Winner  Tagged Articles RSS Feed | Winner  RSS Feed on en Launch Media Network Wings Gaming are the Dota 2 TI6 Champions Mon, 15 Aug 2016 05:28:21 -0400 Ken How

On the final day of the Dota 2 TI6 Main Event, it came down to two final teams -- Digital Chaos and Wings Gaming -- to face off for the championship title. The winner of this Grand Finals match at KeyArena in Seattle would take home the first prize of $9.1 million, while the second prize is $3.4 million.

Digital Chaos (DC) had come off with an incredible three-game series against Evil Geniuses, which brought them to the Grand Finals stage to take their revenge on Wings Gaming -- who had previously knocked them down to the Lower Bracket. Both teams looked strong into the Grand Finals in a best-of-five series (BO5). But Wings ultimately came out on top. 

Game One

A quick first blood was drawn just after the horn was triggered, as DC picked up a kill on Wings' Storm Spirit, but lost both early Bounty Runes at the river. DC looked confident at the start of the game. By the 5th minute of the game, Wings went for a three man gank at mid lane to take down w33, but he managed to counter-kill the Storm Spirit before his death. Wings began to rotate around the map to find some pickoffs once Faith_bian's Slardar had his Blink Dagger online to bounce them back into the game. Although they had the kill lead, DC had the map control advantage after securing most tier 1 towers on Dire side.

Wings continued to gain more advantage as the game progressed, managing to deny their top tier 2 tower and winning a team fight against DC's push. However, DC found an opening at the 23rd minute near the Roshan pit, as Wings were trying to take it down. Sloppy moves by Wings allowed DC to crush their line-up and claim Roshan. 

DC was in control throughout the rest of the game, getting kills across the map. And with such an advantage, they rushed into Wings' high ground in the top lane and took a set of barracks. Wings was hopeless in the end and called GG in the first game of the Grand Finals.

Game Two 

This time around, Wings secured the first blood to their name. We saw smart plays by Y's Oracle, as he juked into the treelines (to buy some time) when three of DC heroes tried to kill him. On the other side of the map, however, his teammates managed to kill Moo's Doon at the bottom lane. DC soon secured themselves two kills on Wings' Slardar and Sand King at the top lane. Even after the tenth minute, both teams looked fairly even. Although Wings had a slight advantage on kills, they were down with two towers going to DC's favor.

Going towards the 20th minute, Wings was ready to claim another advantage in the game as they started to find kills around the map. They went for a smoke gank and found two kills in their Radiant jungle. After securing those kills, they went to take Roshan without being contested by DC. A team fight broke out near Roshan's pit at the 37th-minute mark, and Wings managed to kill two cores alongside one DC support. MiSeRy's Naga ultimate was used to control the fight, but that was not enough to save his teammates.

Moments after, Wings took down another Roshan and DC was were caught off guard by Wings' initiation, losing three heroes to the death timer. While Wings marched to DC's high ground, Resolution's Razor was caught by Shadow's Chronosphere and cost them more heroes. DC was forced to call GG at 40th-minute mark.

The series sat tied at 1-1. 

Game Three

First blood went to Wings once again at bot lane, as Moo's Timbersaw was unable to escape from Faceless Void and Oracle. Both teams traded kills for the next couple of minutes in the early phase of the game. Wings began to take the game lead once again, perfectly rotating around the map to find kills as soon as their ultimates were online. They were playing meticulously, as they were ahead in the game and had full map control that they intended to keep. Wings' team fights were on point with their skills, securing more and more kills in their favor. DC had no answer to Wings' playstyle, and thus the score stood at 20-7 by the 20th-minute.

In a desperate move, DC managed to sneak and take down the Roshan without Wings knowing. With Aegis going to DC's way, they started feeling a little confident with the current state of the game, although Wings looked unstoppable. After failing to secure any team fights, DC found an opening to kill three of Wings' heroes, giving a triple kill to Resolution's kill streak. From then on, DC found their momentum in the game. But it just wasn't enough.

