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Friday, 1 October 2010

Sorry for the bad update!

Alright, I've been slacking alot the past three days, but here's a new post..

Check out this game --> Wednesday night scrim - ICE vs eG (LOAD)

You just love BreakyCPK - "the courl, the curl, the cörl, ah whatever, I just call it the cat"
anyways, well played by both of the teams, Forsaken archer played by Chu got Geometers bane at 16 mins and thats unbelievable! Check the game out, its a must :-)

Wednesday, 29 September 2010

Meet: Flint Beastwood

HoN Guide: Flint Beastwood
Flint Beastwood (Sniper from DotA) 
Skills:

Eplosive Flare - Range 800 - 75/175/225/300 Magic Damage - 14/20/26/32% Movement Slow

Hollowpoint Shells - Passive - 25/30/35/40% chance to inflict 20/30/40/50 bonus physical damage and stunning for .05/.1/.2/.2

Dead Eye - Passive - Increases attack range by 60/120/180/240 - at level 3/4 Flint can outrange towers

Money Shot - Range 1500/2000/2500 - After a 1.7 cast time, Flint fires a shot that will deal 355/505/655 Magic Damage and stuns for .2 seconds.

Tuesday, 28 September 2010

Honcast League Mid Season Recap

From: Honcast

We are at the half way point right now in the Honcast League $5,000 Invitational and it has been a very exciting season so far.  With week in and week out great matches taking place, the community is really getting a show out of this event as well as the teams being able to compete at least once a week against another worthy opponent.  There have been some downfalls such as DWi and 4AR both going inactive / disbanding during the event early on however that has not stopped the momentum for the teams or us here at Honcast.  With another team disbanding in mjw however, it opened room for the very entertaining team Dirty Minds to take their place in the EU division who will complete the seven teams.

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Looking at the standings as of now there are a couple of stand outs to highlight.  No surprise really in the US division LOAD is the top team with a 3-0 record, however tSm off to a very strong start with a 3-1 record with defeats against NvD, DRD and XTV and their only loss being to LOAD.  NvD and xFin make up the middle of the pack with some solid victories themselves, including xFin defeating SK Gaming.  DRD and SK have both had a disappointing start for themselves, however there is still plenty of season left to make up for that and with 6 of the 7 teams qualifying for the playoffs from each division it by no means is the end of the road.  XTV wraps up the list with an 0-3 record where coming into the event they weren't sure if they would be able to compete on a high tier level with some of the other teams, but have provided some entertaining ones at that.

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The EU division also brings some surprises to the community as well.  Leading the way is KD-Gaming who have come back onto the scene very strong with their new roster and stand with a 3-0 record as a result.  Empr and MSI both follow with a 2-1 record currently and this may not be really shocking for anyone other than the fact that MSI is 2-1 instead of 3-0 currently.  TSoG is the reason for that as they defeated MSI in week 3 of the event, however with disappointing losses to Empr and KD they currently sit at 2-2.  unZ and DrDz both have not had ideal starts with a 1-2 and 1-3 record including DrDz starting 0-3 until their week 4 victory over unZ but as stated earlier the season is only half way done and 6 of the 7 teams qualify for the playoffs.  Dirty Minds wraps up the EU division as they are replacing the recently disbanded mjw team, and as a result they absorb the record of 0-2.  So they will have five matches to make up for the slow start and try to recover in time to at least qualify for the playoffs.

Expect even more excitement in the second half of the season as the race for seeding and playoff position takes place and with $5,000 prize pool on the line, who knows what can happen.
For up to date standings and schedule, you can check the Honcast League Page at http://www.honcast.com/honcastleague/
For Honcast League Videos you can check them out HERE

Monday, 27 September 2010

Evil Geniuses announces aquisition of Loaded!

In what is a very big piece of news for not only competitive HoN but E-Sports in general, it was announced today that Evil Geniuses has aquired the gaming organization Loaded.  This means that arguably the #1 HoN team in the world right now will be known as Evil Geniuses.

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Statement from Evil Geniuses Site -

"TEAM EVIL GENIUSES ANNOUNCES THE ACQUISITION OF LOADED, LLC.


LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIASept. 23, 2010. – Today, Evil Geniuses (Team EG), one of the world’s leading professional gaming brands, has announced its acquisition of fellow North American professional gaming team Loaded, LLC.

Effective immediately, Evil Geniuses welcomes Loaded’s Executive Director, Brandon Freytag, as well as its world-leading Heroes of Newerth division and associated managerial staff. Freytag will join EG’s highest level of management in continuing to grow and promoting the company’s brand globally. Additionally, in the coming days EG will announce new partnerships with former Loaded sponsors for Q4 of 2010 and Q1 of 2011.
“EG has been at the forefront of gaming for over a decade and are considered the elite of pro gaming,” Brandon Freytag commented. “Along with our HoN team and staff, we are excited to be a part of such a proven gaming organization as EG. Joining up with them will only serve to create an even bigger and more exciting brand.”

