update near the end of February.
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Team OG to join Manila Masters as 2nd invite
POSTED BY Caisam Yvez Nopueto ON February 24, 2017
Mineski Events Team (MET), along with ESL, announced just last week a big international Dota 2 tournament that will be held in the Philippines this May. Manila Masters will feature eight teams, and Evil Geniuses was revealed last week as the first invites. Seven days after, The Masters organizers announced that the Boston Major champions OG will be the second team to join the lineup.
Manila are you ready to #DreamGreen?
— The Manila Masters (@themastersgg) February 24, 2017
OG won their second Major championship here in the Philippines, after a 3-1 victory over Team Liquid last June 2016. They are also a decorated franchise, winning three out of the four Valve-sponsored Major so far, including the recently concluded Boston Major last December. OG expressed their excitement of joining the said tournament by tweeting in the Filipino language: “Excited na kami para sa Manila Masters! Rak na ito.”
We are excited to compete at the Manila Masters this coming May.
Excited na kami para sa Manila Masters! Rak na ito. pic.twitter.com/2dVIMZRbcB
— OG (@OGDota2) February 24, 2017
Manila Masters, an international Dota 2 tournament set on May 26-28 that will feature eight top teams from around the world to battle for the USD 250,000 prize pool. Tickets are also set to go on sale 7:00 PM today, February 24, at SM Tickets, so watch out for that. Start saving up now because with this, the Philippines will truly become one of the Dota 2 capitals of the world. For more information regarding the event please, you can visit the official Masters website.
Star Series Preview: TNC vs OG to headline Day 1
POSTED BY Caisam Yvez Nopueto ON February 23, 2017
StarLadder i-League Star Series Season 3 (Star Series Season 3) kicks of today with a headline starring a chance for revenge: OG will open up Day 1 with a duel against TNC Pro Team, the team that eliminated them from The International 2016. Meanwhile, Digital Chaos also gets their second shot against Wings Gaming, as they are grouped together in the Group Stages of the said tournament.
StarLadder and ImbaTV present the third joint season of StarSeries for this USD 300,000 Prize-pooled tournament. This will be conducted Shanghai International Gymnastics Center, Shanghai China, from February 23 to 28.
— Wykrhm Reddy (@wykrhm) February 22, 2017
The group stages will be held from Feb 23 to 24. This is a Double-elimination (GSL) format with matches played in Best of three (BO3). The top two teams from each group will advance to the playoffs.
Group A will be consisting of invited team OG, with the Southeast Asia Qualifier TNC, Europe Qualifier Team Secret, and China Qualifier iG.Vitality. On the other hand, Group B consists of directly invited team Wings Gaming, alongside North America Qualifier Digital Chaos, secondary Europe Qualifier Team Liquid, and secondary China Qualifier Vici Gaming.J.
Grand Prize winner will take home USD 135,000, while second placers will take USD 60,000, and 3rd-4th placers with USD 30,000.
The first match for the tournament will be TNC going up against OG, and will start 10:00am local time.
MET, ESL to launch Manila Masters: a $250,000 Prize Pool Dota 2 tourney, EG first to confirm
POSTED BY Caisam Yvez Nopueto ON February 17, 2017
Mineski Events Team (MET) and ESL announced the introduction of Manila Masters, an international Dota 2 tournament set on May 26-28 that will feature eight top teams from around the world to battle for the USD 250,000 prize pool.
“The Mineski-Events Team is more than ready to embark on the latest chapter of its storied journey, as it introduces the Manila Masters by PLDT presented by PLDT, its biggest event up to date,” disclosed MET through a press release.
This would be the very first SEA-organized event with a global scale, and also the biggest tournament organized by MET. “The Manila Masters will gather eight of the best teams from all over the world here in Manila, where they are set to duke it out for pride, glory, and the lion’s share of the $250,000 prize pool from May 26-28, in the SM Mall of Asia Arena, in front of some of what many people consider to be the best fans in esports,” they added.
“MET has always been ready. As the most experienced and professional organizing team in the Philippines, we rose to meet the challenges posted by ESL the past few years and we have grown even more since then. We’re excited to put into action everything we’ve learned in order to put the Philippines on the map. We are very thankful for the Filipino fans — this could never have happened without their passion and energy for esports,” said Marlon Marcelo, Mineski Franchise Corporation VP for Marketing, and MET Department Head — who also happens to be famous in the local Filipino scene as shoutcaster Lon.
“We’ve had a great experience working with Mineski on the region’s largest esports event in 2016, when we hosted the first Dota 2 competition at ESL One Manila. I’m confident that their experience, knowledge and passion for esports is going to be a solid base to build an outstanding event on. We’re excited to see what they will come up with, and we’re looking forward to bringing more ESL events to Manila in the coming years,” said Ulrich Schulze, ESL Vice President Pro Gaming – Business & Strategy.
MET also announced that top team and The International 5 champions Evil Geniuses will be headlining the list of teams that will participate in Masters Manila. “Making true of its claim of showcasing the very best teams in the world, the Manila Masters is proud to reveal Evil Geniuses, as the very first team to confirm their invitation. The boys in blue will be flying out to Manila this May, looking to add yet another prestigious trophy to their ever-growling cabinet of awards.”
Tickets are set to go on sale 7:00 PM next Friday, February 24, at SM Tickets, so watch out for that. Start saving up now because with this, the Philippines will truly become one of the Dota 2 capitals of the world. For more information regarding the event please, you can visit the official Masters website.