Earlier today the Twittersphere was bursting with flames following an alleged 'physical confrontation' between Alliance player Jonathan 'Loda' Berg and renowned eSports journalist Richard Lewis in the CS:Go backstage area. Dreamhack decided to comment on the incident which ended up involving Swedish police, by stating that 'Violence and any forms of harassment have no place in the gaming community, and at DreamHack events.'
It was a quick three wins for OG, taking Team Empire in utterly convincing fashion in a generously named best-of-five series. The win marks their second competition victory since forming back in late August. Earlier this month, they secured the title of the Frankfurt Major; something that has been described as a monumental victory in Dota 2. Next stop, The Defense Season V LAN Finals.
The departure of Theeban '1437 / I love you forever' Siva to Digital Chaos marks the end of Cloud9 latest Dota 2 division, which lasted 87 days. The new squad which was a mixture of NA experience and youthful exuberance had a successful three months together, but it appears Cloud9 and DC accepted a transfer fee for Theeban '1437 / I love you forever' Siva before Cloud9 decided to disband the team the following day.
Few would have expected it but Theeban '1437 / I love you forever' Siva has officially left Cloud9 behind to move to NA rivals Digital Chaos. 1437 was the founder of the new Cloud9 roster just three months ago, and did not give a solid reason for the decision aside from saying 'sometimes things need to change'. This leaves Cloud9 with two spots on their roster during the 2-week transfer window before the new roster lock.
The Winter Dota-Lan in Germany is set to be a great start for the new year. The summer event ended up being completely sold out, and with just under a month to go, time is ticking for those that wish to enter the Nordhessenhalle in Volkmarsen. The Lan is open to everyone, so if you're near Germany why not have a fun sleigh ride with some mates into some awesome DotA-action.
In an unpredictable turn of events the winners of ESL One New York Vega Squadron are out of the DreamLeague Season 4 LAN Finals, having racked up their second defeat at Dreamhack Winter 2015. This means that Team Empire, a team in poor form in the recent months but recently boosted by the addition of former-Navi player Gleb 'Funn1k' Lipatnikov will now face the Frankfurt Major winner OG.
A magical time of year is about to get even more magical. A special seasonal event called Christmas Charity Magic has been announced, and it is special indeed. The unique factor of this event is that all proceeds go to charity and that anyone can participate. How Anti-Mage will respond to this most magical of seasons is unclear.
As predicted in our preview yesterday, Vega did drag their series with 4 Clovers & Lepricon to the third game, and 4 Clovers & Lepricon did pull off the surprise win we knew they were capable of. It was Alaan 'Bamboe' Faraj who drew the score level with a victory in game two, but Pajkatt's unusual Tiny build tore Vega to shreds with 1600 damage crits and almost 10K damage during the final fight of the game.