PSG.LGD drafted comfort picks for the first game of the series, Ursa, Io, Lycan, while Team Spirit pulled out a new weapon to complement Elder Titan and Tidehunter - Naga Siren. The game started off pretty slowly, with barely any blood spilt. With Naga left untouched, she easily out farmed Ursa and enter the midgame with a fast Aghs Scepter and Bloodthorn. This led to Team Spirit going around the map securing kills and objectives.
Naga Siren's upgraded Ensnare was the silver bullet against PSG.LGD's evasive heroes. With the clutch initiations by Collapse's Tidehunter and Mira's Lion, they easily closed out the first game in their favour. Team Spirit take the lead in the grand final series, 1-0.
Team Spirit were allowed to pick Collapse's signature Magnus, while LGD drafted the classic Earthshaker-Morphling combo. This game was a bit slow as well, but Yatoro didn't have as much space to farm as before. LGD learnt from game 1 and constantly invaded the jungle to hunt him down. With Io and Leshrac, PSG also went around the map claiming towers quickly, while Team Spirit struggled to defend the early pushes.
Midgame is when things turned around - once Collapse farmed his blink dagger, Team Spirit shifted into the next gear, getting pick off after pick off. Things didn't get better for PSG.LGD when Magnus got his Shard and Horn Toss. Despite what Xiao8 said during the interview about anticipating Team Spirit's Magnus, it looked like they weren't ready at all. Team Spirit 2-0 PSG.LGD.
For the third game, it feels like LGD didn't think Magnus was the problem and as expected, the CIS squad snapped it up as their first pick. However, PSG.LGD drafted two unpopular heroes in the Bloodseeker and Tinker.
For the first time this series, LGD started in control of the game. Their tankier lineup was much more survivable to Spirit's early initiations, and Spectre's haunt allowed Ame to participate in fights earlier than before. With the copious amount of crowd control and spells that provided vision and Spectre had its Aghs online, LGD's lineup morphed into a ferocious global ganking squad.
By the midgame, things looked bleak for Team Spirit due to their lack of lockdown for the Tinker, who had purchased an early Scythe. This made the team fights unwinnable for Spirit and they lost the bottom lane of barracks at 40 minutes. The second lane of barracks were destroyed 6 minutes later, followed by complete decimation in Spirit's base shortly after an Aegis pickup. Turns out, LGD didn't need to ban the Magnus. Team Spirit 2-1 PSG.LGD.
Team Spirit drafted an unorthodox lineup this game, trying to take LGD's strategy of picking Spectre against Magnus. However, LGD drafted a fast pushing lineup around Luna instead to end the game before Spectre came online and what a whomping it was. LGD only conceded two deaths this game, while getting away with 23 kills on Team Spirit. Not much to say here other than PSG.LGD equalize the series with Team Spirit 2-2.
One game to decide it all. Both teams on their tried and true comfort heroes, with Collapse Magnus, Miposhka Wyvern, while PSG.LGD went with their Tiny/Lycan combo. PSG.LGD secured an early gold lead with their faster early game farmers but Team Spirit didn't let up, matching their farm on their cores despite losing towers. Team Spirit continued playing patiently, getting items on their Ember Spirit, Terrorblade and Magnus.
Once LGD's cores came online, the Tiny/Lycan combo failed to secure any important kills while Team Spirit continued farming. Thanks to the massive initiations from Collapse on his signature Magnus, Team Spirit had no problems picking off cores and securing objectives around the map. Team Spirit never let up the pressure and eventually pummeled LGD into submission. When they knew LGD had no more buybacks, Spirit marched down the Dire base to end the game 3-2.
Congratulations to Yatoro, TORONTOTOKYO, Collapse, Mira, Miposhka and Silent - Team Spirit are the champions of The International 10. They walk away with a whopping USD 18,208,300 and the Aegis of the Immortal. What a fairy tale story for the CIS squad. From playing tier 2 tournaments to getting knocked down to the lower bracket in the first round of the playoffs of TI 10, they've displayed that they're the best Dota 2 team in the world today.
For those of you with plans to attend this year's Dota 2 world championship, The International 2021, you can start planning accordingly. While a bit late for a some people, Valve unveiled the date of the sale and ticket prices for the upcoming tournament in an official blog post today.
The International Dota 2 Championships begin with Group Stage October 7 - 10, followed by the Main Event at National Arena October 12 - 17.
Tickets to attend the Main Event will be sold in three separate two-day bundles:
Midweek 1 (October 12 and 13): 249 Lei
Midweek 2: (October 14 and 15) 249 Lei
Finals: (October 16 and 17) 999 Lei
Tickets will go on sale September 22, 2021 at 12:00 EEST.
