iG , Champions of RedBull ECL !

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As RedBull ECL come to an end, chinaInvictus Gaming took off the title in  Red Bull Esports Champion League (ECL).over their rival chinaDK. Congratulations to chinaInvictus Gaming  to win their first major event of the year. They have not won one since March 2013. It is a good start forchina iG in year 2014.

Their winning streak continued in the grand finals as they dominant overchina DK by a 2-0 in a series of Best of 3 and taking home the total prize of USD 16,470 ( 100,000 RMB ). DK will go home with USD 3,924 ( 20,000 RMB ) while chinaTongFu in the Third place with USD 1,647 ( 10,000 RMB ).

In Game 1, an outstanding performance from Hao on Dragon Knight. Ferrari_430 also had a good game.

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Game 2

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Once again, we hereby congratulate china Invictus Gaming  for their victory in 2014 !

Their next match will be in less than two weeks as we will face chinaTeam DK once again in the grand final of G-League.

 

ECL ahead of schedule for DK, iG, TongFu, Titan

As we recently witnessed chinaDK’s epic comeback to win WPC-ACE League just yesterday, they are certainly looking forward to RedBull ECL with their counterparts chinaiG, chinaTongFu and Titan. The tournament is scheduled to start from 3rd of January to 7th of January. As only 4 teams will be competing in this tournament, there will be no elimination during the groupstages as teams will only be competing for the seed placing. The total prize pool for the tournament will be RMB 130,000 with the champions walking away with a total of RMB100,000.

Source: Gosugamers.net

WPC-ACE League groupstages coming to an end

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WPC-ACE League groupstages is coming to and end after almost a month long and over 100 games being played. Topping the chart is DK with a total of 40 points. Behind them is iG, VG.cn, TongFu, LGD and LGD.int who made it into the top 6 placing. With this, these six teams have guaranteed themselves into the playoff rounds that will commence next week.

There will also be a reschedule in their timetable as DK will be taking on LGD.int and TongFu later today as they will be traveling to MLG Columbus as an invitee to that event. DK will henceforth be absent from WPC-ACE from 22-24 November. However, all the qualified teams will be playing for seeds this week which will be crucial for every teams to secure themselves their spot in the semifinals.

 

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YaphetS returns – TongFu announcess 3rd team

The legend is back – YanJun ‘YaphetS‘ Bu will officially make his debut in Dota 2, forming TongFu’s third teamtongfu3

Along with Junjie ‘Sydm‘ Tong, Huang ‘LongDD‘ Xiang, Kai ‘Kabu‘ Zhao and famous Chinese pubstar zExBingo, the Shadow Fiend prodigy will return to the competitive Dota 2 scene under the tag of TongFu. Being the 3rd team under the sponsor, TongFu #3 will be playing in their first competitive match in South Korea next week, making their debut in the Nexon Invitational Super Match.

TongFu #3 roster

  • Junjie ‘Sydm‘ Tong
  • Huang ‘LongDD‘ Xiang
  • Kai ‘Kabu‘ Zhao
  • Yanjun ‘YaphetS‘ Bu
  • zExBingo

Source : 2p.com

TongFu ready to roll

Since the swap between Zhou and Hao a few days back, TongFu has been searching to complete their roster. Now they have, with the acquisition of Jian ‘ZSMJ’ Gong and Xuntao ‘Xtt’ Xu

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TongFu went the furthest between all Chinese teams in The International 2013, managing to finish top 4 but ultimately falling to Neolution.Orange. Several Chinese forums reported that the impending Chinese reshuffle will start with TongFu, and the aftershocks are still coming. Jiao ‘Banana‘ Wang and Yang ‘KingJ‘ Zhou has left for Invictus Gaming and Rising Stars respectively, and in return TongFu welcomes the legendary Jian ‘ZSMJ‘ Gong and Xuntao ‘Xtt‘ Xu, both formerly of Vici Gaming.

TongFu’s statement on Facebook

“Hello! A few days ago, we sadly announced the departure of our long-time member, Hao, to Invictus Gaming. Today, we would like to introduce you our new line-up.

First of all, we sadly have to bid farewell to both Banana and KingJ who officially joined Invictus Gaming and RisingStars, respectively. Secondly, we welcome former Vici Gaming players, ZSMJ and Xtt, to our club. They have showed good results in their respective clubs, and we hope that they can impress even more under the TongFu banner.

Please, give them a warm welcome! We hope that you will continue to support us despite losing three players who made our fourth place finish at The International 2013 possible.”

TongFu will debut with their new roster in the Sina Cup tomorrow.

