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VCS will adopt a double-elimination format for their play-offs


On the 11th of June, it was announced on the Vietnam Championship Series’ official Facebook page that the Vietnam Championship Series (VCS) will have a double-elimination bracket for its play-offs, due to the need to send two teams from the Vietnamese region to Worlds 2019, as opposed to one, as is the case for other emerging regions. The additional seed was won by Phong Vũ Buffalo via being the best-placed emerging region team at the Mid-Seasonal Invitational 2019.

The top four teams will qualify to the play-offs from the regular stage, and the first upper bracket will be decided via the top-placed team in the group getting to select his opponent between the 3rd and 4th-placed teams.


From here the bracket follows a standard double-elimination format, with losers dropping to the lower bracket. The winner of the lower bracket will secure a seed at the Play-In Stage at Worlds 2019, while the winner of the Winners’ Bracket will be crowned VCS champions and be seeded directly to the Group Stage at Worlds 2019.


All play-off matches will be contested in Best of 5.


A similar double-elimination bracket was adopted the year that the GPL (which Vietnam was a part of) won two slots at Worlds in 2017. That year, it was the Gigabyte Marines who secured the direct seed into Groups, while Young Generation overcame Ascension Gaming in the Losers’ Bracket final to book a play-in spot for the first time.


Credits to VN_Conqueror and Cookthechef for assisting with translations

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Stark Departs EVOS Esports And Becomes A Free Agent


According to sources, top laner Phan ‘Stark’ Công Minh has left EVOS Esports and is now a free agent.

A Facebook post by EVOS’ mid laner Lê ‘Dia1’ Phú Quý would appear to corroborate this, with the names of Stark, Nguyễn ‘YiJin’ Lê Hải Đăng, and Lê ‘RonOP’ Thiên Hàn’s names notably missing from the whiteboard, probably indicating their departures.

Fans may recognize Stark from his exploits internationally with both the Gigabyte Marines at the Mid-Season Invitational 2017, as well as MSI the following year with EVOS. The top laner was one of the first major acquisitions by EVOS back in 2017, after his departure from the Gigabyte Marines. Known for his propensity to play carry top lane champions, Stark played a big part in the team qualifying for MSI 2018.

The organization is seemingly looking in a new direction going forward, having already parted ways with Nguyễn ‘Slay’ Ngọc Hùng and coach Jensen ‘Jensen’ Goh earlier in the split as they faced an uphill struggle to regain the form that brought them their first VCS title in Spring 2018, falling to Phong Vũ Buffalo in the VCS Spring 2019 play-off finals.

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Skemberlu leaves Neon Esports?


Rolen Andrei Gabriel “Skemberlu” Ong has been removed from Neon Esports active roster, according to Dota 2 Majors registration page. This removal comes few days after he joined the Philippines Dota 2 team.


He previously played for Arcanys Gaming, Signify, Geek Fam — to name a few before being recruited by Jacky “EternalEnvy” Mao to compLexity Gaming as their new carry in the post-TI8 shuffle period alongside Jingjun “Sneyking” Wu to complete the coL roster.

Initially, he had trouble playing with the team as he was unable to procure his visa to the United States of America due to some issues. He soon joined coL at their gaming house following the approval of his visa and treated the viewers with some clutch performances.

However, Skemberlu’s period at coL was cut short as he came heavily under fire for his racist remarks against Chinese players in DreamLeague Minor Season 9. Shortly after, he was penalized by coL and removed from the team by the management.

No official reason has been given as to Skem’s removal from the team. There are no whereabouts on his future plans as of yet.

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Blizzard Entertainment confirms that they will host the StarCraft Community summit for 2018


Written by Cyan

Blizzard Entertainment has confirmed that the StarCraft community summit will be taking place once again for the year 2018.


First established in 2015, the StarCraft community summit has become a somewhat regular gathering of StarCraft community influencers, content creators, tournament organizers and professional players, brought together by Blizzard Entertainment.