All tickets can be purchased here: theinternational2021.entertix.ro
Converted, that's RM 247/USD 59 for midweek, and RM 991/USD 237 for the finals. Not cheap, but assuming you're already spending money to travel to Bucharest, Romania, it's probably the least of your expenses (unless you live in the vicinity, of course!).
Take note that all attendees of the event must be fully vaccinated and masked (a given during these times). There will be protocols in place to keep everyone at the event as safe as possible. I wouldn't be surprised if there were no in-person activities this year, such as photo ops or autograph sessions. Regardless, it's great that we're slowly getting back to having live audiences for esports events. Not having the sound of the crowd picking up on caster microphones over the past year has left tournament casts feeling pretty empty.
In addition to the tickets, Valve announced that all players will have access to The International 2021 Compendium. At the moment you can start collecting Player Cards for your fantasy team (booster packs for attending teams are also being sold). At the moment we only have access to the Talent list and Player Cards - Fantasy, Main Event and Bracket Predictions will be enabled at a later date. Dota 2 also received several spectator mode improvements so the in-game watching experience will be better - we now get smoke, aegis indicators, BKB, Aegis, shared Tango timers, accurate Roshan timers, Power Rune indicators, and more.
The remaining 2 teams who will be playing at TI 10 are going to be decided this weekend and we'll get to see who qualifies from the CN and EU regions. It's going to be one heck of a qualifier! Catch all the action live on eGG Network TV and Twitch.
Presenting you, all eight teams who will be competing in Group Stage of the Wild Rift SEA Icon Series in Malaysia, with the final four teams finalised earlier this week. Will these four rookies be able to go up against the top 4 teams of Summer Season: Berjaya Dragons, Geek Fam, SEM9 and RTZ UndeRank? With RM60,000 on the line, it'd be unwise not to toughen up and give these top dogs a hard time.
PCS 2021 is back with Summer Season! The 10 best League of Legends teams across Southeast Asia, Taiwan and Hong Kong are battling once more for the championship title.
PCS 2021 Summer will run every Friday to Sunday, from today (9 July) onwards at 4PM daily. The English broadcast will be streamed LIVE on eGG Network TV! All language PCS 2021 Spring streams – including Mandarin and Thai – can be found on YouTube, and individual Twitch channels have been set up for English, Mandarin and Thai, with Huya for simplified Chinese.
More info on the LoL PCS 2021 Spring Playoffs can be found on the official website.
It's now down to the final four teams of the international Arena of Valor World Cup who are still in the running for the world championship title. Who will persevere in the Semifinals and be one step closer to being crowned Arena of Valor champions?
AWC 2021 Semifinals begins tomorrow (10 - 11 July) at 3PM and 6PM, respectively, followed by the Grand Finals on 18 July. The AoV series is available LIVE on Facebook and YouTube, in five languages - English, Bahasa Indonesia, Chinese, Thai, and Vietnamese.
Dates: 9 July, 2.30PM (Solo); 10 - 11 July, 11AM (Squad/Ladies).
Where to watch: PUBG Mobile Facebook.
Dates: 9 - 11 July, 16 - 19 July.
Where to watch: eGG Network TV.
*All times listed are in GMT +8.
Despite the rocky year we've been experiencing in 2020, it looks like it has done nothing to quench the thirst for cosmetics from Dota 2 fans worldwide. Earlier this afternoon, a tweet from a Valve employee announced, the prize pool for The International 10 (the annual Dota 2 tournament that all fans and players look forward to) has yet again surpassed the prize pool of the previous iteration (TI 2019).
A tradition that has taken place ever since the introduction of the Battle Pass in 2013 (back then it was called the Compendium), the prize pool for the International has not stopped increasing with each passing year. The Battle Pass gives players access to cosmetics, items, voice lines, sprays, challenges, and more to enhance their Dota 2 experience. From all purchases of the Battle Pass, related treasures and Battle Points, 25% of the proceeds will be contributed to the prize pool.
At the time of writing, TI 10's prize pool sits at a whopping $34,343,651 - with 19 days to go until the end of the Battle Pass, and a few more rewards to be released, it's still got room to grow.
TI 10 was postponed this year due to the pandemic - if it had taken place according to plan, the Grand Finals would have been on Monday - and nobody knows when it will be rescheduled to. Fortunately, a number of organizations in the scene have taken the initiative to host regional online-only tournaments that don't require players to travel. Not as exciting when we don't get to see teams from different regions duking it out, but it's better than nothing.
No word on when we'll be able to see our favourite Dota 2 players go head to head at international LAN events again, but we're all looking forward to that day. Stay tuned to eGG Network for more news and updates on esports!