After Wings secured the Roshan at 35th-minute, DC was countered-ambushed by Wings, who crushed DC's line-up and killed four heroes. Wings took the advantage by pushing DC's high ground, and DC was unable to contest orndefend their base.

After DC lost two sets of barracks, they were finding it harder to come back from the loss as Wings' heroes were strong. And by the 45th-minute, DC called GG. Wings totally outplayed DC in this game, which gave them a 2-1 lead in the series.

Game Four

Wings was one game away from claiming their championship title. Could DC make a come back for a 2-2 draw and go for a decisive game five?

Once more, Wings started off with a good counter kill on DC heroes, who tried to initiate on Wing's Elder Titan. But it was instantly traded by DC. Both teams were able to find some kills through the next few minutes, but DC managed to find an opening at top lane to initiate on Wings and kill three heroes -- including Shadow's Anti Mage. They soon gained map control.

After Wings started to get items on their heroes, they started to move around the map to counter DC's aggression. Although they managed to start a good team fight, they did not have enough burst damage to kill any DC heroes. By the 22nd minute, DC lead the scoreboard with 19 kills to 8 for Wings. 

The game changer happened at the 25-minute mark, where w33's Slark tried to pick off the Batrider. But he failed his attempt, and Faith_bian's Axe managed to end w33's Wicked Sick streak with an 800 gold bounty to his name. DC struggled to find the opening to recover from the fight and lost Moo's Beyond Godlike streak with a 1200 gold bounty to Blink's name. DC lost three heroes, and the gold swung to Wings' favor after the fight.

Wings then headed to Roshan's pit to reclaim the Aegis, while DC made their way to Roshan's pit to stop the Roshan kill. But Misery was caught by Axe's Berserker's Call with Elder Titan's Earth Splitter/Echo Stomp combo at the choke point near the Radiant jungle ramp towards the Roshan. Wings took a good team fight in addition to taking down Roshan.

By 30 minutes in, Wings had the game under control and slowly took down some towers. However, DC did not give up hope, they managed to clean up three heroes from Wings and took down Aegis too. Minutes later, Wings managed to secure another team fight -- taking down the aggressive Slark and  sending two more heroes to the fountain. They went offensive toward the bottom high ground to force a buyback/team fight from DC. In a desperate moment to save their barracks, DC burned through a lot of buybacks but could not stop Wings' push and lost their bottom barracks. Wings were minutes away from winning game four and taking the championship title. 

With his buyback on cooldown, w33 made another desperate moved and tried to sneak-kill Axe near the Dire ancient. But his attempt failed -- and due to his aggressiveness, his death timer was extended, which opened up the door for Wings to take down the mid barracks. 39 minutes into the game, in the final fight at the top lane, Wings obliterated DC and DC was unable to contest the game anymore and called GG. Wings Gaming won game four with a score of 3-1. 

Wings are the International 6 Champions after a fantastic run throughout the tournament. Congratulations!

Here are the TI6 final standings.
EVO 2016: Puff too Tuff, Hungrybox Comes Back to take Grand Finals Mon, 18 Jul 2016 05:24:23 -0400 Phil Fry

At EVO 2016, Super Smash Bros Melee saw a tournament pool of two thousand players demonstrating their abilities and showcasing several noteworthy moments of hype. But when it was all said and done, Team Liquid's Hungrybox clutched the win from Alliance's Armada and claimed his first EVO Grand Final victory. 

The last two games of the very last set went down to a single stock match between Hungrybox's Jigglypuff and Armada's Fox. After an impressively aggressive Puff play by Hungrybox, Armada -- who won the Melee bracket at EVO 2015 -- failed to recover onstage at Pokemon Stadium. 

Throughout all of EVO 2016, Hungrybox adopted a much more aggressive style of play than his previous matches in 2015, and this yielded great results for him. Usually, Jigglypuff play is much slower than a match between two space animals (Fox and Falco), or other top tier characters because of her floaty nature. 

