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Ryan "Gorgon the Wonder Cow" Jurado

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From Boston to Kiev: Despite some snags, PGL plans to keep experimenting
Romanian event production company PGL set a new standard for quality at The Manila Major this spring, but at Boston, the second Major they organized, there were a few hiccups. Teams’...
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The Competitive Journey: Predicting the biggest changes patch 7.00 will bring to pro play
Patch 7.00 may well be the most significant update to Dota 2 since the game was launched, with eight new talents and three inactive item slots added to every hero, an overhaul of the map...
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Four Champions, One Final: All outcomes historic in Boston's Top 4
Despite being down to four teams, The Boston Major still has six prior Major-winning players and three former International champions — and there are good odds that one of them will rise...
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Did China get screwed by Boston's bracket?
The specter of instability once again hangs over China after the elimination of five of their six teams from Boston in the first round of the bracket. Unlike rankings at Valve events...
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kpii on his place in Newbee's new lineup: 'I have more of a commanding role now'
Post-The International, Newbee seem to have found the perfect mix of established pros and up-and-coming talents. Damien "kpii" Chok, Hu "KaKa" Liangzhi and Zeng "Faith" Hongda bring the...
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MoonMeander: 'If I gave it my all and I know my team tried their hardest ... I'm satisfied. Even if we get last place'
Though Digital Chaos haven't attended a lot of events since TI6, the team have looked rock steady so far at The Boston Major, 4-0ing their group to take a vital first seed in the bracket...
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Black^ on Team Faceless' crisis of confidence
Team Faceless tore a streak through SEA on their way to The Boston Major, winning 23 games in a row against domestic opponents. But they started to look shaky at their first...
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canceL^^: 'You can't just stop after you beat EG twice, you have to move on'
Although it is only the first Valve event he's attended, Mihai "canceL^^" Antonio was a key factor in compLexity's twin upsets over Evil Geniuses in The Boston Major 2016 Group Stage....
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The Team With No Plan: Ad Finem's Boston jazz
Ad Finem were assembled a year ago — almost to the day — and have been relatively unknown for most of that time. No matter their results next week, a trip to The Boston Major is a...
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The Team to Beat Is Yourself: NP's odds in Boston
There are only two completely new franchises attending The Boston Major. Although every team except Wings Gaming and Ad Finem has made roster changes ahead of the event, and older clubs...
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6.88 Again: Expect a diverse meta in Boston, even without a new patch
Unlike smaller tournaments in Dota, Valve events have always been defining moments for the competitive meta. The fundamental strategies and draft priorities developed there define an...
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Shanghai of the West: How an upset in Boston could affect roster stability in NA, EU and everywhere else
Dota’s East-West rivalry is nothing new, but up until this year, both both regions have historically experienced similar post-event roster rhythms. For a long time, teams around the...
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MOBA Meets Moneyball: How data is steering the future of Dota
Dota's casual fanbase is used to equating statistics and trivia. Pop-ups tell them that Akke won a game at this year's International without killing a single creep, or that OG have never...
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Nintendo's Esports Switch: How and why Nintendo can use Smashers to save itself
This week's Nintendo Switch announcement spawned dizzying fanfare thanks to the inclusion of a short clip that featured the visual language of esports: players in jerseys marching into a...
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The Boston Major qualifiers group stage changed to best-of-one format
The Boston Major qualifier group stage has changed its format from a best-of-two series to a best-of-one, according to sources close to Valve and PGL. The change will also pit teams...
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Washington State Gambling Commission does not expect to find Valve in compliance with requests
The Washington State Gambling Commission does not expect to find that Valve was sufficiently compliant with their requests, its director, David Trujillo, said over the phone near the end...
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DruggedFox on the community's potential growth: 'We want to share Melee with everyone'
I approached Sami "DruggedFox" Muhanna during his first pool, where he played his first stage match. At that point The Big House 6 had been going swimmingly for him, but it wouldn't for...
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S2J on joining Tempo Storm, perfecting his edge guard and his practice regimen for TBH 6
When I spoke to him on Friday, Johnny "S2J" Kim was thoughtful and plain-spoken, focused on his own weaknesses and improvement. After the interview, he reached the Top 64 in Melee...
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Duck: 'More money in [Smash] is cool but losing...the reason why we [got] into the game...would suck'
James "Duck" Ma is the soft-spoken Michigan engineer whose analytical approach to Smash landed him near the Top 20 players in the world. I sat down with him after he blew through his...