“Brandon Freytag has done an impressive job of growing Loaded into one of the top North American eSports teams, and he’s done so at a truly remarkable pace,” stated Alex Garfield, Executive Director of Evil Geniuses. “He deserves much credit for his achievements with the Loaded brand, and we’re incredibly excited to welcome him, his players, and his staff to their new home at Evil Geniuses.”"

About Evil Geniuses
Founded in 1999, Evil Geniuses (Team EG) is North America’s premier professional gaming team and one of the world’s top electronic-sports brands. With some of the finest gaming talent nationally and internationally, Team EG’s players have won championship trophies in every major tournament circuit in pro gaming. Home to internationally renowned teams and players such as Isaac “Azael” Cummings-Bentley, Greg “IdrA” Fields, Jordan “n0thing” Gilbert, Manuel “Grubby” Schenkhuizen, and Justin “JWong” Wong, EG’s professional gamers focus on such titles as Counter-Strike, Quake, StarCraft II, Super Street Fighter 4, Warcraft III, and World of Warcraft.

Sunday, 26 September 2010

Saturday, 25 September 2010

The Fnatic MSI

Fnatic MSI based in Finland/Germany has been a top competitor in the European scene for
a long time, but it wasn’t until former ButtonBashers members Kay and Freshfrifly joined that
they began getting top-tier. This is my personal favourite team (Since before it was ‘cool’ to like them)
they’re consistently a fun team to watch. MSI often wins because they don’t let early game
losing get to their heads, and on more than one occasion have won games that were almost
certain defeats only 10 minutes earlier.

Titles:

2nd place in the Dreamhack event.
MSI currently sits at #1 on the community polls
Winner of the TWL tournament
2nd place at the Honcast Inviational.
Winners of the Newerth League kickoff tournament.
Winners of the Fnatic Play tournament

And here is some HonCasts with MSI:

Fnatic MSI vs LOAD
Fnatic MSI vs KDe
Fnatic MSI vs SK

Friday, 24 September 2010

League of Legends or Heroes of Newerth - what do you prefer?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R0hSyBVG_Rc - Not my preview, but a nice one!

In a survey thread recently concluded in DS, we had the opportunity to gauge the popularity levels of Heroes of Newerth, League of Legends and DotA itself among DS members. The results were as follows:
  1. League of Legends - 534
  2. Heroes of Newerth - 348
  3. Neither - 659
All right, before I’d say anything about the results, I gotta admit that the “Neither” option was a bit ambiguous. It could have meant only DotA, or both LoL and HoN or all 3 since there sincerely might be game geeks who will love DotA and all its succeeding ripoffs. Therefore it is not surprising to me that “Neither” got the most number of votes.
Lesson for the mods: make clear vote options. But that will be for next time.
Now, having said that, the numbers for LoL speaks volumes. Just ONE, clear-cut option gave it as much as 534 votes, indicating very much that LoL is bound to get a lot of fans and players from DS itself right after its official launch. Also, it’s openly known that Pendragon aka Steve Mescon, as well as Guinsoo aka Steve Feak were (and are) very much involved in DotA. It’s obvious they’ve been riding on the DotA tsunami to crash land LoL on our shores, presenting it as an attractive diversion. It is still unknown why a fallout happened between Icefrog and the two guys, but I bet gold it’s definitely got something to do with the thought-of notion that LoL will supersede DotA to oblivion.
May I suggest somebody go undercover to find out what’s really happening? :P You could start at their official website, http://www.leagueoflegends.com/
And then HoN. First things first, I think that HoN has several glaring weaknesses in terms of marketing and presentation. As of this moment, nothing concrete is being presented on their official website at http://heroesofnewerth.com/. Other than some eye-candy and a link to Facebook, we don’t know what hot stuff is going to take place on HoN and how. It’s true that Facebook is notorious for viral marketing and so the strategy of having an FB (not “a”, “an”) spotlight helps a lot, but you still gotta have a PROPERLY functioning website or blog first. Bad move.
Then the accusation that HoN is literally a clone of DotA. In this respect I have to admit that a perception battle is being waged and guys at S2 don’t seem to have it their way. The battle is not yet concluded, but if anything I think that HoN had better do something to avoid charges of unoriginality at the people’s court. The way I see it, the frog will never admit defeat. He is definitely adamant at making DotA stand out and make people who contend that LoL or HoN will eclipse DotA swallow their words. Remember, Blizzard has a stake in this battle too. If Dota gets less popular this equals very much less WC3 players. In other words, this is WAR and it is not just about defending the ancients anymore.
In this respect, it maybe why HoN got lesser votes than LoL or “neither”. Maybe I’m thinking a little too much, but somehow LoL is really lucky to have free propaganda. :P
As for me, I’m relishing the opportunity to catch both HoN and LoL in action. I don’t care about the tripartite war, all I care for is profit. And a dose of entertainment. :lol: