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WePlay Dota2 Group E Preview – Isurus vs Rat, and the Rest

Saturday, March 16th, 2013

The WePlay Dota 2 tournament begins this weekend. It’s received a little less attention than many other tournaments, since this is an especially busy weekend in the Dota 2 world. In fact, we’re heading into a period of extreme activity in professional Dota 2, with The Defense wrapping up as well as playoffs for Starladder Starseries 5, TPL Season 4, Raidcall EMS One, and Raidcall D2L all coming in rapid succession, all contemporaneous with big Asia/SEA tournaments like the GEST Challenge, the ramp-up of G-1, and so on. Consequently, a tournament run by a CIS organisation, with very short lead time on the big announcements, was bound to go under the radar a bit.

Nonetheless, the tournament contains an abundance of talent- almost every relevant Tier 1 team in the Western scene is represented via direct invite and 8 ‘wildcards’ entered via qualifier rounds. The tournament’s pool play structure is innovative and appealing: each group of 4 has a “mini-bracket” with a pseudo-double elimination structure. You can find the group info at the usual suspects (please note, their translation of the pool play structure is NOT CORRECT). Today, March 16, is the kickoff, with Group E (the No Tidehunter group). Not a lot of people know about the competitors in this group other than No Tidehunter, which makes it one of the more interesting groups to predict the outcome of. Certainly NTH will advance, but who else? Who ARE these teams? I have a bit of knowledge about least one, so I thought I’d share. I hope this acts as a decent resource or viewing companion for those observing the games today.  (more…)