Starting A New

So much has changed.

It has been a long time since my last post. The last time you guys read anything from me I was about to board a plane to China. My life has completely changed since my last post. 180 degrees. I arrive in China around 9PM because the flight was delayed by 2 hours. Additionally the pilot landed in the wrong zone and we had to wait around for another hour. I felt a bit bad because of how long Xiangru, my penpal, had to wait for me. The first couple days of my trip were exhausting because I had a 14 hour plane ride to Beijing, a 12 hour train ride to Dunhua, and an additional 2 hour taxi ride to arrive in the small town of Erdaobaihezhen. I have been to China a couple times in the past to Xi’an, Nanning, and Chengdu, but I had totally forgotten how crazy the rides in the taxis were. We were either driving against traffic or speeding through the mountains. The driver would spam flicker his high beams to let trucks know that he is passing. I never felt safe sitting in the backseat because in every Taxi there are no seat belts. 10 kilometers out of Erdaobaihezhen we hit a pothole in the road and the tire pops and it is getting dark and it is starting to rain. We patch up in the rain and get into the town and get me set up in a hotel. We get dinner at a Korean restaurant.

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No Sleep Til Beijing

The past couple weeks have been long and wild. I haven’t had a chance to post up a blog or write because I have been on an endless ride of visiting people before I move to Seattle. It is a little sad that when I decide to leave and talk to people about why I am moving to Seattle is when we finally are able to truly open up and be real with each other. There have been a couple people in the bay that I have been wanting to know and it sucks that it will be harder to keep in contact, but this is for the better. I need to get out of California. On the bright side the distance can be a good thing. Just because we are far or distant does not mean that we don’t care. I hope that if or when I return that our relationships will grow.

I am currently waiting for my flight to Beijing. It was delayed for two hours so I sat around watching Rick and Morty while catching Pokemon. They gave me a voucher for $15 dollars because of the delay which I will happily use on booze before I board the plane. I will be in China until the 28th. I will arrive in Peking around 8PM and grab dinner. Spend the night in a hotel and then take the train to Changbaishan. I will be staying in a small town and am pretty excited to meet my penpal. We are going to hike the mountain and visit Crater Lake. Xiangru is going to be a bit busy during my trip there because she just got approved for a home to rent for her aspiring AirBnB. In my off time I will begin writing my next article. When I return I need to fix up my car and finish packing. I am moving between the 12th and 15th.

Until then..


The Past, Present, and Future of Dota

The Roaring Present

The International 6, the pinnacle of competitive Dota, just concluded and left the masses awestruck in its prestige. The tournament was a roller coaster of a ride with teams such as Liquid, OG, and Newbee being eliminated within the first three days of the main event. Evil Geniuses, last year’s International champions, had their return to glory since their abysmal results following the Shanghai Major. Their first match against Ehome was by far the craziest game of the tournament. 17 minutes in EG was 11,000 gold behind and fought through constant aggression from Ehome. Sumail and Fear’s presence and decision making in the mid-game helped them crawl back into contention. Eventually Ehome would get mega creep, but EG’s execution during their ancient defense was able snatch them a team wipe to turn the game around.

“In the 22,000 pro Dota matches on record, only 33 games have been won from a mega creep deficit” -Nahaz

Evil Geniuses were not the only North American team stepping up to the plate. Digital Chaos, the underdogs of the tournament, slugged their way through the lower bracket to meet Wings for the third time this tournament in the grand finals. It is unheard of having an American team aside from EG in the top 8. The diversity of regions within the top 8 was unprecedented because of the dominance of European and Chinese teams throughout the history of Dota. South East Asian teams have been on the rise taking 4th, 5th, and 7th place in the tournament. One of the biggest upsets was TNC eliminating OG on the second day and placing 7th. The current patch and the brilliance of captains has yielded the largest variety of strategies ever seen in a meta. Some have commented that the patch is still young and has room to evolve and settle. This moment in time did not just simply manifest. Over the past year, Dota has seen numerous patches which have created either ripples or tidal waves of change to the game. Continue reading “The Past, Present, and Future of Dota”

TI6 Interview with Jack “KBBQdota” Chen

Christopher: Hi Jack, your here at TI this year as a translator. How has your experience been and what have you been doing? Have you got a chance to work with Valve before?

KBBQ: I have had a good time so far, but I haven’t gotten a chance to stop and smell the roses as much as I would want to. As a translator I help with the teams, casters, and production for the Chinese side. There are also a bunch of random duties such as the hall of heroes or where ever help is needed with language barriers. As usual it has been a lot of fun and have been able to meet a lot of people. I have been with Valve for the past three majors.

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Stats Do Lie – TI6 Interview with Nahaz

Christopher: Hey Nahaz, how are you doing today?

Nahaz: Pretty well, how about yourself?

Christopher: I have been great. The games have been exciting and I have been able to catch up with a lot of talent. Go ahead and give the readers a brief introduction about yourself for those who may not know you.

Nahaz: I am a college professor by trade. I got my PhD in economics at Duke University. Just a couple of years ago, kind of by chance, I got into Dota stuff. I have a brother-in-law, who is much younger than me, that introduced me to the game. I really loved it and got to know a few people in the scene and started doing statistical analysis of Dota. Somehow, because I talk for a living, I got in front of the cameras.

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Seattle Blog // Future Articles // Give Away

Hey everyone,

I got back to California late last night after a long drive down from Seattle. I initially flew up to Seattle for The International 6, but decided to drive home with my friend. This past week has been fun, exhausting, and extraordinary. Overall I would rate it the best TI experience I have had. The games were amazing, I got to interview some of my favorite talent/personalities and the best thing was that I went to the event solo and met a ton of other Dota2 fans and added them on Steam. It was truly an awesome experience meeting the community.

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Toffees: Dota Host and Family Man

Christopher: Hey everyone. I am here with Steve Pierce, also known as Toffees, the host of TI Today. Go ahead and give me a brief introduction about yourself for those who may not know you.

Toffees: My name is Steve Pierce, I go by Toffees. I have been playing video games as far as I can remember. So to put that into perspective, the first job that I ever had I was unpacking hay bale containers in the middle of the summer so I could buy a Voodoo 1 graphics card to play EverQuest beta when it first came out. So I have been playing along time. I discovered Dota right before The International 3. Some friends were telling me to play, but I was a hardcore World of Warcraft raider. WoW kept getting easier and easier and later a friend told me, “If you want a tough game, come play Dota with me.” At the time I never really liked top downs. I never really understood them and didn’t know the mechanics of it. So he sent me the link to TI3 and told me to watch the tournament in my spare time. I actually watched the finals and then went back and watched every game in the tournament because I was caught up with how exciting it was. From the moment I had watched the entire tournament, there was about a three week lag where I turned over leadership of the raiding guild, transitioned out of WoW, cancelled my subscription and went full blown Dota2 nonstop addiction.

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Off the Rails with Jake “SirActionSlacks” Kanner

Christopher: Hey everyone, I am here with the meme king supreme, living his dream, SirActionSlacks.

Slacks: Oh god, the meme king. Is that my legacy? I’ll take it. Screw it.

Christopher: How has this event been? I have seen you run all over the place.

Slacks: You know, everyone has their own view of the international. It’s a fun thing you go to to watch with friend and enjoy yourself. To me it has always been hell week. I don’t stop moving. Every day this week I have woken up at 6 o’ clock and worked until about 11:30. Then I drag my dead body into my bed and sleep. It has been hell on earth and I am loving every moment of it dude. The Dota is hype. The fans are hype. It is like that movie Crank. I feel like I ever stop my heart will explode. But it is amazing as always. I think this one is the best one yet.

Christopher: From a scale of Swindlemelonzz salty tears to USA winning TI last year, how do you feel?

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New Beginnings

Hello everyone,

Welcome to my website. This is my new blog where I will be posting my progress on any projects I am currently working on and just updates about what is going on in my life. For awhile now I have been wanting to move to Seattle to complete my schooling and to start my career. A couple weeks ago I decided to bite the bullet and move and so I have been busy the past couple weeks getting this website up and getting an appraisal for my legacy collection to fund my move. Along with that I have been doing some research on some Dota 2 personalities so I can interview them while I am on my trip.  Continue reading “New Beginnings”

Interview with Miles “Maximilian” Christiansen

March 1st, 2014

This interview was done at Socal Regionals 2014 after Maximillian had qualified for Top 8 in Killer Instinct.

Christopher: Chris: Hi Maximillian, Thank you for taking the time to do this interview with us. Go ahead and tell us a little bit about yourself.

Maximilian: Sure, My name is Miles Christensen, I have been developing web content for fighting games for the past three or four years professionally, but casually since 2007. Through this process have gotten a lot of opportunities to work with companies such as Capcom, Namco, and even Double Helix.

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