Blizzard has revealed to Esports Heaven that the upcoming community summit will be a casual gathering on the Blizzard Campus in Irvine California on October 30th. The StarCraft 2, StarCraft Remastered, and StarCraft Esports teams will provide updates and information to the attendees, as well as taking community feedback in a series of group sessions.


With StarCraft 2’s new free-to-play price tag, the relatively recent release of StarCraft Remastered, a huge SC2 balance update, and an as-of-yet unknown format for the 2019 World Championship Series, this year’s summit may be particularly packed with new information for its guests.


The number of attendees, and who may be invited, has traditionally been kept under wraps and this year will be no different. Traditionally, StarCraft fans have taken to social media in order to theorize who may be en route to California on the correct dates, and therefore the community summit.


With Blizzcon and an end to the 2018 World Championship Series just around the corner, StarCraft fans should have no shortage of news and excitement in the coming weeks.

Teams for DreamLeague Season 10 Minor finalized


The qualifiers for DreamLeague Season 10 Minor has concluded and the qualified teams will now be heading to the Monster Energy DreamHack Studios in Stockholm, Sweden.

Being the first Minor of the 2018/19 Dota Pro Circuit Season, we will witness eight teams compete for a prize-purse of $300,000 and 500 DPC points. This event will serve as a playing ground for the competing teams to grab the last remaining spot for The Kuala Lumpur Major to be held between November 16 to 18 in Malaysia.

As per the new pro circuit rules, teams that have already secured their spots for the Major are restricted from competing at Minors. The competing teams for Minors are as follows:

SEA: Tigers Dota
CIS: Natus Vincere
EU: Team Liquid
EU: The Final Tribe
NA: Complexity Gaming
NA: Rooons
SA: Infamous_GG

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Dendi departs as Natus Vincere reveals new Dota 2 roster


After 8 years, Danil “Dendi” Ishutin, former captain of the team, will no longer be with the Na’Vi organization and is now a free agent. Departing with him is Victor “GeneRaL” Nigrini, former offlaner of the team, and Alexander “XBOCT” Dashkevich stepping down from the coaching role.

The current roster as listed in the official announcement video is as follows:

Vladislav “Crystallize” Krystanek

Idan “MagicaL” Vardanyan

Evgeniy “Blizzy” Ree

Akbar “SoNNeikO” Butaev

Russian support Fedor “velheor” Rusikhin is on a trial basis with the team and may occupy the final spot, but is likely not on the current active roster.


Although recently on a decline in performance, Natus Vincere set a strong historical precedent in Dota 2 as one of the most popular and successful teams, placing first in the inaugural International 2011. They followed up by taking home silvers in The International 2012 and 2013.

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Team Empire down to three, fn leaves


In yet another jolt to the CIS region, Team Empire, has announced the departure of Rostislav “fn” Lozovoi from its Dota 2 roster. This is the second roster change the CIS behemoth has announced in less than a week with Ghostik parting ways not long ago.

According to Alexandr “StrangeR” Solomon, esports director for Team Empire:

For a long time fn had been one of our leaders. We repeatedly saw his top-level plays, but today our paths diverge. I would like to say thanks to fn for his performance with Team Empire, it was really enjoyable to work with him. I wish Rostik to shine brightly wherever he will continue his career

fn, in the meantime, issued the following statement:

I would like to say thanks to Team Empire and guys who once believed in me and gave me a chance to prove myself. See you on the different sides of the barricade!

fn came into the limelight while he played as a stand-in for Vega Squadron at Esportal Dota 2 League. Later on, he went on to become a full time member of Vega Squadron before joining Team Empire.

Fn has earned quite the reputation for his arrogance and notorious behaviour. At one point, he has also been disrespectful towards players and casters alike by his rude behavioural approach.

In the end, fn’s departure leaves Empire down to three players and it’ll rather be interesting to witness who they acquire to fill in their vacant spots. Stay tuned to Esportsheaven for latest updates.