Apart from Grand Finals, this year's Melee bracket saw the addition of S2J to the top 8, making him the first player to bring Captain Falcon to that position at an EVO tournament. 

EVO 2016 Melee Top 8: 

  1. Liquid|Hungrybox (Jigglypuff)
  2. [A]rmada (Fox)
  3. PG|Plup (Shiek, Fox)
  4. C9|Mang0 (Fox)
  5. Tempo|S2J (Captain Falcon)
  6. FOX.MVG|Mew2King (Shiek, Marth) 
  7. G2|Westballz (Falco)
  8. CLG|PewPewU (Marth)

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Sony vs. Microsoft E3 2016: Why Microsoft Actually Won Wed, 15 Jun 2016 08:51:10 -0400 AwesumPawsum

Both Microsoft and Sony had impressive presentations at E3 2016. I personally always like these presentations better when they announce new upcoming hardware, so this year is the most exciting since 2013.

That said, each company seemed to focus on different things this year. Here's what each talked about. 

Microsoft's E3 Presentation

  • Xbox One S - A more powerful, smaller version of the Xbox One. It will be backwards compatible with existing games, but will be able to handle future games a bit better.  

  • Project Scorpio - What's really worth getting excited about. Microsoft is aiming for 4K graphics and 60 frames per second. 
  • Customizable controllersI guess this is for everyone who isn't okay with the standard controller colors... You will have 8 million different combinations, but you end up paying more ($79.99.)
  • Xbox Play Anywhere - Lets you buy an Xbox game and play on your PC. Pretty sweet if you ask me- especially if you have an Xbox in one room and PC in another.
  • Three new Xbox Live features - The features are called Clubs, Looking for Group, and Arena. They'll help you hang out with friends, find people to play with, etc. Clubs will also come out on iOS and Android as a way to hang out with friends while not on your Xbox. 
  • Exclusive (to Xbox and PC) Games - These included Scalebound, Gwent, State of Decay 2, Tekken 7, Recore, Gears of War 4 and Halo Wars 2

...I'm not gonna lie. I'm tempted to get an Xbone just for Scalebound. 

Pretty sweet, right? Microsoft definitely brought their A game this year.

Sony's E3 Presentation

  • Lots of Exclusive Games - God of War, Days Gone, The Last Guardian, Horizon: Zero Dawn, Detroit: Become Human, Resident Evil VII: Biohazard, Crash Bandicoot, Death Stranding, Spiderman
  • Playstation VR - Releasing in October for $399, it will work with your Playstayion 4 and includes over 50 games. A few of the games are Star Wars: X-Wing Experience, Final Fantasy 15, Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare and Batman Arkham.

At the core, I'd say Sony's presentation focused around the Playstation VR. They showed a number of games for it, mainly to make it clear that purchasing one at release will be worth it.

So...Who Won?

Obviously this depends on who you talk to. Some argue that Sony crushed Microsoft, just as they did three years ago. With a longer list of exclusive games and announcement of the game-changing VR, I can see their point.

...but personally -- and this is coming from someone with a PS4, not an Xbone -- I think Microsoft smashed them

Here's why:

1. Microsoft Opened its Kimono on Hardware

Sony (for some reason) decided to completely ignore the fact that it's developing its next console. Why? Is it not going as well as they'd hoped? Are they afraid it will cannibalize sales of the PS4, which are still going strong?

Meanwhile, Microsoft made it clear that they are pushing the console envelope. The S gives non-Xbone owners (such as myself) an affordable, sleek option to join the family. 

And no matter what model you have now, looking forward to that Project Scorpio model - assuming it will do everything Microsoft claims- is enough to make any graphics-loving gamer drool.

2. We Don't Know Enough About Sony VR Experiences

One thing that's not clear is how the VR versions of games will work.

If I buy Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare, will I have to pay an additional fee to have it for my VR as well? And will the entire game be available on VR, or just part of it? 

