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Kuala Lumpur Major Analysis & Patch 7.20 (Ep 058)

If there was a theme of the Kuala Lumpur Major, it was top teams dominating.

In the group stage, all four #1 seeds won their groups (Secret, EG, PSG.LGD, and VP). Of those four, three beat their first round opponents 2-0. EG was the only top seed who lost their opening round match (that was to Ninjas in Pyjamas, who had a TI Champion — Mind_Control — standing in for them).

Join us for KL Major and Patch 7.20 analysis!

In this episode:

  • Aden breaks down VP’s performance like a total homer
  • Lorton breaks down Secret’s performance like a total homer
  • Secret and VP have effectively clinched their TI invites. What about EG and NIP?
  • The KL Major Meta — mids getting farm in the early game to set up their carry’s farm in the midgame
  • Strongest and weakest player-hero combinations at the KL Major
  • Who is the real NIP?
  • Are Fnatic underperforming expectations? (Depends whose expectations.)
  • How much do you read into LGD’s disappointing run down the stretch?
  • Denies no longer give XP. They give gold instead. Does it matter?
  • What happened to the most successful pro heroes of 7.19? (PL, Drow Ranger, Bane, IO, Weaver, Earthshaker)
  • What happened to the least successful pro heroes of 7.19? (Razor, Slardar, Dark Seer, Night Stalker)
  • What regions will get the extra qualifying slots for the Chongqing major?
  • Mineski and Mushi part ways. Whose future is brighter?
  • Recent TI Champion Ana is taking a break from Dota. Where does that leave OG?

Enjoy,
Aden and Lorton

PS — Lorton accidentally recorded his gaming headset microphone instead of his good podcasting microphone. We hope the quality content makes up for the lower-fidelity audio.

Anthony ‘Scant’ Hodgson Interview (Ep 057)

Anthony ‘Scant’ Hodgson struck a chord with the community when he published a Medium post detailing his last two years working for three organizations in Southeast Asia Dota: Mistreated, unpaid, and dismissed out of hand: Two years with Mineski, GESC and Entity Gaming

  • He was supposed to have an apartment paid for by Mineski. Instead he had a bedroom above the accounting department with no fridge, but plenty of cockroaches.
  • He worked as on-air talent for GESC eight months ago. He still hasn’t gotten paid for that.
  • He was supposed to have a contract with Entity gaming. They cancelled the contract with no notice, and he had to fight for a “courtesy” 15 days’ pay when Entity was contractually obligated to pay 30 days.

Today, we talk about the seedy underbelly of pro Dota.

Join us for a wide-ranging discussion, involving:

  • SEA Dota and why Scant is so invested in the scene
  • Unexpected reactions from the community
  • Progress in the SEA region (not just Dota) since Scant moved there
  • Racism and homophobia in Dota — experiences as an outspoken advocate for a better community
  • Job advice for young people, opportunities for businesses and content creators
  • A silly trivia game!

Enjoy,
Aden and Lorton

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Anthony ‘Scant’ Hodgson Interview (Ep 057)

Anthony 'Scant' Hodgson struck a chord with the community when he published a Medium post detailing his last two years working for three organizations in Southeast Asia Dota: Mistreated, unpaid, and dismissed out of hand: Two years with Mineski, GESC and Entity Gaming...

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