Team Liquid win StarLadder i-League StarSeries Season 3
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Team Liquid have won StarLadder i-League StarSeries Season 3 following a 3-1 win over Team VG.J in the finals on Sunday.
Liquid quickly swept TNC Pro Team 2-0 in the semifinals, while VG.J overcame tournament favorites OG in a surprising 2-1 upset to advance to the finals. In the finals, VG.J took the lead with a decisive Game 1 win, but Liquid went on to dominate the next three maps to claim the championship without much difficulty.
SL i-League Season 3 is the first LAN Liquid have won in 2017, with their last tournament win being DreamLeague Season 6 in November.
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Fnatic's captain Chai "Mushi" Yee Fung has left the team after a storied career with the team, the organization announced Monday.
"I would like to start off by saying thank you to Fnatic for supporting me all the way from when we had just started off, and all my teammates along the way for your support," Mushi said in a statement. "I would also like to thank my fans for supporting me through thick and thin."
The iconic SEA mid originally joined the team when it was known as Team Malaysia in March 2015, though he previously played with the team for one month in 2014. The team was swiftly picked up by Fnatic after they secured a direct invite to The International 2015, where Mushi would ultimately place 13th-16th. In the time since, Mushi played in every Valve event until The Boston Major, with his greatest achievement being a fourth place finish at TI6.
“I would like to thank Mushi for picking me as the manager when the team first started as Team Malaysia, thanks for all the joyful memory he has brought to us and thanks to all the knowledge he has shared to all his teammates to make them better players,” Fnatic’s Dota manager Eric “reinnnn” Khor Wei Soon said in a statement.
“The SEA scene would not be as competitive as it is now without your presence. You have lived up your name as a legend and I hope you continue to do so in your future team.”
Fnatic has not announced a replacement for Mushi at this time.
Mineski roster completed with kYxY, eyyou; Bimbo and ninjaboogie to stay
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Mineski's roster has been rebuilt with some familiar faces, such as Lee "kYxY" Kong Yang and Nico "eyyou" Barcelon, the team announced of Facebook Thursday. Additionally, both Ryan "Bimbo" Jay Qui and Michael "ninjaboogie" Ross Jr., who were part of Mineski's previous roster, will remain with the team.
The news closely follows Mineski's announcement that Malaysian superstar Chai "Mushi" Yee Fung would be in charge of rebuilding the Philippines-based squad. As such, it's no surprise to see some of Mushi's old allies join his squad.
kYxY was teammates with Mushi during Orange eSports' semifinal run at The International 2013 and they recently both players were part of Fnatic, though kYxY was only on the roster from June 2015 to August 2015.
eyyou was also on Fnatic with Mushi, but from September 2016 to November 2016, which was a separate time period as kYxY's.
Both ninjaboogie and Bimbo will be playing alongside Mushi for the first ti. Bimbo took Mineski to The Manila Major 2016, but unfortunately finished in last place, however ninjaboogie has more to prove, as his last big achievement was Rave's 5-6th place upset at the Dota 2 Asia Championship 2015.
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On any given Sunday, Blake Martinez can be found tackling ball carriers at the frozen tundra known as Lambeau Field. But in his spare time, the Stanford alumnus turned Green Bay Packers linebacker likes to kick back and relax by streaming Dota 2 matches for charity.
But Martinez's Dota fandom far exceeds loading into a couple of solo queue games a night. In fact, the young linebacker actively follows the competitive scene and, considering that he named the original No Diggity squad as his favorite professional team coupled with the fact that he participated in and helped cast MoonDuckTV's Kiev Major Qualifier Hub, he's far from a casual.
So naturally, when asked which four NFL players he would draft to his Dota 2 team, it came as no surprise that he picked the reigning Superbowl MVP, one of NFL's most fearsome defensive linemen and two of his Green Bay teammates to play alongside him.
"I would pick Tom Brady, Aaron Rodgers, Mason Crosby, and Ndamukong Suh," he told theScore esports.
"Aaron would be our mid laner and shot caller of the game because of his smarts and skill! Also, he would pick up on Dota quickly. Tom would be the support (Position 4) because his vision is so good we would never get caught out and could make plays as Earth Spirit. Mason would be our position 5 support because he would be able to have a ton of time to strategize since all he does is kick at practice. And Suh would be our beefy offlaner/frontliner like Centaur and Axe that no one could get passed. EZ TI win."
Sure, Dota 2 and football are two very different games, but Martinez does think there are some similarities and even goes as far as to credit Dota with some of his growth as a leader.
"I think the ability to communicate and process a lot of information quickly is the two traits/skills that are extremely similar in both Dota and Football! I think Dota has helped me tremendously in just being a better leader for our defense," he said.
Touching on his rookie season, Martinez said he was encouraged by the way his year turned out — he notched 69 combined tackles to go along with one sack, one interception and four pass deflections — and looks to build on last season as he heads into his sophomore year.
"I think it went really well! It sucked to get injured near the end of the season but excited to grow from my rookie year! The way I want to grow is just seeing formations and plays quicker, stay healthy, get stronger and faster, and improve on the mistakes I made as a rookie and just grow from my experiences."