LaNm returns to EHOME starting lineup

EHOME ended 2016 by retiring their long-time captain Zhang “LaNm” Zhicheng and drafting around their Position 2 player, Wang “old chicken” Zhiyong. However, the team announced earlier this week that LaNm will be returning to the starting lineup, replacing their Position 4 player Luo “Xi” Yinqi.

“Following amicable discussion between players and club, EHOME Dota 2 player Xi will be stepping down, to be replaced in the support position by long-standing EHOME captain LaNm, who had previously taken up the coach/sub role in an effort to be able to spend more time with family,” EHOME announced through their Facebook account.

EHOME‘s 2017 lineup did not find any success this year, even being dumpstered in the Dota 2 Asia Championship Chinese Qualifier. They ended up with four losses and one draw, and as such notched the early exit in the qualifying tournament.

“Though his stint as coach was short, we enthusiastically and gratefully welcome back captain LaNm to help steer this ship with all his experience. Forward and onward!” EHOME added. LaNm been part of the of the franchise for a long time: throughout 2012, and since March of 2015 up until present time.

Xi, a former Invictus Gaming mainstay, has not yet announced his new team. “We would like to thank Xi for his contributions to EHOME in the past year — as a veteran player he has massively helped EHOME’s younger players across EHOME’s youth squads. Here we would like to wish him all the best in the future,” EHOME also mentioned.

Effectively, this is the roster that EHOME will be playing for coming into the Spring Major:

Chen “Cty” Tianyu
Wang “old chicken” Zhiyong
Hu “Sen” Sen
Luo “Xi” Yinqi
Jiang “jdh”‘ Donghao

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compLexity announces 747 to be replacement for canceL^^

Last February 16, compLexity Gaming lost their mid-laner Mihai “canceL^^” Antonio who said that he decided to leave the team in his own decision. After a few weeks, coL just announced that their replacement will be one of North America’s few 9000 Match Making Rating (MMR) players, Eric “747” Dong.

While not decorated, 747 already started his career in Dota 2 last 2014, with a debut from Boreal Esports and a relatively long tenure under Void Boys. His last team before joining coL was Doo Woop. His first stint with coL was right after canceL^^ left the team, as he was coL‘s stand-in for the Elimination Mode 3 tournament where they finished 2nd place just behind OG.

Currently, the lineup of coL includes:

  • Kyle “melonzz” Freedman
  • Jaron “monkeys-forever” Clinton
  • David “Moo” Hull
  • Zakari “Zfreek” Freedman
  • Eric “747” Dong

Moo will still reportedly play as the Position 1 carry while 747 will man the Position 2 that canceL^^ left behind weeks ago. monkeys-forever will stay at Position 3, while the brother melonzz and Zfreek will be the team’s support duo.


Valve introduces region locks for upcoming Kiev qualifiers

Last Fall Season, there were a number of teams such as Prodota Gaming that included all of their teams coming from the Europe Region and still qualified to the Boston Major Regional Qualifiers through the North America region. Valve is not having anymore of it, as they just announced that they will feature a region lock system to completely hinder teams from exploiting such scenarios.

FACEIT’s Milos Nedeljkovic revealed through a tweet that several rule changes that are being implemented for the upcoming Kiev Major Open Qualifiers, particularly about region locks: teams will reportedly be disqualified if they participate outside of their region, if for example three out of their five players were native to their region.

During The Boston Major Qualifier from the North America region, two European teams — namely Prodota Gaming and Elements Pro Gaming —- actually manage to advance through the two Open Qualifiers despite not playing or being based out of the North America region. Both teams, alongside other EU-based teams as well, cited the volume of EU and CIS teams to be too much and too disadvantageous for their odds to participate in the Boston Major. This drew flak all over the Dota scene during the Fall Season.

While there is still yet no direct invites released by Valve, the Open Qualifiers for the Kiev Major are set to launch by March 6.


Team OG to join Manila Masters as 2nd invite

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.

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.”

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.

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