Will the VR's display also be showing on the monitor or TV the PlayStation is hooked up to, or just the headset?

Can I use the VR headset for more then 20 minutes without getting a sore neck and wanting to barf from motion sickness? (I assume these have been worked out over the years, but as a guy who doesn't do roller coasters, it is a concern.)

Meanwhile, knowing how the upcoming Microsoft consoles will work is clear- you hook it up to a monitor, buy the game, and go.

3. Xbox Live Gets a Level Up - PS Plus Gets... ?

Xbox Live already has a better reputation than PS Plus, as it tends to get much better free games each month. But the fact that Microsoft is giving it some great new features- especially the Play Anywhere feature - is just awesome. 

Meanwhile, Sony was quiet. As far as we know, PS Plus will be the same in 12 months as it is right now. And as a paying customer, I hope that's not the case but it's tough to say. 

What Do You Think? 

I hate to say it, but I'm just a lot more excited about what Microsoft is doing than Sony. VR is great, but it's not really what I want- and I think a lot of other gamers are in the same boat.

Who do you think had a better presentation, and why? 

Why PS4 has defeated Xbox One Fri, 26 Feb 2016 13:00:06 -0500 Eric Adams

Console warfare has been raging ever since Xbox One and PS4 were mere ideas. Now that the two are a few years into their life cycle, is it time to declare a winner? And if so, is the winner a clear and decisive one?

The answer: absolutely.

PS4 has seemingly been two steps ahead of the Xbox One ever since the consoles were announced. The price was lower, the design was (and still is) smoother, and people seemed to gravitate toward the PS4. News of the Xbox One being $100 more than PS4 was the tipping point. Along with that came news that Xbox One was focusing more on being an entertainment system rather than a game console.

The signs for Xbox One were troubling from day one. They have not gotten much better now that it is a couple years down the line, and the hope is for it to be more competitive in the future. But the lead PS4 has created is vast.

Sales Dominance

See the title of this section? By dominance, I mean slaughter. PS4 has reportedly outsold Xbox One by nearly 89%. Sony has been very open about their success with PS4. When announcing its financial report, Sony claimed that 37.7 million PS4 units have been sold. While Microsoft has not released the sales numbers for Xbox One, an EA executive let it slip that PS4 is well ahead.

Blake Jorgensen, EA CFO, revealed that the estimate of consoles in homes was at ‘about 55 million’. Do the math and the numbers are not kind to Xbox One. If the number Sony put out is correct, and in all likelihood it is, then Xbox One has sold around 18-19 million units. As you can see, the console war has so far been very one-sided.

What can Xbox One do to catch up? Well, that is also part of the problem.

Xbox One is updating to ‘catch up’

There is nothing wrong at all with updates that to make the console better, but Xbox One is playing catch up. Xbox has had to overhaul the home screen layout, but it is still a mess. It is nearly impossible to find anything and it is always snapping and unsnapping (personal complaint).

Here is the problem -- why is Xbox One relying on these updates? Because they are trying to save the system. Let’s face it -- Xbox One was an unfinished product when it was released. The layout was a mess and the games were lackluster.

PS4, on the other hand, is very easy to access and has had minimal noteworthy updates. Why do you think that is? It is because the PS4 was finished when it was released, unlike the Xbox One.

PS4 just feels right

As an owner of both systems, PS4 is hands-down my favorite. It's easier to use, has better home screen layout, and better exclusive games. But that category is a wash. If it wasn’t for Bloodborne and Uncharted, then maybe Xbox One would look a little better in the eyes of gamers -- but it doesn’t. In my personal opinion, Halo 5 was horrible.

That was the one game Xbox One had to redeem itself, and it flopped on its face. Microsoft should be kissing the feet of the developers of Rise of the Tomb Raider, because that is the only exclusive game worth playing on that console.

