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.
Continue reading “Starting A New”
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”
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”