TongFu roster

  • Pan ‘Mu‘ Zhang
  • Zhao Hui ‘SanSheng‘ Wang
  • Jian ‘ZSMJ‘ Gong
  • Xuntao ‘Xtt‘ Xu
  • Yao ‘Zhou‘ Chen

Source : TongFu

Hao exits, Zhou welcomed

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The latest information regarding roster changes in the China Dota2 scene revolves around two prominent carries in China, namely Chen “Hao” ZhiHao from TongFu and Chen “Zhou” Yao from Invictus Gaming.

The possible transfer of two star players, Hao and Mu from TongFu has been discussed lately among the Chinese organizations where there are rumours that a price tag of USD120,000 has been offered by an unknown Chinese organization. On the other hand, following an unsuccessful run in the recent Internationals, Invictus Gaming has decided to release their carry player, Zhou in order for the incoming of Hao where they are once again looking forward to retain their success and achieving greater heights.

Prior to these changes, will TongFu continue to live up to expectations even without the presence of Hao, or will they slowly tumble? On the other hand, will Invictus Gaming be able to regain their success through Hao? Only time will tell…

Source: TongFu Facebook page

Fnatic.EU vs TongFu: TI3 UB Round 1B

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The second match for The International 3’s main event is the Upper bracket match-up of Fnatic.EU and TongFu.

Fnatic.EU ended up with TongFu after Na’Vi chose NeoES,Orange. This is another east versus west match-up, and high hopes are open the streaking western team who finished second on their group and boasted of the only series win against their group leader.

 

 Fnatic.EU vs  cn TongFu

Game 1 – Fnatic pounced on the opportunity they were given on the draft phase, picking Weaver and Treant within seconds and without any hesitation. Meanwhile, TongFu went with a good all around line-up with Lifestealer, Chen, Puck and Gyrocopter. Fnatic has a very strong killing potential because of the Viper and Crystal Maiden, but the Chinese teams should have the better hero composition should the game drag on.

 

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It was TongFu who drew first blood, getting two kills by the fourth minute. Rubick executed a beautiful body block on the fleeing enemy, forcing the enemy’s teammates to react and giving them multiple kills in the process. Aside from that, the Chinese were also able to pick off the courier of the European mix, further increasing their lead.

Fnatic’s bright spot was Viper on the middle lane. He was totally dominating Puck in both farm and experience, with a big help from Treant’s living armor. Help on Puck was not absent for so long though, as his teammates rotated to score two kills against the Viper. The Rubick who was able to steal Weaver’s Shukuchi was also causing Fnatic some trouble, once pairing up with Lifestealer for a convenient bomb.

TongFu was so far ahead because of their near perfect play. They took down Roshan on the 17th and the mid melee barracks on the 19th, both under very little or no resistance. Fnatic was teamwiped at the 22-minute mark and called GG right after.

 

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 Fnatic.EU 0-1  cn TongFu

 

Game 2 – With their backs against the wall, Fnatic opted to go with a Lifestealer and a Chen, together with a Venomancer and Nature’s Prophet. A line-up seemingly built for pushing, TF looks well equipped as they have a Batrider and a Gyrocopter.

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It was TongFu again who secured the first blood, and more importantly, it was Gyrocopter who had the kill. Fnatic came storming right back though, led by n0tail’s Chen. Chen had three kills and two assists on his team’s first five kills, as they lead the kill score 5-2 and held on to a tiny gold lead because of the tower they took.

Another big fight happened at the 16-minute mark, with the European team ending up again on top. They completed a teamwipe, drawing huge cheers from the crowd. It was another awesome micro play by n0tail, and Lifestealer was finally starting to catch up from the large deficit he was put at. Fnatic also finally found themselves ahead on the experience graph and they also improved their lead on the gold graph.

With the big lead, Puck had a questionable decision of purchasing Boots of travel. The Chinese were able to keep themselves on the game by keeping Puck, fnatic’s initiator, contained through continuous pressure and gank. They can only do so much though, and the slippery intelligence hero finally got his Dagger. This paved the way for several successful Lifestealer bombs, with the Boots of travel finally paying off.

Despite being behind at that moment, the Chinese was able to maintain the farm on their carry. They were also able to sneak Roshan on the 24th minute. Fnatic tried to continue their hunt for pick-offs, but they got counterganked this time by the lurking Batrider and Atropos who used their skills to disable the raged Lifestealer.

The following teamfights never really fell in favor of any team, with both of them trading kills and forcing buybacks off each other. Despite the massive DPS of Gyro, fnatic showed they can still a teamfight as they kited Gyro and ended up on top of a 4-2 exchange. After that though, it was a long stand-off of both teams trying to farm some more.

