The International 3!

August 7th, 2013 by vyk

This week I’ll be on site at the International 3 at Benaroya Hall in Seattle. If you see me anytime this week, please feel free to say hi!

My next cast will be the Steelseries Chicago Dota 2 Open on August 17 and 18. That’ll be on my stream, .

casting through june

June 10th, 2013 by vyk

I was asked today about my current casting schedule. I haven’t done the greatest job of alerting folks when I’m casting, partly because it’s been somewhat ad hoc. You’ll notice some of the below only have approximate times; I’ll edit as I get more information.

Through the end of June I’ll be casting:

10 June – Starladder S6 Day 23 (4 games) – 1000 EDT – 1600 CEST – 2200 SGT on SheeverGaming (cocasting)

13 June – Starladder S6 Day 26 (5 games) – 1100 EDT – 1700 CEST – 2300 SGT on SheeverGaming (cocasting)

14 June – Starladder S6 Day 27 (5 games) – 1100 EDT – 1700 CEST – 2300 SGT on SheeverGaming (cocasting)

15 June – Steelseries Dota 2 Open Chicago (One-day tournament) – 1100 EDT – 1700 CEST – 2300 SGT on Vykromond (probably) (casting)

17-21 June, 24 June, 28 June – ECL 2013 Redbull League (3 games each day featuring Chinese teams) – (Time TBD) on BeyondTheSummit2 (casting)

23 June – TPL Radiance Cup (7 best of 1 games and one best of 3 series featuring NA/EU teams) – 0800 EDT – 1400 CEST – 2000 SGT on TPL (casting)

There may be more opportunities that I’ll have to feel out as they come or don’t. I’m certainly hoping to add more onto this slate. What I should really do is put a calendar feature on this site to make it easier to track. ed: Rather than kvetch, I simply went ahead and added a real calendar. Here’s the link.

I also wrote a piece about the Dota Super League group A on popular team ViCi Gaming; you can read that here.

DEAD GAME: my new post at teamliquid

June 1st, 2013 by vyk

With the help of a bunch of folks over at TeamLiquid I’ve done what’s probably my best Dota related blogpost yet. It’s over on their site and it’s about the 6.78 patch notes and how prominent community members are responding. Read it here.

casting for the end of may

May 30th, 2013 by vyk

I have a few posts in the hopper but unfortunately nothing ready to publish, so hopefully in the future there’ll be some more content to fill this blog. In the interim, those interested in checking out my casting have had a decent set of opportunities, which continue tomorrow with Dota 2 Super League with Blaze as well as Starladder Season 6 with Sheever.


30 May 2013 – IG vs For.Love – 0800 EDT – 1400 CEST – 2000 SGT on BeyondTheSummit2

30 May 2013 – Empire vs Mouz – 1200 EDT – 1800 CEST – 0000 SGT on SheeverGaming

30 May 2013 – Alliance vs DD – 1300 EDT – 1900 CEST – 0100 SGT on SheeverGaming

30 May 2013 – Alliance vs Kaipi – 1400 EDT – 2000 CEST – 0200 SGT on SheeverGaming

30 May 2013 – Kaipi vs Fnatic – 1500 EDT – 2100 CEST – 0300 SGT on SheeverGaming

For something to read, Phantasmal at has been on a tear lately, with some great posts about the TI3 qualifiers and one about Alliance’s drafting style. You should go read that.

amdpl summary & super league casting

May 21st, 2013 by vyk

I have a new piece up on TeamLiquid covering the recently-concluded AMD Premier League Season 1, along with a very interesting analysis of TongFu by new TeamLiquid writer Kpoptosis. The TongFu piece may well be useful reading if you’re planning to follow the next few games of the Dota Super League, which I’ll be casting with Blaze on the BeyondTheSummit2 Twitch channel.