Source: Team Empire

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Pre-TI8 shuffle rumours: Leviathan and Baidu to reshuffle, jas to disband


The International 2018 is a little more than a month away and every participating team has begun to prepare for the pinnacle event in a bid to win the major chunk of the humongous prize-pool and lift the aegis. However, many teams failed to make the cut and are most certainly contemplating on their future.

A few hours ago, a new user under the alias “heyitsme12321” posted on a Reddit thread about the rumours circumventing on possible changes in the North American Dota 2 scene. The user states that two of the non-qualified teams for TI8 are undergoing a shuffle and one team has disbanded.


The teams in question are Team Leviathan, Team Baidu and Jsut a Squad. According to the freshly registered user, Leviathan and Baidu will be changing rosters as well as are in talks with potential sponsors. On the other hand, Jsut a Squad have disbanded and taken a decision to go their separate ways.

Notable North American players such as Brian “BananaSlamJam” Canavan, a popular streamer and talent, Samuel “Sammyboy” Anderson, and Samuel “Jenkins” Jenkins were a part of Team Leviathan with Jenkins no longer being a part of the team as per his liquipedia profile page. If the rumours are indeed true, then leviathan will be partially or majorly revamping its roster with Jenkins in the mix.

Another team making a splash in the North American open qualifiers were Team Baidu, a team comprised of Chinese players residing in NA. They defeated Leviathan in the first round of the open qualifiers only to be met with defeat at the hands of Complexity Gaming before eventually making the cut in the second round. They also defeated Jsut a Squad (jas) in the process who eventually qualified to the Regional qualifiers before “allegedly” disbanding.

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Travis “Maut” Bueno calls it a day, retires from esports


Today is one of those days where we can’t really help but feel sad as a prominent caster, Travis “Maut” Bueno, a Dota 2 commentator for Moonduck studios has officially decided to hang his boots and step away from esports for the foreseeable future.


Asking to request his privacy, Travis will now look forward to get acclimated to his new job in the Information Technology (IT) sector over the course of the next few weeks. Fret not since he’ll possibly stream the new WoW expansion and will also stream a Doki Doki Literature club alongside his good buddy Braxton “Brax” Paulson.

In a response on a Reddit post, Trent “TrentPax” MacKenzie also showered his appreciation for Travis and thanked him for being one of the first people to ever give him a chance at Dota 2. He also assures, that he’ll try this level best to bring back Travis to as many panels as he can for his “patented Maut rage” and shares his favourite clip of them casting together. You can find that clip involving Fnatic and Mineski below.

That being said, Travis is hopeful that he’ll get to cast few events such as the next iteration of Midas Mode or Captain’s Draft, if the organizers allow to do so.  By the end of his blog, he thanks everybody that has been a part of his journey as a commentator.

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TI8 visas for VG and VGJ.Thunder are en route

Ever since the attending teams for The International 2018 were finalized, there was surety of two things to happen; imminent roster shuffles and upcoming preparations for the pinnacle event of Dota 2; The International Dota 2 Championships.

Whilst numerous news regarding roster shuffles, player departures and rigorous training regiment have been making the rounds, we’ve received some positive news about a Chinese team receiving their visas for TI8 to be held at Rogers Arena in Vancouver, Canada between August 20-25, 2018.

The Chinese juggernauts, Vici Gaming, is believed to have procured their visas according to a credible source that wishes to remain anonymous. Similarly, their sister team, VGJ. Thunder, is also believed to have their visas almost ready to go for TI8.

If this is indeed true, then Vici Gaming and VGJ. Thunder will be the first Chinese teams to have their visas ready.

For a little backdrop, Vici Gaming were one of the directly invited teams to The International 2018 as they secured a sixth place on the DPC ranking chart whilst VGJ. Thunder were the last team to receive a direct invite as Optic Gaming narrowly missed out on securing a top four finish at China Dota 2 Super Major.

Stay tuned to Esportsheaven for latest updates!

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