Valve invite letter "disregarded" as EHOME's CTy's visa is declined

'Cty American visa rejected, need help' was the message post on Weibo by EHOME team manager Tang '71' Wenyi (pictured). Chen 'Cty' Tianyu is not the first Chinese player to run into difficulties ahead of TI, with CIS having similar trouble last year. What is more worrying for the Chinese organisation is that according to LGD's Orrin 'nite' Xu, Valve's invitation letter was 'completely disregarded'.

The CIS Kings are Crowned: VP beat Empire and claim their bounty in Esportal

Following a turbulent 5-Game series in the Esportal Grand Final full of action and interesting picks, Virtus Pro have come out victorious. They claim a first prize of $32000, and the second BO5 victory over their CIS rivals Team Empire in the space of a few weeks, following the recent showmatch between the two. With both teams having been invited to TI5, any matchup can be very telling of what we can expect going into...

Ten of the best TI5 Short Film submissions so far, one week remains!

The Dota 2 Short Film contest has shown us some very funny, creative and well made vidoes that the community has created. With a week left for submissions and two weeks left to vote, we bring you our favorite Dota 2 short films, ranging from live action pieces, to some incredible in game creations. These submissions are sure to make you laugh or are simply there to impress.

NAR receive sponsorship ahead of TI for the second year in a row

Exactly 100 days passed between the initial tweet announcing that North American Rejects would be returning, and the announcement that the TI5 potentials will be playing under a new alias; Team Archon. The change comes in light of NAR v2 being the only unsponsored team in the running for TI5. Last year's NAR managed to get picked up by Na'Vi, making this the second year in a row Korok and Fogged found sponsorship ahead of a...

Nahaz: "The Dota equivalent of the NBA shot chart is not far off"

Statistician and commentator Alan 'Nahaz' Bester was propositioned the idea of a single metric to determine a player's skill by Hotbid during an interview at ESL One Frankfurt. Could it be possible to create a single number to express a player's contributions to a match? What about a statistic to evaluate drafting? The college professor shared his insights on the matter, as did datDota's Noxville.

DAC to be delayed? MDL Season 2 scheduled just ahead of Chinese New Year

The MarsTV Dota 2 League was heralded as a great success with some players even going so far as to say that it was the best tournament held in China they'd attended. Therefore it comes as no surprise that the organisers decided to announce another season. However, quite unexpectedly the dates are extremely close to Chinese New Year, around the time DAC was hosted this year. What does that mean for both events?

Invulnerabl3 bet wisely to be crowned GIGABYTE Betting King for June

The final GIGABYTE Betting King competition before the $15 million International 5 fell in a month that had the jD MLG Season 2 Championships, ESL One Frankfurt and the MarsTV Dota League. It also saw the rise of a new Betting King, as Invulnerabl3 came out on top placing just 141 bets while maintaining a 75% accuracy. As usual GIGABYTE generously offered a reward for the new winner.

Russian Visa Roulette: VP and Empire.yoky make it, Sonneiko still at risk

It's official: all five Virtus.Pro players have now acquired passage into the United States. Empire's yoky, previously denied entry to the US which forced him to skip MLG Columbus, has dodged the bullet this time around. Their fellow CIS player Sonneiko has not been as lucky: his application has now bounced twice, and his chances will only diminish with repeated tries. Could the Na'Vi support player be at risk to miss TI5?