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Little Ripples into Big Waves

So last week so the launch of season two of the King-Of-The-Hill tournament we’ve been running – great stuff, more epic clashes and a hundred slight improvements we’re itching to implement for season 3. That’s still 8 games of though so no massive KOTH news (although you can catch up with the action here).

More importantly, I’d like to announce some wholescale restructuring. From here on out, Ra’II is being disbanded, it’s members joining the Wave group to become the new Wave.Int team!

This is a fantastic opportunity for us, and for me personally as the Wave isn’t only a players organization – its for casters/commentators/coaches/tournament admins and newbies too! If you’ve got a Dota itch or you think you might be suffering from the early symptoms, feel free to get in touch with us regardless of skill level by leaving a comment expressing your interest below., and we’ll hook you up.

Of course, I’m on this site as a video contributor. Things have been progressing wonderfully rthere as well, as I’ve taken full advantage of the jDL and have a host of pro games in the playlist below (as well as some other fun stuff) featuring the likes of Fnatic, Liquid, Titan and Scythe. Enjoy Amigos!

What jDL Means to Me…. plus EG v WWD!

Anyone whose been a-lurking on my blog will know that my Ra’II team has been competing in the joinDota League (jDL) – probably the largest open-access tournament in eSports, with hundreds of teams of every skill level. It’s an amazing opportunity and while we are far from the top of our bracket, every win is a celebration and every loss is a lesson learned.

The amazing thing about the tournament is that it isn’t just newly formed teams like us – there are big names up in the 1st division such as Alliance, Fnatic, RoxKis and more. What I only recently discovered, however, is the amazing opportunity this tournament offer to budding commentators like myself.

I honestly can’t believe I’m saying this… I thought it would be years before I could make this kind of announcement…

Ladies and Gentlemen your attention please. This week I bring you matches fought between top ranked teams featuring internationally renowned players: EVIL GENIUSES v WILD WITCH DOCTORS, cast by myself and davidy!

While I can’t be sure of future dates, I’m going to get the chance to cast even more of the amazing teams in the tournament in future weeks. To be in on the action, follow me on twitter and twitch to ensure you get those regular updates!

Speaking of davidy, there are big big plans on the horizon involving his team, The Wave…

But I’ll save that for next week 😛

King of the Hill Tournament, Season 1 is OVER

Greetings GFN!

When I started doing this whole casting Dota thing oh so long ago, I had no idea how quickly things would get rolling, or really what form they would take. Strangely enough, almost straight after I started a new trend arose in the lobby games I was playing with friends – a trend that soon became an all consuming obsession with becoming ‘The King’…

In short? A winner-stays-on (or King-of-the-Hill) tournament. Each match would consist of a challenge to the reigning king (the victor of the previous match). The king and the challenger would draft their players from the people in the lobby, and then play a regular Captain’s Mode game (where team captains are also responsible for drafting the heroes that their team will play).

The results were…. unpredictable to say the least. For those who want to watch without any spoilers, here’s the playlist of the entire first season right down to the nailbiting final match.

For those who want to skip to the juicy bits there will be a highlights video out within a few days on my youtube (choosing the choice bits from 11 hours of footage….) – but here’s a brief rundown of what happened:

1: Matches 1-4 see Davidy rocket into an undisputed 4 point lead over the entire field. Playing a range of strategies and reading his opponents like a book, the pace for the tournament was undeniably set…

2: Match 5 sees me take a shot at anti-Monarchism. I’ve been casting the last 4 matches, watching Davidy’s every move and had spent 3 days coming up with the perfect strategy… And it works! After overthrowing the king I’m immediately dethroned myself by Kick in Match 6, ending my dreams of world domination.

3: Matches 7-10 are a repeat of the first 4 – I’m casting a lot and Davidy, after successfully reclaiming his crown, rockets up another 4 points. The current leaderboard is:

Davidy: 8

Me: 1

Kick: 1

So Davidy has already won the tournament, which would run for 15 matches. Silver is still up for grabs though, and I’ve been doing lots of thinking…

4: Match 11 and I again challenge Davidy after spending a few days cowering on the casting couch coming up with stratagems. Breaking out Spirit Breaker (an incredibly effective early game hero unpopular at the moment as he scales badly into late game) I leave Davidy’s spirit broken with one of the quickest wins in the tournament thus far! Unfortunately his immediate counter-insurgency in Match 12 robs me again of my right to be King!


By this stage you may have noticed things were getting very Game-Of-Thronesy


5: Match 13 and the results seem set – Davidy is a mile ahead and likely to win the remaining matches if things continue. I’ve got my 2 points so I’m 99% likely to grab second… when a new challenger arrives. Phaedrus (new to the tournament) challenges Davidy and, in without a doubt the most epic, back and forth, nonsensical game EVER (no lie) becomes our new King. Scoring a victory over Lua Phaedrus is now tied with me in second place…

Davidy: 9

Me: 2

Phaedrus: 2

Kick: 1

6: Match 15 – PHAEDRUS, FIGHT ME! I’m the challenger in this epic battle to determine the silver medal. It’s been a long journey, but my victories have always been off the back of long sessions analysing my opponents from the shadows! Will I be able to beat this randomly-occuring, Davidy-beating, new guy who I have no data on!

Well you’ll just have to go and watch it yourself! Our epic final was certainly epic, but it was also the shortest game in the entire tournament – any bets on who was forced into calling GG?

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Greetings Grumblings Geek Force Network!

My name is Grumbl3dook – partner in crime of the infamous Cheeesetoastie. For those so inclined, I’m starting my own Twitch, Youtube and WordPress for the eternal glory of the worlds greatest video game (inflammatory statement much?) Dota 2.

If you have any interest in the game please check out my stuff – there’ll be a mix of commentaries, spoofs, team matches and patch analyses so basically the whole shazam. And if you’re interested but have no idea about the game try my first video – it goes through all the basics concepts to get you started on the latest (and most significant) chapter in your life: the dawn of Dota

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