A crucial jump on the high ground by TongFu happeneed on the 42nd minute, which was made possible after Firefly gave vision and the Storm pulling Lifestealer over. Lifestealer was forced to buy back, but Fnatic just collapsed and got picked off one by one. With big items on the Gyrocopter, the Chinese team went straight for the throne after taking the middle lane. With three out of five heroes dead, there weren’t much chance for the Western team to defend and they called GG.

 

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 Fnatic.EU 0-2  cn TongFu

 

 

cn TongFu will be facing ua Na`Vi on the next round of the upper bracket. Their match is scheduled on the day after tomorrow.


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Super League Title Taken in Dominating Fashion

The Super League ended yesterday, with a relative newer name taking the top spot and 500,000 RMB ( USD 81,100~) in cash winnings.

 

Game 3 was the closest DK can get

Game 3 was the closest DK can get

 

While cn TongFu isn’t a new team, they haven’t been on the limelight of Chinese Dota (except for 2012 WCG DotA) either. However, they broke out on the recent Dota 2 Super League with a very dominating performance against the best China has to offer. They had a major roster change not long before the tournament, adding KingJ on their roster.

TongFu played very convincingly on the Grand Finals, defeating DK on a very dominating manner. They racked up three straight games, with the games finishing on the average of less than 27 minutes per game. This series just a day after DK eliminated TongFu on the Alienware Cup.

DK isn’t a push-over, as they topped their group sporting a perfect record and defeated cn LGD.cn 3-1 on the semifinals. This just shows the form that TongFu is currently on, which makes them prime contenders on the upcoming Redbull ECL tournament and The International 3. They finished seventh place on The International last year.

With the win, cn TongFu found themselves 500,000 RMB (USD 81,000~) richer.  cn DK received 200,000 RMB (USD 32,000~) for their valiant effort and strong performance.

The Super League is a two-month long, 10-team tournament. It has nine of the best Chinese teams, with Malaysian team my Neolution.Orange rounding up the group. It also featured the biggest prize pool among Chinese Dota 2 events, with 1,000,000 RMB USD 163,000~) give away.


 

The Grand Finals will be held this coming 6 July, and the championship will be contested by cn DK and cn TongFu. Both teams came from 3-1 Semifinals win against cn LGD.cn and my Neolution.Orange respectively.

 

Final standings:

  • Champion – cn TongFu – 500,000 RMB (USD 81,000~)
  • Runner-up – cn DK - 200,000 RMB (USD 32,000~)
  • Third place – cn LGD.cn 100,000 RMB (USD 16,000~)
  • Fourth place – my Neolution.Orange – 50,000 RMB (USD 8,100~)

 

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TongFu to Face DK in Super League Grand Finals

TongFu advances to Grand Finals

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cnTongFu will be advancing to the grand finals of the Super League today after a resounding win 3-1 against myNeoES.Orange in a best-of-5 series of games.

In the meanwhile, myNeoES.Orange and cnLGD.cn will be battling for the 3rd and 4th placing in the best-of-5 games that will beplayed on the 29th June 2013, 11:00CEST. The winner of this match will walk away with $16,200.

The grand finals between cnDK and cnTongFu will be on 6th July 2013 (timing yet to be advised). The best-of-5 series of games will be played offline at the Feng Yun Esports Arena, Shanghai, China.

Schedule

Third Place Decider

June 29th – 11:00 CEST – Best of 5

Grand Final

July 6th – TBA

Prizes

First place: 500,000 RMB (~$81,000)
Second place: 200,000 RMB (~$32,000)
Third place: 100,000 RMB (~$16,000)
Fourth place: 50,000 RMB (~$8,100)

 

Sources: Joindota, Gosugamers

Na`Vi arrives in China – First Alienware match starts tonight

Natus Vincere lands in the land of the Dragon descendants, will play against TongFu tonight in the Alienware Cup

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The plane flying in from Moscow brought some unexpected treats for the Chinese – the winners of The International and the runner-up of The International 2. No, ua Na`Vi isn’t lost, they’re here for their 16 day bootcamp in China before The International 3.

Their bootcamp is wholly organized and sponsored by SCNTV, who will be providing for Na`Vi to make their stay as homely as possible. The bootcamp also ensures that Na`Vi will be able to participate in the Alienware Cup with no latency issues.

Na`Vi’s first meeting with Asian teams post-The International 2012 will begin tonight, starting with cn TongFu at 1800 SGT and sg Zenith at 2200 SGT. All games will be broadcasted by BeyondTheSummit.

Photos of Na`Vi in their trip to China can be found here.

Source : SCNTV