The Future

Does Xbox One have ground to make up? Absolutely, but they can definitely do it. Microsoft is doing a lot right now in order to catch up with the PS4, and they realize that progress starts with the most important factor -- the games! There are indeed some pretty impressive exclusives coming to Xbox One, not to mention their layout gets better and better by the week.

Maybe you disagree with me and maybe you are a sucker for the entertainment aspect that Xbox One brings to the table. However, the gamer in me has declared a winner -- and that winner is PS4.

France's "Luffy" Sets EVO Records with PS1 Controller Mon, 14 Jul 2014 18:17:06 -0400 Chris_Lemus

Europe has finally seen it’s first Street Fighter Evolution Championship Series (EVO) winner, but it came in the most unlikely of scenarios.

In his first grand finals appearance, Frenchman Oliver “Luffy” Hay defeated Masato “Bonchan” Takahashi in Street Fighter 4 using three categories no other Street Fighter champion has ever fallen into: a European played a female character (Rose) while using a Sony PlayStation 1 stock console controller.

Everything was lining up for Luffy to be another statistic as he was placed in the losers bracket, but he fought his way out against a lineup of mostly Japanese gamers who rested fight pads on their laps.

With his country’s pride on the line, and his PS1 controller, he only conceded two games while in the losers bracket. Both losses came against U.S. representative Darryl “Snake Eyez” Lewis in the semifinal round, defeats which almost stopped Luffy’s chances at becoming a champion.

Bonchan was waiting for waiting for him at the grand finals after winning two matches by a combined total of 6-2, but Luffy continued to dominate against the favored Japanese. The Frenchman became EVO’s 2014 Street Fighter 4 champion by a 3-1 reset, 3-1 victory.

The arcade stick / fight pad versus console controller debate has waged on throughout the gaming community, with no answer (or controller) reigning superior other than the fact that, until now, the latter has never won a Street Fighter EVO tournament.

While the Street Fighter 4 EVO 2014 championship round may not settle that debate, Luffy and his small grey stock controller are returning to Europe with the EVO 2014 Street Fighter 4 title.

I Never Shot My Eye Out! Mon, 25 Nov 2013 14:39:35 -0500 Ophylia1834

Dear Gamer Santa,

I have a bone to pick with you.  Many years ago you did not deliver the Official Red Ryder Carbine-Action Two-Hundred-Shot Model Air Rifle I begged for Christmas letter after letter.  I was devistated at the time, but now that I am older and wiser, I have decided that perhaps you would like to make up for the event in my life that lead to years (not to mention all of the thousands of dollars) in therapy.

My therapist recommends that I ask for a cash advance.  Now, I know gifts that come in envelopes may not be the reindeer's knees to some, but this girl loves a good, bulky envelope as much as an elf loves a jingle bell.  I am a business woman, you see, and although the price of that rifle was a small sum back in the day, it has been many years and with interest, I believe the rifle would be worth a good $1,000 today.

I accept cash, credit or check.  You know where you can find me.


The Kid Who Never Had the Chance to Shoot Her Eye Out

Omegathon - Final Round Winner Mon, 02 Sep 2013 22:11:34 -0400 Smoky Grey

The Omegathon Final Round was today at PAX. A series of one on one matches in a mystery game with a trip to Tokyo on the line.

Today's matches featured a game called Spy Party. In Spy Party you play a one on one match. The players either play as a spy or a sniper trying to kill that spy. The spy walks around a room filled with people trying to complete objectives while keeping themselves hidden from the sniper. The sniper watches the room full of people waiting for the spy to slip up.

This game is pretty interesting to watch. Sometimes the sniper hits his mark, sometimes the sniper hits an innocent civilian. There were quite a few hits, misses, innocent kills, and curse words thrown around the stage today.

Two Players Entered, Only One Left... To Tokyo

The winner of the Omegathon Final round is Nantucket. He took the win by avoiding the sniper and letting a poor innocent civilian get shot in his stead. After his impressive win in Spy Party he will be receiving an all expenses paid trip for two to the Tokyo Games Show.