Q&A: Weedmaps’ Cody Dragon on the company’s push in esports

The term “prohibition” is used to refer to the 1920 nationwide ban on alcohol in the United States that lasted until 1933, but Cody Dragon, director of esports and gaming at Weedmaps, says we are living in the new era of prohibition.

December 3, 2016

Q&A: FYM Hot Sauce founder Dane Wilcox on backing Dota’s Team NP

When I heard that FYM Hot Sauce, a company based out of Portland, Oregon, had entered esports by sponsoring Team NP, I was confused. What do hot sauce and esports have in common? According to Dane Wilcox, the founder of FYM Hot Sauce, more Dota fans are interested in high quality hot sauce than one […]

November 4, 2016

The Absurdity and Genius of Chinese DotA Organizations

I’ll admit that I don’t watch many Chinese tournaments. Because of the time zone difference sometimes it’s just not possible, but watching the Chinese qualifiers for the Boston Major was my long overdue return to one of the most established scenes in the game. If you were like me and just started watching Chinese teams […]

November 1, 2016

Which Teams Deserve a Boston Major Invite?

The Boston Major approacheth. As always, Valve’s impending announcement of the invited teams is the subject of endless speculation. There have been three Dota 2 LAN events since the conclusion of The International, with only one of them featuring multiple regions in direct competition. Because Valve usually weights LAN results higher than online wins, this makes determining […]

October 21, 2016

True Sight Episode One Recap/Review

The first episode of Valve’s new documentary series, True Sight, premiered on Thursday featuring a look into Evil Geniuses and Fnatic as its first subjects. Valve describes True Sight as “a new documentary series that takes you behind the scenes of the journeys of professional teams,” and I would say that this first episode accomplishes just that. […]

October 18, 2016

Elite Wolves left off DotaPit Americas list despite winning open qualifier

In a continuation of their troubles in 2016, Elite Wolves were disqualified from competing in the upcoming Dota Pit Americas qualifier despite winning the open qualifier held on FACEIT in early September.

October 11, 2016

The Korean Role Reversal

The group stage for League of Legends’ World Championship concluded this weekend, with all three Korean teams in attendance topping their groups. Alongside them are two teams from China, one from North America, one from Europe, and another from Russia. It seems a foregone conclusion that a Korean team will win worlds for the fourth time in […]

October 11, 2016

DreamLeague has a (Boston) Major problem

Poor DreamLeague. Three weeks after DreamHack announced their plans and dates for Season 6 of their Dota league and LAN finals, and 10 days after the participating teams were announced, the Boston Major threw everything into disarray. Due to clashing schedules of teams that expect to participate in the upcoming Valve event Evil Geniuses, OG and Team […]

October 6, 2016

The Post-International Shuffle: Do These Rosters Matter?

Professional players have said for years that in Dota 2 all that matters is The International. Majors are a nice addition to a year of competitive play, but the $2.2 million OG’s roster made from winning two Majors — the first ever team to win multiple Valve events — was nothing compared to the $9,139,002 Wings Gaming […]

September 29, 2016

TI6 Roundtable: Dota 2 coaches and analysts describe approaches, challenges to the job

While at The International 6, Slingshot’s Cameron “Turbo” Regan conducted a roundtable with coaches and analysts of various teams to talk about their individual approaches and some of the challenges that come along with the job.

August 22, 2016