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The previous week, eSports community was focused on CS:GO matches and World Championships of BlizzCon 2015. Meanwhile, there was a lull in Dota 2 world. Nevertheless, we picked news, which will be interesting to our readers.
The death of SMM manager of Tong.Fu
Today's article we begin with a very sad news. The SMM Manager of Tong.Fu died. He was only 18. He'd ignored the pain in his heart, which had preceded his death, and hadn't gone to doctor. It turned out he had myocarditis.
600 victories of Dendi!
This news is joyful. Natus Vincere's player Danil "Dendi" Ishutin achieved his 600th victory in official game, when he won the first game in a match against OG! Dendi takes 11th line in the Chart, having caught up with the reigning champion of The International Universe. We hope our player won't stop and eventually takes the first line in this list.
The list of players, who achieved 600+ victories:
- Silent ( Team Empire) — 689 victories/ 1 132 games
- s4 ( Alliance) — 682 victories/ 985 games
- Puppey ( Team Secret) — 656 victories/ 968 games
- Akke ( Alliance) — 648 victories/ 1 036 games
- N0tail ( OG) — 639 victories/ 1 053 games
- KuroKy ( Team Liquid) — 634 victories/ 985 games
- Loda ( Alliance) — 620 victories/ 988 games
- Funn1k ( Natus Vincere) — 610 victories/ 999 games
- Aui_2000 ( Digital Chaos) — 607 victories/ 1 042 games
- Universe ( Evil Geniuses) — 600 victories/ 971 games
- Dendi ( Natus Vincere) — 600 victories/ 985 games
Visa problems for the participants of The Frankfurt Major
The upcoming major-tournament suffers from visa issues. One of the winners of the qualifiers, the champion of The International 2012, Invictus Gaming will miss the event due to visa problem of its player super. The replacement of this player wasn't anticipated. Newbee.Young, which took third place at the qualifiers will replace Invictus Gaming. (Source)
Greedy the player of Peruvian Team Unknown, also faced visa problems. Fortunately, his history ended successfully: visa was finally issued. Furthermore, the manager of Team Secret announced that the members of LGD Gaming, CDEC Gaming and RU HUB team, which will cover the tournament for the Russian-speaking viewers, also faced problems. A prominent Russian-speaking caster Vitaliy "V1lat" Volochai confirmed it on his Twitter. We'll see what comes of it.
Visa problem is one of the most topical in eSports community as per moment. Natus Vincere also suffered it, when the Embassy denied visa for Akbar "SoNNeikO" Butaev before The International 2015. These problems once again call into question the necessity of formalization of the relations between states and eSports community. When community leaves the borderless Internet space and goes offline, it enters the environment, in which political relations between states impact players, teams and events. It means that a nongovernmental organization, like FIFA, is required.
Prize pool and the English casters of The Frankfurt Major
The division of the prize money of the Major was announced last week. The winner will gat about one third of the sum, which is more than the total prize pool of The International 2011 and 2012. The teams, which took last places also get the piece of the pie. The total prize money won by Team Unknown is 12 times as less as the prize money for the 16th place.
Along with the prize pool division, casters, analysts and interviewers were presented:
Hosts, interviewers, observers and stats
Team Empire announced reshuffle. yoku- left the team and was replaced with GeneRal.
Team Empire line-up:
- Ayrat "Silent" Gaziev
- Victor "GeneRal" Nigrini
- Roman "Resolut1ion" Fominok
- Ilya "AlohaDance" Korobkin
- Alexander "NoFear" Churochkin
CIS Rejects announced the new squad on their official page.
CIS Rejects line-up:
- Bogdan «Iceberg» Vasylenko
Andrey "ALWAYSWANNAFLY" Bondarenko
- Arthur "Goblak" Kostenko
- Roman "Ramzes666" Kushnariov
- Vasiliy "Afterlife" Shishkin
Garter left No Logic Gaming. He was replaced with Madara.
No Logic Gaming line-up:
- Milan "MiLAN." Kozomara
- Giwrgos "-SsaSpartan-" Giannokopoulos
- Steve "Xcalibur" Ye
- Damir "Mitch-zmaj" škaričić
- Omar "Madara-" Dabasas
Ninjas in Pyjamas decided not to participate in SL i-League StarSeries. The reasons haven't been announced, however, it is rumored that the team obtained an opportunity to take a vacant place of The Frankfurt Major and doesn't want to loose such chance. The Swedes haven't played a single match in SL i-League StarSeries, they were replaced with Yellow Submarine, in which former player of Natus Vincere now plays, namely Andrey "PSM" Dunaev.
Yellow Submarine line-up:
- Andrew "PSM" Dunaev
- Artem «ARTES» Horobey
- Roman "Scandal" Sadotenkov
- Yaroslav "Miposhka" Naydenov
- Ivan "Gorec" Kartanov
The last, but not the least, Kaipi, which now consists only of Romanian players. ComeWithMe was expelled from the team followed by the leave of Beesa, who disagreed with the decision and claimed he saw no future with the remaining players.
- Armand "bOne7" Pittner
- Alexandru "bufni" Palievici
- Mihai "canceL" Antonio