Super League times:

21 May 2013 – TongFu vs VG – 0800 EDT – 1400 CEST – 2000 SGT

23 May 2013 – TongFu vs For Love – 0800 EDT – 1400 CEST – 2000 SGT

Aside from that, I’ll of course be following the excellent coverage from the Beyond the Summit for the International 3 East Qualifiers, and possibly helping out with coverage of Starladder Season 6.

casting the tpl playoffs this weekend

April 26th, 2013 by vyk

This is going to be a pretty busy weekend for my casting. The Premier League is heading into its online playoffs and Blaze and I will be on staff to cover the whole experience. I’ll also be covering the Netolic Pro League Losers’ Bracket Final, and maybe other random things as well if time permits during the weekend. You should definitely check it out if you like my casting at all. Here’s a schedule:

26 April – The Premier League Season 4 Playoffs – Fnatic vs Alliance
1200 EDT / 1800 CEST / 0200 SGT – TPL Stream or in-game

26 April – The Premier League Season 4 Playoffs – Team Liquid vs
1500 EDT / 2100 CEST / 0500 SGT – TPL Stream or in-game

27 April – The Premier League Season 4 Playoffs – TBD vs TBD
1200-1800 EDT / 1800-0200 CEST / 0200-0800 SGT – TPL Stream or in-game

28 April – Netolic Pro League EAST Losers’ Bracket Finals – VG vs Netolic.SG (AFD/DM2)
0700 EDT / 1300 CEST / 1900 SGT – NetolicTV or in-game

28 April – The Premier League Season 4 Playoffs – TBD vs TBD (Grand Final)
1200-1800 EDT / 1800-0200 CEST / 0200-0800 SGT – TPL Stream or in-game

28 April – Netolic Pro League WEST Losers’ Bracket Finals  – Root-Gaming vs Artyk
1900 EDT / 0100 CEST / 0700 SGT – NetolicTV or in-game

ems one preview, next few days of casting

April 20th, 2013 by vyk

Two items of note, both of which will unfortunately send readers off-blog. I’ll endeavour to produce more original blog content when I get some extra spare time. Look for at least a wrap-up or a grand finals preview concerning Netolic here if it doesn’t get successfully pitched to one of the bigger Dota news syndicators.

1) If you’re interested at all in the big LAN event hitting Western scene DotA this weekend, the TeamLiquid preview coverage of EMS One Spring Finals that I contributed to with team profiles and translation help is probably your best resource, and you can check it out here. The event may be weirdly organised as far as the distribution of its participating teams in the bracket goes, but it should provide for some extremely entertaining and hopefully high-level DotA over the course of the weekend.

2) I’m doing some casting over the next several days as well, and these should be some fairly interesting matches. Details below the fold:  Read the rest of this entry »

recap of joindota masters 13 on teamliquid

April 18th, 2013 by vyk

I contributed to this piece about the JoinDota Masters XIII, a small but interesting tournament played out this week. My next piece for TeamLiquid will be a preview for this weekend’s ESL EMS One LAN event, which I’ll link here when it’s up.

As far as casting goes, both the Premier League and the Netolic Raidcall Pro League are progressing apace. I’m casting Mouz vs Empire in TPL on 18 April at 2000 CEST (2PM Eastern) at their stream, and the next Netolic games will be held on 21 April. Those are the Winners’ Bracket Finals for both the Eastern and Western divisions, so they should be pretty high stakes and interesting.

recap of ritmix rdl on teamliquid

April 8th, 2013 by vyk

I’ve had my first piece published on popular e-sports website Team Liquid. It’s a recap of the Ritmix Russian Dota 2 League tournament that was held over the course of the last month and served as a lagniappe in the in-game client for Starladder Season 5 tournament ticket holders. The tournament was interesting, with a somewhat surprising winner and some fine games, 5 of which I’ve listed in the piece. You can read it here.

The Netolic Raidcall Pro League has concluded its group stage and will be heading into tiebreakers and playoffs imminently. You can watch the VOD of what I think is the highlight game of the group stages at this link, or just check out the tournament standings and other details at its official site.

tpl dignitas vs vp later today

April 3rd, 2013 by vyk

I’ll be co-casting The Premier League at about 2 PM Eastern time today with Blaze. Dignitas and Virtus Pro have played each other a lot lately and it’ll be interesting watching this potentially nascent rivalry continue to develop. Stream will be here. I may post a recap here, time permitting.