Summary of Epicenter

Got back last Monday from one of the best tournaments I’ve ever been to. It was almost like a TI, everything was organized very well. I really liked the stage setup with the wards and Roshan in the middle – looked really cool! It’s fun to see that the tournament was as good from a spectator’s point of view as it was for us with games starting almost always on time and not too many technical problems. The best thing was probably that whenever there was a problem, they were very fast at fixing it.

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Present from a dedicated fan. The cookies were painted as Dota items – very well done!

Going back to the tournament the group stage started out a bit so-so for us. We were up against OG in the first round which we ended up losing 2-0. The first game was quite weird, we started out with something like a 9-0 kill score but when they grouped up as 5 we just lost every fight we took. Looking back at the game we should probably just not have fought until we got some damage items up because it was impossible for us to kill their front liners (Bristle, DK and Huskar) when they had Io and Dazzle backing them up. Easy to say after the game but hard to realize when playing.

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Such an awesome shirt! :D

After losing against OG twice the team was quite demotivated. I think you could see in the last game vs. them that we didn’t play as a team. We had a long and important team talk after that to recharge and go through the issues we had and I think it was very important for us that we did it. In the upcoming days and games we were all very hungry to win and really tried our best. I was very happy with our performance since we played as a team and was very close to win against Newbee.

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Lovely view in Moscow, really liked the city!

The after party was a lot of fun as well. There was a room with a lot of games where you could challenge someone else and if you won you got a wrist band. The person who had the most wrist bands at like 1 am or something won a prize! I wasn’t there farming for so long so I ended up with only 9 but Zfreek from Complexity got like 19..! :D There was a game where you were supposed to hit a block with as few hits as possible that me and Loda played. I got to level 15 and he got to level 14 so we told one of the organizers that I won. The problem was that he didn’t watch us play and he didn’t believe us (he said almost no one gets over level 10) but it was easy for us to just play one more time to show him. He rewarded us with an extra wrist band. Profit!

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EGM got a shirt from a fan. The cat (and EGM of course) is so cute! =^.^=

Playing in The Summit 5 qualifiers next week. First round is played the 26th at 17 CET!

Cheers,
Akke

8 thoughts on “Summary of Epicenter

  1. Hi! im a fan from the Philippines. Goodluck to all of you guys on your next tournaments. Hoping to see you at the Manila Major soon.

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  2. Älskar att du bloggar Akke! Skulle vara kul om du posta något inlägg om era scrims / när ni tränar, givet att du utelämnar all känslig information!

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  3. Hi Akke! Thanks for playing enjoyable dota for us too watch! Could u please extend the post with some more thoughts about the meta that changed during the tournament, the team spirit within A (is it still good?), and some other stuff that u ended up doing outisde of the game.

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  4. Playing quals will be good for you! Shake off the rust from not playing too many official games and plenty of room to try out the interesting strats you guys are known for :)

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